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San Jamar Versa-Mat 12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – $5.12 + free prime ship + Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery

San Jamar Versa-Mat Interlocking Sanitary Bar Mats

12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mat by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.  Allows for airflow under glassware.

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  • Versatile Service – Mats can be cut to accommodate curves and other contours making it the custom choice for a variety of environments
  • Interlocking Mats – Lightweight design cuts easily to accommodate the perfect fit in any space configuration
  • Superior Airflow – Unique raised design allows for superior airflow under glassware to reduce mold build-up
  • Non-Slip Surface – Prevents mat from sliding around when in use and protects glassware rims
  • Easy Disassembly – Strips disassemble and are dishwasher safe for quick clean up

 

I purchased a number of these (mine are clear) in 2015 and have since found them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use this in bottom of my kegerator.  More info on that here – Upgrade Your Kegerator – 6 Improvements

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “kegerator” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

7/10/20 11 PM Central: These are selling for just $5.12.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

San Jamar Versa-Mat Interlocking Sanitary Bar Mats – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

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(100) 3ml Transfer Pipettes [Refractometer & pH Samples, measuring Star San] – $5.99 + Free Prime Ship

Karter Scientific 206H3 3ml Graduated Transfer Pipette, Cap 7ml, 1/2ml Grads, 155mm (Pack of 100)

(100) Transfer Pipettes from Karter Scientific.  Total of 5 ml capacity, 3 ml of which are graduated in 1/2 ml increments.  Comes with a dispenser box.

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  • Capacity: 7.0ml
  • Graduations: 0.5, 0.5ml to 3.0ml
  • Material: LDPE
  • Length: 155mm

Karter Scientific is a registered trademark in United States of America. To maintain quality control, authorized permission is required in the resale of our products. Karter Scientific liquid handling offerings include a full selection of sterile and non-sterile Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) transfer pipettes. LDPE is non-toxic and chemically inert to biological fluids and most acids and can withstand a temperature range from -50°C to 90°C. Pipettes may be heat-sealed and frozen in liquid nitrogen for sample preservation.


 

Use for collecting refractometer samples, pH samples and more on brew day and beyond.

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “refractometer” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

You could also use these to dose out Star San for mixing 1 gallon batches.  See: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – you’d use the 3 mL marking, twice (total of 6 mL) to do that.

6/30/20 9 PM Central: These are selling for $5.99.  That figures to just 6 cents each. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Transfer Pipette, 7.0ml Capacity, 3.0ml Graduated, Large Bulb, 155mm, 3.2ml Bulb Draw, Karter Scientific 206H3 (Pack of 100) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also Consider: Globe Scientific 139050 LDPE Extra Long Transfer Pipet, Non-Sterile, 300mm Length, 23.0mL Capacity (Box of 100) – these are about 12″ long and, depending on the fermenter and batch size, are long enough to take refractometer samples from the fermenter.

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12 x San Jamar Versa-Mat 12″ x 12″ Interlocking Drying Mats – $50.99, $4.25 each + Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery

San Jamar Versa-Mat Interlocking Sanitary Bar Mats

TWELVE X 12″ by 12″ interlocking bar mat by San Jamar.  These interlocking mats are versatile.  Multiple mats can be joined for larger areas and they are flexible and easy to cut to shape.  Allows for airflow under glassware.

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Versatile Service – Mats can be cut to accommodate curves and other contours making it the custom choice for a variety of environments
  • Interlocking Mats – Lightweight design cuts easily to accommodate the perfect fit in any space configuration
  • Superior Airflow – Unique raised design allows for superior airflow under glassware to reduce mold build-up
  • Non-Slip Surface – Prevents mat from sliding around when in use and protects glassware rims
  • Easy Disassembly – Strips disassemble and are dishwasher safe for quick clean up

 

I purchased a number of these (mine are clear) in 2015 and have since found them very handy.  I use them for drying brew day gear and glassware and also underneath my fermenter in my fermentation deep freeze to improve airflow and keep the fermenter out of any condensation that might show up).  I also use this in bottom of my kegerator.  See: Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

6/29/20 8 PM Central: These are on sale for $50.99.  That figures to just $4.25 per tile.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

San Jamar Versa-Mat Interlocking Sanitary Bar Mats  – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

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5 lbs Straight-A Premium Cleanser – use just 1 tablespoon/gallon – $24.99, $5 per lb + free ship eligible

Straight-A Premium Cleanser (5 lbs)

Straight-A Premium Cleanser (5 lbs) from Adventures in Homebrewing

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5 Lb tub of Easy Clean Cleanser (use one tablespoon per gallon of water)

Cleans with oxygen and does not contain any chlorine, bisulphites, organic compounds or phosphates. Superior wetting power helps water penetrate and lift soils off surfaces. Removes labels with minimum soak time. Higher alkalinity dissolves and neutralizes acidic soils. Environmentally sound and biodegradable.

Use 1 tablespoon per gallon of water


 

  • As of this posting, AIH has this for just $24.99.  That figures to $5 per lb
  • Get Free Shipping!  Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on most orders of $55 or more to addresses in the contiguous US.

Straight-A Premium Cleanser (5 lbs)

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(6) 20 mL Syringes – $4.58 + Free Shipping + Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

6 Plastic Syringe Liquid Lubricant Measuring Tool 20 ml

Why would these have anything to do with homebrewing, you ask?  Great question.  These are an easy way to measure 6 mL of Star San.  Put 6 mL of Star San in 1 gallon of distilled water and you’ve got sanitizing solution.  Fill up a spray bottle and you’re ready to sanitize for pennies a batch.  See: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

6/29/20 3 AM Central: These are selling for $4.58. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

6 Plastic Syringe Liquid Lubricant Measuring Tool 20 ml


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

5 lbs Easy Clean – No Rinse, One Step Cleaner & Sanitizer – $15.99, $3.20 per lb

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB from Adventures in Homebrewing

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5 Lb tub of Easy Clean Cleanser (use one tablespoon per gallon of water)

Oxygen based with a favorable cleaning power and sanitizes on contact. No rinsing required.

 

  • As of this posting, AIH has this for just $15.99.
  • Bonus, 5% Back: Get the equivalent to about 5% back on nearly everything via AIH’s Rewards Program
  • Get Free Shipping!  Adventures in Homebrewing is offering free shipping on most orders of $55 or more to addresses in the contiguous US.

Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB

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THREE x Chemical Guys 16 Oz Chemical Resistant Spray Bottles – $17.98, $6 each + free prime ship & Star San Tips

Chemical Guys ACC137 Secondary Container Dilution Bottle with Natural Sprayer (3 Pack), 16 oz.

Chemical Guys ACC137 Secondary Container Dilution Bottle with Natural Sprayer (3 Pack), 16 oz.

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  • Chemical-resistant detailing product bottle
  • This bottle comes with stock sprayer heads that you know from every spray able Chemical Guys product
  • Clear bottle body for easy product identification and level checking
  • 16 oz. bottle capacity for professional detailing in any situation
  • Printed labels for easy product dilution, hazard identification, and precaution statements

 

Also: Star San Tips & Tricks – includes Spray Bottle Method of Sanitizing

6/23/20 11 AM Central: These are selling for $17.98.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

Chemical Guys ACC137 Secondary Container Dilution Bottle with Natural Sprayer (3 Pack), 16 oz. – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

THREE x 16 Oz Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle & Sprayer by Chemical Guys… $10.99, $3.66 each, OOS, but orderable + Star San Tips

Chemical Guys Acc_121.16HD3 Acc_121.16HD-3PK Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle and Sprayer (16 oz) (Pack of 3)

Chemical Guys Acc_121.16HD3 Acc_121.16HD-3PK Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle and Sprayer (16 oz) (Pack of 3)

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Professional grade, long lasting durability coupled with premium chemical resistance and ultrafine mist; 3 sprayers and 3 bottles
  • 1.3 milliliter per stroke, 30-40 percent greater than standard trigger sprayers; nozzle O-ring and piston cup are made of chemical resistant Viton
  • Adjustable tip allows sprayer to deliver superior sprays or ultrafine mist sprays; excellent for water-based and oil-based chemicals
  • Superior results when used with spray waxes, carpet cleaners, dressings, window cleaners and even thicker water based dressings; 9-3/4 inch stem allows sprayer to be sized for 32 ounce and 12 ounce bottles
  • End sprayer comes complete with light filter to assure maximum passage of chemicals; designed to be an effective cleaning tool under all conditions

 

Also: Star San Tips & Tricks – includes Spray Bottle Method of Sanitizing

6/19/20 6 PM Central: These are selling for just $10.99.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderNote: As of this posting these are out of stock.  Order to reserve yours at this great price and Amazon will ship as soon as they’re available.  Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page 

Chemical Guys Acc_121.16HD3 Acc_121.16HD-3PK Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle and Sprayer (16 oz) (Pack of 3) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Not Just for Bars Anymore… Using Interlocking Bar Mats Around Your Home Brewery!

In spite of not actually having a formal home bar, I’m a big fan of… bar mats.  Generally speaking these are made for food-related uses and  they’re designed to be wet from time to time.  They provide a nice surface to set things on all the while increasing air flow.  That increased air flow helps get and keep things dry.  Better airflow can also help regulate temperature better.

Personally, I’ve used San Jamar’s Versa Mat, but many other similar products are available.  Mine are 12″ x 12″, lock together for use in larger areas and can be trimmed when needed.

On the shelf of my brewing area work table – TRINITY EcoStorage NSF Stainless Steel Table, 48-Inch – Hands on Review – helps things dry.

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8 Oz Star San $10.99 + free ship eligible & Why This is My Favorite Size

Star San Acid Sanitizer.  8 oz size.  No rinse when mixed properly.  Container includes built in measure.

Star San is my sanitizer of choice.  It is effective, food safe and no-rinse.  It is also very cost effective if you use the spray bottle method.  See: Tip: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle – includes information on Star San’s shelf life.

  • As of this posting, CRAFT’R has the 8 ounce size Star San for $10.99.
  • Shipping is also free to addresses in the lower 48 states with a $49 order.  Check out CRAFT’R’s Best Sellers to help you put together and order that qualifies for free shipping.

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My Favorite Size and Why: Considering the shelf life of Star San concentrate is 1 to 2 years, If you’re using the Spray Bottle Method [See: Tip: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle], I generally recommend purchasing the 8 ounce size.  8 ounces of concentrate yields about 39 gallons of mixed solution.  The spray bottle method is very efficient, so you don’t end up using much sanitizer per batch.  Let’s say you use 1/4 gallon (which I personally think is high) for each batch, the 8 ounces size yields enough mixed solution for around 157 batches.  That figures to about 13 batches per month over a 1 year period.  If you use 1/8 gallon (which I think is more realistic) that equates to about 26 batches per month over a 1 year period.  The larger 16 and 32 ounces sizes may be a lower cost per ounce, but if you’re unable to use it within Star San’s shelf life, you’ll just be throwing sanitizer away or using less effective past date sanitizer.  Getting a smaller bottle more often means your Star San is fresher.

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