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FLOTit Floating Dip Tube – $19.95 + free shipping

FLOTit Floating Dip Tube | no ARM-in-KEG | no clog | no transfer | no bottling

FLOTit Floating Dip Tube | no ARM-in-KEG | no clog | no transfer | no bottling

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FLÔTit floating dip tube.
Created by the maker of SPUNDit 2.0 – the world’s best spunding valve for pressure brewing!

Traditional fermenter keg has rigid dip to draw beer out from the bottom. So the first volume is always full of sediments of the yeast cake that could block/jam the poppet valve. So, you won’t get clear beer until most the sediment is removed and a lot of beer wasted until then. Many brewers resort to cutting the dip tube short to avoid this problem. The beer below the dip tube is wasted.
A number of floating dip tubes (FDT) were created to solve this problem where, instead of rigid tube, they have flexible silicone tube with a float at the distal end so they draw from the top first. However, there are a number of shortcomings of their designs as described here:

Blind connection inside the keg. Unless you are not using a corny keg, you have to stick your arm inside the keg to connect the silicone tubing to the short metal dip tube. This task is not only cumbersome but also prone to contaminating the interior of the keg.
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Prone to clogging. The floating end of the draw tube tend to embed into the yeast cake as the beer level gets low, sucking in sediments to clog the poppet valve. And since you can’t see inside a keg, you don’t know when the right time to stop drawing. CBDS design is good at keeping its draw inlet above the yeast cake, but it’s $42 and too big for small kegs such as PicoBrew kegs. The floats of Fermentasaurus, Fermzilla, Keg Buoy and Top Draw are really bad for this problem. The loosely attached intake tube always jams itself onto the yeast cake to suck up sediments, unless you have a clear fermenter to see and stop it the right time (see photo). Cask Widge is really designed for reducing sucking sediments of beer or wine casks – not fermenters loaded with yeast cake and trub at the bottom.
The screened intake of FLÔTit is ALWAYS 1/2″ above the yeast cake.

Drooping tube stirring things up. Unless the length of the silicone tube is properly sized for the keg or fermenter, at some level of beer, the lowest point of the drooping tube touches and stirs up the sediments to mess things up.
The silicone tube of FLÔTit never touches the yeast cake.

Unpredictable landing location. All these FDTs are not designed to control the landing location of the float. So for stainless steel kegs (inside is not visible), you can’t tilt, pool and draw the last layer of beer.
FLÔTit is designed to land its float directly under the gas post. The keg can then be tilted toward the gas post to pool the last bit of clear beer to the float’s intake.

Instruction for FLÔTit

The ideal overall length of FLÔTit tube (including the float) is determined by the keg’s shape & size. It should be the distance from liquid post’s opening to the keg’s bottom + 75% of the keg’s diameter (see the tube’s geometry in Fig. 1 above). This length would keep the silicone tube from dragging on and stirring up the trub/sedimen. It helps keep the screened section of the float parallel with and 1/2″ above the yeast cake when the keg is near empty. And it also keeps the float from “wandering” and coerces it to land at the opposite side of the liquid post (or under the gas post of Corny keg). To get most of beer out when the keg is near empty, just tip the keg toward the gas post so the most of the remain beer is pooled where the float is (under the gas post).
USEFUL TIP: For typical kegs, just cut the silicone tube equal to the height of the keg + 2″ (as a margin of error). Try it and cut back later if need be.
To install FLÔTit:
1. Be sure to sanitize all the parts and your hands.
2. Connect an appropriate length of the 7mm OD silicone tube to the short stainless steel dip tube and insert it through the liquid nipple until the dip tube’s O-ring is resting on the nipple. Re-install the liquid post by fingers until it stops turning and then turn another 1/2 to 3/4 turn with a wrench. Over-tightening will squeeze the integrated silicone too much and block the flow!!!
3. Use sanitized tongs or tool to fish the silicone tube out of the keg to connect its end to the tail of the float. Try to keep the tail in the float as you connect it to the silicone tube.
I made a HOOKit tool with stainless steel 3/32″ welding rod for this and you can do the same (see photo above).
4. Drop the the connected float back inside the keg.
5. Reinstall the liquid post tightly on the keg’s nipple.


 

This is a similar idea to William’s Brewing’s Top Draw and MoreBeer’s Torpedo Keg Buoy

My explanation of how this works…

When we carbonate a keg, pressure is being applied to the keg from the top, via the head space. Beer at the top carbonates first. That carbonation works it’s way down the keg. I’m sure there’s also some movement in the keg that helps to mix things up and distribute carbonation. But just sitting there, I think that mixing is a slow process. However it all works, practically speaking, the beer at the top carbonates more quickly compared to the beer at the bottom. This allows you to serve from the top accessing the more carbonated portion of the keg. It’s also a benefit for clarity because trub settles out heading downward. You can see this stratification in a glass carboy. As the beer starts to clear, the top clears first. I don’t think if this is exactly accurate, but I picture carbonation happening with the same sort of stratification until the beer reaches equilibrium and is equally carbonated throughout.

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FLOTit Floating Dip Tube | no ARM-in-KEG | no clog | no transfer | no bottling

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TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer + Save up to $30 + Hands on Review

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Designed specifically for homebrewers, the Tilt Hydrometer & Thermometer monitors both the specific gravity and temperature of your batch while its fermenting without having to open your fermenter and waste your beer for test samples, allowing you to brew more consistent batches of beer and makes each batch much easier to track. Using the Tilt App (Available Here!) you can instantly check on your batches readings using an Apple iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone/tablet. Designed with a high precision temperature sensor and accelerometer, the Tilt monitors your batch with a fine degree of control. The specific gravity is accurate +/- 0.002 within the Tilt’s 0.990 to 1.120 range. The included thermometer is accurate +/- 1 degree F. The increased transmission power of the Tilt gives it better reception and range, allowing it to send data through large, thick-walled fermenters and it will work with most Bluetooth 4.0+ devices. The Tilt was also built with efficiency in mind. The reduced power consumption allows to to use you Tilt batch after batch with the same battery. Each Tilt comes calibrated and ready to use with an included battery. Battery life is 12-24 months depending on usage. Easy to use, the Tilt makes a great addition to any brewhouse. Simply download the app, sanitize your Tilt, drop it into your fermenter, and start taking readings!

The Tilt Hydrometers comes in a rainbow of colors to brighten up your brew supplies, but these colors are not just cosmetic. Use a different color Tilt to monitor multiple batches of beer at the same time. The Tilt App will not read multiple hydrometers of the same color.

 

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iSpindel Digital WiFi Hydrometer! + DIY iSpindel & Compare w/TILT

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The iSpindel is a DIY Wi-Fi enabled hydrometer.  The project originated in Germany, but an English translation is available.

See: iSpindel Documentation

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Pre-Built iSpindel

As mentioned previously. the iSpindel is a DIY build.  However, it seems that some people are building these and selling them on eBay.  The pictured iSpindel is one such option.

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TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer – $126 AND Free Shipping + Hands on Review

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

Designed specifically for homebrewers, the Tilt Hydrometer & Thermometer monitors both the specific gravity and temperature of your batch while its fermenting without having to open your fermenter and waste your beer for test samples, allowing you to brew more consistent batches of beer and makes each batch much easier to track. Using the Tilt App (Available Here!) you can instantly check on your batches readings using an Apple iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone/tablet. Designed with a high precision temperature sensor and accelerometer, the Tilt monitors your batch with a fine degree of control. The specific gravity is accurate +/- 0.002 within the Tilt’s 0.990 to 1.120 range. The included thermometer is accurate +/- 1 degree F. The increased transmission power of the Tilt gives it better reception and range, allowing it to send data through large, thick-walled fermenters and it will work with most Bluetooth 4.0+ devices. The Tilt was also built with efficiency in mind. The reduced power consumption allows to to use you Tilt batch after batch with the same battery. Each Tilt comes calibrated and ready to use with an included battery. Battery life is 12-24 months depending on usage. Easy to use, the Tilt makes a great addition to any brewhouse. Simply download the app, sanitize your Tilt, drop it into your fermenter, and start taking readings!

The Tilt Hydrometers comes in a rainbow of colors to brighten up your brew supplies, but these colors are not just cosmetic. Use a different color Tilt to monitor multiple batches of beer at the same time. The Tilt App will not read multiple hydrometers of the same color.


 

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Hands on Review: Brewfather App – Recipe Formulation, Calculators & Brew Day Tools + Get a Free Trial

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Brewfather App

Depending on your brewing personality, you might take notes on paper, do no recipe calculations at all, or use brewing software. I started using BeerSmith when I moved to all-grain brewing, since there were more variables to control when making a recipe and more process steps to keep track of. I’ve been using BeerSmith 2 for the past 5 years, and that’s established my baseline expectations of brewing software. That’s the perspective used when I evaluated the Brewfather software.


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Hands on Review: Plaato Keg Management System

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Plaato Keg Management System

If you bottle your beer, it’s easy to know how much beer you have left. You look in your fridge and count bottles. But when you keg, it’s like an advanced version of a memory game, counting how many beers you poured, with which size glass, over several weeks of time. Or it’s like a carnival game where you to try to estimate how much is left by lifting the keg and seeing how heavy it still is. Sometimes these methods work, and sometimes you end up pouring the last beer before you get a chance to bottle one for your friend. Or your neighbor missed the beer you wanted him to try at the party because you didn’t realize the keg was that low.


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

Designed specifically for homebrewers, the Tilt Hydrometer & Thermometer monitors both the specific gravity and temperature of your batch while its fermenting without having to open your fermenter and waste your beer for test samples, allowing you to brew more consistent batches of beer and makes each batch much easier to track. Using the Tilt App (Available Here!) you can instantly check on your batches readings using an Apple iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone/tablet. Designed with a high precision temperature sensor and accelerometer, the Tilt monitors your batch with a fine degree of control. The specific gravity is accurate +/- 0.002 within the Tilt’s 0.990 to 1.120 range. The included thermometer is accurate +/- 1 degree F. The increased transmission power of the Tilt gives it better reception and range, allowing it to send data through large, thick-walled fermenters and it will work with most Bluetooth 4.0+ devices. The Tilt was also built with efficiency in mind. The reduced power consumption allows to to use you Tilt batch after batch with the same battery. Each Tilt comes calibrated and ready to use with an included battery. Battery life is 12-24 months depending on usage. Easy to use, the Tilt makes a great addition to any brewhouse. Simply download the app, sanitize your Tilt, drop it into your fermenter, and start taking readings!

The Tilt Hydrometers comes in a rainbow of colors to brighten up your brew supplies, but these colors are not just cosmetic. Use a different color Tilt to monitor multiple batches of beer at the same time. The Tilt App will not read multiple hydrometers of the same color.


 

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

Designed specifically for homebrewers, the Tilt Hydrometer & Thermometer monitors both the specific gravity and temperature of your batch while its fermenting without having to open your fermenter and waste your beer for test samples, allowing you to brew more consistent batches of beer and makes each batch much easier to track. Using the Tilt App (Available Here!) you can instantly check on your batches readings using an Apple iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone/tablet. Designed with a high precision temperature sensor and accelerometer, the Tilt monitors your batch with a fine degree of control. The specific gravity is accurate +/- 0.002 within the Tilt’s 0.990 to 1.120 range. The included thermometer is accurate +/- 1 degree F. The increased transmission power of the Tilt gives it better reception and range, allowing it to send data through large, thick-walled fermenters and it will work with most Bluetooth 4.0+ devices. The Tilt was also built with efficiency in mind. The reduced power consumption allows to use you Tilt batch after batch with the same battery. Each Tilt comes calibrated and ready to use with an included battery. Battery life is 12-24 months depending on usage. Easy to use, the Tilt makes a great addition to any brewhouse. Simply download the app, sanitize your Tilt, drop it into your fermenter, and start taking readings!

The Tilt Hydrometers comes in a rainbow of colors to brighten up your brew supplies, but these colors are not just cosmetic. Use a different color Tilt to monitor multiple batches of beer at the same time. The Tilt App will not read multiple hydrometers of the same color.


 

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  • Spend $100 at Adventures in Homebrewing and they’re giving you an extra 300 rewards points for free.  Some exceptions apply.
  • Rewards points figure to about a 5% value.  Example: 750 points – is about $37.50.  Normally, you get 1 point per dollar.  With this promo, you get an extra 300 points when you spend $100.  So, 100 + 300 = 400.  That’s a $20 gift card.
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Tilt Bluetooth Hydrometer – FREE $20+ Gift Card with Purchase + Hands on Review

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

Designed specifically for homebrewers, the Tilt Hydrometer & Thermometer monitors both the specific gravity and temperature of your batch while its fermenting without having to open your fermenter and waste your beer for test samples, allowing you to brew more consistent batches of beer and makes each batch much easier to track. Using the Tilt App (Available Here!) you can instantly check on your batches readings using an Apple iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone/tablet. Designed with a high precision temperature sensor and accelerometer, the Tilt monitors your batch with a fine degree of control. The specific gravity is accurate +/- 0.002 within the Tilt’s 0.990 to 1.120 range. The included thermometer is accurate +/- 1 degree F. The increased transmission power of the Tilt gives it better reception and range, allowing it to send data through large, thick-walled fermenters and it will work with most Bluetooth 4.0+ devices. The Tilt was also built with efficiency in mind. The reduced power consumption allows to use you Tilt batch after batch with the same battery. Each Tilt comes calibrated and ready to use with an included battery. Battery life is 12-24 months depending on usage. Easy to use, the Tilt makes a great addition to any brewhouse. Simply download the app, sanitize your Tilt, drop it into your fermenter, and start taking readings!

The Tilt Hydrometers comes in a rainbow of colors to brighten up your brew supplies, but these colors are not just cosmetic. Use a different color Tilt to monitor multiple batches of beer at the same time. The Tilt App will not read multiple hydrometers of the same color.


 

Get $22 Back!

  • Spend $100 at Adventures in Homebrewing and they’re giving you an extra 300 rewards points for free.  Some exceptions apply.
  • Rewards points figure to about a 5% value.  Example: 750 points – is about $37.50.  Normally, you get 1 point per dollar.  With this promo, you get an extra 300 points when you spend $100.  So, 100 + 300 = 400.  That’s a $20 gift card.
  • No coupon code is necessary.
  • This applies to nearly everything.  There are some exceptions.  Look for “x points will be rewarded to you when you buy this item.” on product pages to make sure items qualify for the extra points.
  • Important Note: Using guest checkout means no way to track points. You must create an account and login to get this deal.
  • TILT is selling for $140.  That earns you 140 points.  140 + 300 = 440.  That equates to a about $22 back toward a future purchase and can be immediately redeemed for a $20 gift card.

Tilt Hydrometers at Adventures in Homebrewing!

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