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Eva Dry E-500 Dehumidifier [Fix Kegerator Condensation] – $19.97 + free prime ship

New and Improved Eva-dry E-500 Renewable Mini Dehumidifier

Like many homebrewers and craft beer lovers, I use a chest freezer for chilling and serving kegs. Eva Dry Kegerator Condensation The big downside I’ve experienced is with that is… condensation.  Not just beads of water on the sides, I had pooling water in the bottom.  Not a good thing.  This varies by how often I’m in it and the weather, but the fact is, a chest freezer just isn’t designed to deal with condensation like a refrigerator is.

Enter the Eva-Dry E-500.  The Eva-Dry E-500 contains desiccant beads  that absorb moisture.  As this material absorbs moisture it also changes color.  Dark blue means it’s dry and pink means it’s becoming saturated.  The great thing about the Eva-Dry E-500 is that the desiccant material is reusable.  The unit contains a built in heater that drives off built up moisture.  When it becomes saturated, plug it in overnight and it’s ready to go again the next day.  I also use on of these in my fermentation chamber.

See: Damp Kegerator? Fix Kegerator Condensation

7/9/20 8 AM Central: This is selling for $19.97.  That’s 70 cents shy of the best historical direct from Amazon price I found, notwithstanding Lightning Deals or coupons. 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.

New and Improved Eva-dry E-500 Renewable Mini Dehumidifier


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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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  • 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

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Tip: Lodge Pan Scrapers for Cleaning Fermenters

Lodge Pan Scrapers. Handheld Polycarbonate Cast Iron Pan Cleaners. (2-Pack. Red/Black)

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Credit for this idea goes to Drew Beechum.   Drew is the author of Experimental Brewing, Homebrew All Stars and lots more.  Check out his Author Page at Amazon to learn more about Drew

Drew Says… “An absolutely underrated tool – particularly for getting stubborn Krausen off of stainless without scratching!”

Lodge Pan Scrapers. Handheld Polycarbonate Cast Iron Pan Cleaners. (2-Pack. Red/Black) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Tip: Use Two Scales if You’re an All Grain Brewer

UltraShip 55 lb. Digital Postal Shipping & Kitchen ScalePictured: Ultraship Ultra-55 – via Amazon – Hands On Review

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  • As all grain brewers we are generally weighing things in two categories.  Moderately large amounts of things – like grain – and smaller amounts of things – like hops and water salts.
  • Although weighing both types of things involve a scale, they are really wildly different activities.

But Why?

  • I’ll take the Ultraship Ultra-55 [Hands On Review] as an example.  That has been my go-to grain scale for years and years.  It has a large 55 lb capacity, the tare feature and the face removes so that you can weigh large items (like buckets of grain) and still easily read the display.
  • The Ultraship Ultra-55 has a resolution of 2 grams when weighing up to 1 kg (about 2.2 lbs).  From 2 lbs to 50 lbs it has a resolution of .5 oz.  If we’re weighing 20 lbs of 2 row, this works great.  If you’re 2 grams or a half an ounce off either way, it really doesn’t matter.  How about hops?  A 2 gram resolution would work in a pinch, but I don’t think most brewers would be happy with that.  Weighing water salts are completely of the question with this sort of precision/resolution.  But.. it’s a great grain scale.
  • Second example… American Weigh 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale [Hands on Review].  That scale has an outstanding 1/100th gram resolution.  That’s great for weighing hops accurately AND weighing water salts.  How about for your all grain grist bill?  It should be awesome right?  No.  100 grams equates to about .22 lbs.

The right tool for the job: As scale capacity goes up, resolution, precision and accuracy generally go down.  Very accurate scales with higher capacities do exist, but they’re very expensive.  If you’re looking for something like this or just want to see prices, try this search on Amazon.  It searches “high capacity lab scale” in the Industrial & Scientific category sorting from high to low price.

  • Recommendation: Use one larger capacity scale for measuring grain.  Important features to consider: Tare (allows you to subtract the weight of the container that’s being used), Pounds/Kilograms Display, Digital Readout, Either Auto Hold or a Removable Face (this allows you to weigh large objects like a bucket of grain.  An AC Adapter is also nice to have.  This Ultraship scale is what I use.  I’ve used it for years and have been very happy with it.  It features a removable face to easily weigh larger objects.
  • Recommendation: Use one smaller, more accurate scale for weighing hops, spices and water salts.  Tare, Pounds/Kilograms and Digital Readout are important for this one.  You’ll want something that measures to an accuracy of 1/10th of a gram.  You’ll be using grams for water salts and you should consider using grams for hops.  Consider the AWS-100

What about Extract Brewers?

If you’re an extract brewer or you can only keep one scale because of budget or space, look for something in the middle, something with an 11 to 15 lb capacity and a 1 gram resolution – something like this.  You can use that to weigh out grain bills – you may need to split your grain bill up into a couple batches to get under the capacity and 1 gram will work for hops.

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Checking for Draft System CO2 Leaks – Using The Pressure Gauge Method

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For the most part, checking for keg liquid and CO2 leaks is pretty straightforward.  Is beer leaking?  Then you’ve got a liquid leak.  Is there six inches of beer in your kegerator?  That one’s really easy to spot.  If beer is shooting out like a geyser, you’ve got a… fast leak. 🙂

For kegerator CO2 leaks, it’s a generally a little more work, but still pretty easy… spray everything with Star San [via Amazon] solution (diluted of course) and look for bubbles.

A problem spot.  There is one place on the CO2 side that the soak-everything-with-Star-San method doesn’t really work…. the keg’s gas post.  Testing at this point using the spray bottle method is impossible (or at the very least difficult and messy).  Unless your poppet is messed up, leaks will only surface here when a gas QD is actually engaged.  The problem is, you can’t easily see that spot when a QD on.  Stated more simply, you need a QD on to see if it’s leaking, but you can’t see it if a QD is on.

Enter what I call the “pressure gauge method”.  The pressure gauge method can check the entire keg including gas QD connection and any connected tubing without soaking everything and the resulting clean up.

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Tip: Save Money by Buying Homebrew Keg O-Rings in Bulk

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Saving Dry Yeast With a Vacuum Sealer

tips to save homebrew yeastUS-05 image courtesy of MoreBeer’s Safale US-05 Offering

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I periodically brew small batches that require less that a full packet of dry yeast.  See: Small Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing + Water Calculation Spreadsheet.  For that matter, sometimes larger beers require a full packet plus.

To save money and reduce waste, I use my vacuum sealer to store partial packets of dried yeast.

Here’s the procedure I use…

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Use Heat Resistant Gloves for Minding Yeast Starters & On Brew Day

G & F 1689L Heat Resistant Glove Commercial Grade, LargePictured: G & F Heat Resistant Oven Glove via Amazon

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  • I use a heat resistant oven glove when I’m making yeast starters in an Erlenmeyer Flask.  It’s really handy (pun intended) to swirl around the flask or to quickly remove to keep the flask from boiling over.
  • These are also handy on brew day for handling hot, (but not wet) ball valves and such.
  • A lot of these types of gloves, including the pictured model and the ones I use are not waterproof.  As such, they should not be used with hot liquids.
  • Some silicone models are available that may offer some water resistance.  Generally speaking silicone gloves are going to be less flexible.  That may make it harder to pick things up.  You’re trading off some water resistance for grip.
  • Safety Note: Always use caution when handling hot items or ingredients and always read and follow manufacturer directions.
  • Search Amazon for “heat resistant oven glove”
  • Search Amazon for “heat resistant waterproof silicone gloves”
  • Ove Glove HH501-18 Hot Surface Handler Oven Mitt Glove – via Amazon
  • G & F Heat Resistant Oven Glove via Amazon

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Avery 5410 – 600 x 1″ Round Printable Labels – Great size for labeling beer caps – $6.99, 1.2 cents each + free prime ship

Avery Self-Adhesive Removable Labels, 1-Inch Diameter, White, Pack of 600 (5410)

Avery 1″ Round Multi Use Labels.  600 total labels.


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  • Labels stick, stay and remove cleanly without leaving a residue
  • Ideal for drawers, containers, boxes, shelves and other smooth surfaces
  • Pack of 600 Labels

1″ round labels work really well for labeling beer caps.  Labeling caps works especially well if you’re planning to reuse the bottle.  There is no work involved in removing old labels before next use.

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These are printable labels so you can create some nice looking labels.  Avery offers free templates for popular software including Microsoft Word as well as free online design and print tool.

5/7/20 4 AM Central: These are selling for $6.99.  That figures to about 1.2 cents each.  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 

Avery Self-Adhesive Removable Labels, 1-Inch Diameter, White, Pack of 600 (5410)


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Tip: Filling a quick bottle or growler from your kegerator faucet – new counter pressure option

kegerator fill

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  • If you need a quick bottle or two or a growler filled from your kegerator, there’s no need to hook up your Beer Gun or Counter Pressure Bottle Filler.  Just slip a piece of tubing over your faucet and pour.
  • 3/8″ ID Tubing fits snugly over most picnic/cobra faucets.
  • 1/2″ ID Tubing fits snugly over most Perlick type faucets.
  • If you’re an Intertap faucet user, consider the Growler Filing Attachment
  • If you use forward sealing faucets a counter pressure option is now available that allows you to easily counter pressure fill bottles without a lot of tubing and cleanup.  See: Tapcooler Counter Pressure FillerHands on Review
  • Make sure your length of tubing goes all the way to the bottom of the container you’re filling
  • Sanitize the tubing and the receiving bottle.
  • Reduce your regulator PSI down to 2 or 3 PSI, vent your keg to release excess pressure and fill your bottle or growler slowly from the bottom.
  • Cap on foam and you’re good to go.
  • If you have a compatible forward sealing faucet, The Tapcooler is worth a hard look.  This is a counter-pressure filler that attaches directly to your faucet.  Since it attaches directly to your faucet, you don’t have all the tubing to deal with.
  • Search Amazon for “Growler Filler”
  • Top Post: Tips and Gear for Growler Filling
  • Related Categories: DraftPortable ServingBottling

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