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Putting Together a “Brew Day Box” – Save Time & Frustration on Brew Days

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Why a Brew Day Box?

Over the years I’ve homebrewed, I’ve utilized a number of storage and organization strategies.  Some could be defined less as strategies and more as “piles”.  These strategies have ranged from, cardboard boxes, to big totes that I threw everything under the sun into to using smaller shoe box size containers and breaking everything out into categories.  The shoe box size organization method has worked well and other than a few large totes for bigger items, it’s what I’ve settled on.  At some point after going to that, I realized that when brew day rolled around, I had to collect items from a number of these containers.  I usually forgot something and had to look around, multiple times per brew day trying to find whatever I needed.  That evolved into putting together a container just for brew days.  I cleverly 🙂 call that my “Brew Day Box”.  This container houses nearly all the small odds and ends that I use when brewing.  I’ve also tried to make sure those things don’t really need removed at other times.  For example I use a refractometer regularly, not just on brew day, so… I bought another refractometer.  Everything that’s in my Brew Day Box generally… stay in my Brew Day Box.  This keeps everything in one place and I’m not wasting time trying to find stuff when I should be brewing.

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Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs for Brew Day and Beyond

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100BRN Standard Bus/Utility Box, 7.125 Gal, Brown

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100BRN Standard Bus/Utility Box, 7.125 Gal, Brown

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

  • The Rubbermaid 7-1/8 gallon commercial bus utility box has rounded corners allowing for a smooth transition between doors and other equipment without damage
  • The 7-1/8 gallon commercial bus utility box has reinforced handle bottom and ribs for added security when carrying
  • The Rubbermaid 7-1/8 gallon commercial bus utility box features a 5″ deep capacity along with holding up to 7-1/8 gallon of product
  • Dimension: 21.5″ x 17-1/8″ x 7″, All-plastic, professional construction, 7-1/8 gallon capacity
  • Bus/Utility Box, undivided, 7-1/8 gallon, 21-1/2″L x 17-1/8″W x 7″H, reinforced handle, bottom & ribs, rounded corners, dishwasher safe, brown, NSF, S.O.S. (Special Order Smallwares) product
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic, with reinforced handles, bottom and ribs for added strength
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning

 

I use these bus tubs (7 gallon size) on brew day and beyond for a number of purposes.

  • I use these to cart around gear and ingredients – saving trips back and forth.Bus Tubs Homebrew
  • As brew day starts, I’ll keep a dry/clean bus tub and a wet/needs to be cleaned bus tub.  Having two helps me keep clean things clean.  That means less unnecessary cleaning.
  • If I’m using my pump, I’ll keep one below that.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.
  • The ridges on the bottom make these a great place to drain and dry just cleaned gear.
  • When these are unused, they stack together to save space and offer a nice place to store brew day items.
  • Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.
  • See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond – Save Time and Effort When You Homebrew

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Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100BRN Standard Bus/Utility Box, 7.125 Gal, Brown – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Bar5F Heavy Duty Chemical Resistant Spray Bottle + Star San Tips & Tricks

BAR5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottle 32 oz, Chemical Resistant, Professional, Heavy Duty

BAR5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottle 32 oz, Chemical Resistant, Professional, Heavy Duty, Green


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

  • Trigger Spray Bottle – Fully Adjustable Nozzle – from a fine mist to a jet stream.
  • Chemical resistant bottle and sprayer.
  • All purpose; cleaning, house, kitchen, auto, etc

Related: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle – that details the “spray bottle technique” of easily and effectively sanitizing for pennies a batch.

BAR5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottle 32 oz, Chemical Resistant, Professional, Heavy Duty – 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.

Use a Wallpaper Prep Tray for Cleaning, Sanitizing and Storage of Longer Brewing Items

Pictured: Zinsser 98030 30-Inch Wallpaper Prep Tray – via Amazon

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Fix It! Repairing Loose Cornelius Keg Handles and Bases

Pictured: Loose Handle/Bottom Ball Lock Keg via Adventures in Homebrewing

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A loose corny keg handle or base can be an annoyance.  If your keg is in otherwise good shape, it may make sense to repair a loose handle or base.


Finding Loose Handle Kegs, How-To Continues Below:

Why would you want to find a loose handle or base keg. The answer is… they can be a great deal!

Adventures in Homebrewing is the one shop I know of that periodically sells loose handle or base kegs.

  • Availability of these is touch and go.
  • When they’re available available, these are generally one of the best Ball Lock keg deals around.
  • If you’re interested, based on past experience, I’d suggest picking these up sooner rather than later.

Loose Handle/Bottom Ball Lock keg w/PRV Lid


This technique comes via Facebook friend Jason Connect with HBF on Facebook].  Thank you Jason!

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Bar5F Heavy Duty Chemical Resistant Spray Bottle + Star San Tips & Tricks

BAR5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottle 32 oz, Chemical Resistant, Professional, Heavy Duty

BAR5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottle 32 oz, Chemical Resistant, Professional, Heavy Duty, Green


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

  • Trigger Spray Bottle – Fully Adjustable Nozzle – from a fine mist to a jet stream.
  • Chemical resistant bottle and sprayer.
  • All purpose; cleaning, house, kitchen, auto, etc

Related: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – Using Star San In a Spray Bottle – that details the “spray bottle technique” of easily and effectively sanitizing for pennies a batch.

BAR5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottle 32 oz, Chemical Resistant, Professional, Heavy Duty – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Search “Star San” on Amazon

More: Recent Amazon Finds

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.