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Digital Caliper + Spare Battery [measure fittings, o-rings and more]

Digital Caliper, Adoric 0-6" Calipers Measuring Tool - Electronic Micrometer Caliper with Large LCD Screen, Auto-off Feature, Inch and Millimeter Conversion

Digital Caliper, Adoric 0-6″ Calipers Measuring Tool – Electronic Micrometer Caliper with Large LCD Screen, Auto-off Feature, Inch and Millimeter Conversion

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  • ✔PRECISE MEASUREMENT✔ Measurement range: 0 – 6”/ 0 – 150mm; Resolution: 0.01”/ 0.1mm; Accuracy: ±0.2mm/0.01”. Perfect and accurate caliper measuring tool for household/DIY measurement. Ideal gifts for mother’s day.
  • ✔4 MEASURING MODES✔ This digital caliper can be used to Measure inside and outside diameter, depth and step with two sets of jaws and a probe. Powered by battery, comes with a pre-installed battery and a spare battery.
  • ✔INCH/MM CONVERSION✔ One button quick switch between two units: inch and millimeter, definitely save your time. Made of rugged plastic carbon fiber composites, durable and portable.
  • ✔ZERO SETTING FUNCTION✔ The smart design allows you to set zero with an easy touch of a button and start a new measurement at any point of the scale, ideal for differential measuring.
  • ✔LARGE LCD SCREEN & AUTO OFF✔ The large and easy-to-read LCD display helps you get precise results quickly and easily, auto shutdown for saving battery after 5 minutes if without operation.

 

I use calipers around my home brewery to… measure things. 🙂  Including… fitting sizes, o-ring sizes [See: Bulk Keg Orings and Keg Repair Part Numbers]

Digital Caliper, Adoric 0-6″ Calipers Measuring Tool – Electronic Micrometer Caliper with Large LCD Screen, Auto-off Feature, Inch and Millimeter Conversion


CO-Z 5 Piece Step Drill Bit Set and Case – [Add a Weldless Bulkhead to Your Kettle]


CO-Z 5pcs Hss Cobalt Multiple Hole 50 Sizes Step Drill Bit Set with Aluminum Case

CO-Z 5pcs Hss Cobalt Multiple Hole 50 Sizes Step Drill Bit Set with Aluminum Case

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  • Cobalt high speed steel along with the titanium coating ensures extreme durability, will stay new and shiny for years to come.
  • Different sized shanks ensure compatibility with 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 in. chuck sizes.
  • Non-walking drill tip provides fast and smooth drills on steel sheets, aluminum sheets, wood board, plastic board etc. (the board must be smaller in thickness than the height of step drill bits).
  • Please mark the spot that you are to drill for easier drilling and improved drill bits life.
  • All the bits come in a well-organized case for easy transport and storage.

 

Possible Uses: Drill a hole in your kettle based brew kettle, mlt or hlt so that you can add a weldless bulkhead, ball valve or thermometer.

CO-Z 5pcs Hss Cobalt Multiple Hole 50 Sizes Step Drill Bit Set with Aluminum Case

Hands on Review: Craftsman Deep Well Sockets for Ball Lock Keg Posts

What Size Are Ball Lock Keg Posts Sizes?

There are two primary post sizes for standard ball lock kegs.  11/16″ and 7/8″.  These can come in both 6 point and 12 point, compatible variations.  I’ve seen two other post sizes. 5/8″ and 9/16″.  I consider those more non-standard.  This post focuses on 11/16″ and 7/8″.

I usually use a wrench when dealing with ball lock keg posts.  I have one wrench that works with both sizes – See: Hands on Review: “Ball Lock Keg Wrench” – 11/16″+7/8″ Ratcheting Wrench – via Apollo Tools Wrench Set – but having a socket is sometimes super handy and sometimes potentially required.

What about 12 Point vs 6 Point Posts?

ball lock post sizes

For the larger 7/8″ posts I’ve seen both 6 point and 12 point styles.  A 12 point socket will work on a 6 point post, but not vice versa.  For the smaller 11/16″ posts I have only seen 6 point.  Not to say that 12 point don’t exist, I just don’t recall seeing any.

This post looks at both sizes to prove what I’m saying here, however, when looking for a 7/8″ socket, I recommend a 12 point design.  That gives you the flexibility to work with both 6 and 12 point style posts.  For the smaller 11/16″ socket, a 6 point design should work.

These Only Work With Ball Lock Kegs, Why?

These sockets will only work with standard Ball Lock Keg Posts.  Pin Lock Kegs require a special socket that has a notch in it to allow the post pin to slip through.

Lots more info… What’s the Difference Between Ball Lock Kegs and Pin Lock Kegs?

If you need a Pin Lock Socket, See: Keg Sockets – Choose Your Sockets – via Keg Connection, choose the Pin Lock Option


Hands on Review Craftsman Sockets for Ball Lock Keg Posts

This post looks at four Craftsman Deep Sockets.  I purchased these at Amazon.  Note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear when you click on the product link

Since the driver that I keep in my brewery area is 3/8″ drive, I also used this adapter

Craftsman Socket Adapter 1/2″ Drive to 3/4″ (04271)

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Pin Lock Corny Keg Post Socket – $13.95 + Free Shipping + What’s the Difference Between Ball and Pin Lock Kegs

Pin Lock Post Removal Socket

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3/8″drive 13/16 deep socket. Hand crafted and guaranteed. This specially designed Socket makes removing pin-lock keg posts quick and easy. You have to be careful with pin lock posts because the pins are easy to damage or break when using other removal methods. Each socket is tested to ensure quality. Sockets have a rubber protective piece inside to prevent damage to the keg posts. Socket will ship the same or next day of purchase. I have dozens of satisfied customers who have purchased these. See my feedback and buy with confidence. Thank you for looking. *Because I care about the environment, I will recycle bubble mailers (that are in good shape), when available. If you prefer your socket to be shipped in a new mailer just message me and I will make it so.

International buyers: Be sure to measure your fittings before you order. I have learned that there are some kegs with Metric fittings, that this socket will not fit.


 

This is a Pin lock socket to remove the posts off a pin lock Cornelius style keg.  Pin locks require a special socket to remove posts.

Related:  What’s the Difference Between Ball Lock Kegs and Pin Lock Kegs? | Recent Keg Finds

As if this posting, this is eBay offering it’s selling for just $13.95.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses.

Pin Lock Keg Socket Corny Keg, Home Brew Beer, Soda Fast Shipping – shows all of seller’s listings in case this gets re-listed

Compare: at MoreBeer – similar but not identical

Lots More Including Tool Reviews and Related Resources

Bucket Lid Opening Tool – helps with buckets, great for homebrew grain storage

5 Gallon Bucket Lid Opener

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Highlighted Features
  • 5 Gallon Paint Can Lid Opener
  • Works Great For 5-Gallon Paint Cans
  • Easy To Use And Stores Easily With The Hand Hole On Handle
  • Brand Name: Linzer

 

Buckets are an economical way to store grain and more.  Lids can be difficult to pry off.  This tool helps with the task. Note that this is designed for use with standard-type bucket lids and may not work well with thin-lipped style lids used on some fermenters.

Also Consider Gamma Seal Lids: Gamma Seal Lids have an outer ring (that typically stays installed) along with a center section that spins on and off.  It’s airtight and easy to open and close.  Search Amazon “gamma seal lid”

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

Linzer 5425 Plastic 5-Gallon Paint Can Opener – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Bates Nipper Pliers + Tips for Universal Poppet Owners

Bates Nipper Pliers – Photo from my Keg Rebuild Post – Jump To: Tips on Installing and Adjusting Universal Poppet

Bates Nipper Pliers

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  • 7” End Cutting Plier, Nail Puller
  • Made From High Carbon Steel For Long Lasting Performance And Preventing Rust
  • Soft Plastic Coated Grip
  • Dual Use End Nipper Pliers To Cut Wires Or Nails Or Simply Pull Them Out
  • Perfect For Carpenters, Construction, Handymen, Installing New Floor, Etc.

 

I have this tool and use it for trimming and adjusting Universal Poppets. Check our my Keg Rebuild Post for Tips on Using Universal Poppets!  Jump To: Tips on Installing and Adjusting Universal Poppets – that post features this tool in action.

Bates- Nail Puller, Pliers, Nail Remover Tool, Cutting Pliers, Carpenter Tools, Staple Puller, Nail Puller Tool, End Cutting Pliers, Nail Remover, Nail Pliers Cats Paw Nail Puller, Nail Pulling – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also Consider: Universal Poppets – 304 Stainless + Food Grade Silicone! & Reliable O-Ring Replacements

universal poppetsValuebrew has released a 304 Stainless Steel + Food Grade Silicone Universal Poppet option!

I’m excited that there’s finally there’s an option that comes with quality o-rings made from the right materials out of the box!  Beyond that, Valuebrew has pledged to always carry replacement o-rings, so you’ll always have a source when the time comes for replacements.

Universal Poppets – via Valuebrew

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

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20 Piece DeWalt Deep Well Socket Set – includes 7/8″ and 11/16″ sizes [for ball lock keg posts]

DEWALT Deep Socket Set, 20-Piece, 3/8″ Drive Metric/SAE (DWMT73812)

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  • SAE & Metric Socket Set Comes with Lockable Stacking Cases
  • Deep Socket Set 3/8 Drive Has Durable Transparent Lid
  • Knurled Beauty Rings help reduce slippage for hand tightening applications for the mechanic socket set.
  • Exceeds ANSI Specifications
  • Removable Internal Tray
  • DirectTorque Technology

 

Standard Ball Lock keg posts come in two sizes 11/6″ and 7/8″.

From what I can gather this set includes both 11/6″ and 7/8″ sizes. Also, from what I can gather these look like 6 point sockets. Not 100% sure on that. If that is the case it may limit the usefulness of the 7/8″ socket, See: Homebrew Keg Post Sizes – Ball Lock & Pin Locks

DEWALT Deep Socket Set, 20-Piece, 3/8″ Drive Metric/SAE (DWMT73812)

– note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Tools for Removing Keg Posts…

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Nite-Ize DoohicKey FishKey Key – Multi-Tool + Bottle Opener

Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Key Tool Keychain Multi-Tool, Stainless by Nite Ize

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  • FUN FISH-SHAPED KEYCHAIN MULTI-TOOL - The size and shape of a house key, the clever, lightweight, fish-shaped Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Tool is a fun and functional multi-tool
  • MANY FUNCTIONS - This keychain multi-tool features a serrated edge for cutting line, a bottle opener, a flathead screwdriver, and a handy S-Biner
  • CONVENIENT S-BINER ATTACHMENT - Easily attach and detach the FishKey Tool from your key chain with the included double-gated S-Biner
  • DURABLE, SMART DESIGN - Made of durable stainless steel, the Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Tool is sturdy and reliable. Streamlined, thoughtful design makes it easy to carry, attach, remove and reattach to always be at-hand
  • TRAVEL FRIENDLY - The Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Tool goes anywhere you go, with a compact design that fits in any purse, pack or bag, and is TSA-friendly

 

Check out my Hands on Review of a similar, but different Nite-Ize multi-tool.  I’m a big fan of Nite-Ize Gear.  In my opinion… they make some really well thought out, innovative and quality stuff.

Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Key Tool Keychain Multi-Tool, Stainless, 1-Pack – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

CO-Z Step Drill Bit Set [Add a Weldless Bulkhead to Your Kettle]

CO-Z 10 Sizes Titanium Step Drill Bit, 1/4 to 1-3/8 Inches High Speed Steel Drill Cone Bit

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  • Hss & Titanium Coating ----- High-speed steel makes it last longer than others, titanium coating ensure easily cut through iron sheets, aluminum sheets, copper & plastic & wood board and many other types of sheet metal with ease, and it can automatically deburr holes while drilling to keep the drill bit clean.
  • Titanium Coating ----- Coated with titanium, this step drill set performs well in heat, corrosion and rust resistance.
  • Revolutionary Design ----- Tri-flatted shank fits into power tools chuck securely and eliminates slip; two-flute design clears chips faster and allows particles to escape easily.
  • Includes 10 STEP SIZES ----- 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1", 1-1/8", 1-1/4", 1-3/8".
  • A Must-Have for Handyman or Professionals ----- Perfect for home repairs and light jobs such as drilling holes in plastic, aluminum, copper, iron and many other types of sheet metal (excluding steel or any other harder metal).

From HBF: 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.

 

Possible Uses: Drill a hole in your kettle based brew kettle, mlt or hlt so that you can add a weldless bulkhead, ball valve or thermometer.

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

CO-Z 10 Sizes Titanium Step Drill Bit, 1/4 to 1-3/8 Inches High Speed Steel Drill Cone Bits for Sheet Metal Hole Drilling Cutting, HSS Multi Size Hole Stepped Up Unibit for DIY Lovers Electrician – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Digital Caliper with Large LCD Screen [measure fittings, o-rings and more]

Digital Caliper with Large LCD Screen

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  • LARGE LCD SCREEN & GIFT: High quality digital caliper, the large and easy-to-read LCD display helps you get precise results quickly and easily, auto turn the digital caliper on when you slide the rail and auto shut off after 5 minutes without using. Powered by battery, comes with a pre-installed battery and 2 spare battery for gift.
  • 4 MEASURING MODES: Sangabery digital caliper can be used to measure inside and outside diameter, depth and step with 2 sets of jaws and a probe. Made of high quality, durable plastic carbon fiber composites, this digital caliper is durable and portable.
  • TWO UNIT CONVERSION & ZERO SETTING FUNCTION: One button quick change between two measuring modes: inch and millimeter. The smart design allows you to set zero with an easy touch of a button and start a new measurement at any point of the scale, ideal for differential measuring, satisfying your needs.
  • PRECISE MEASURMENT: Measurement range: 0 - 6"/ 0 - 150mm; Resolution: 0.01"/ 0.1mm; Accuracy: ±0.2mm/0.01". Perfect and accurate caliper measuring tool for household/DIY measurement, et. Please note it's not for technical grade extreme accuracy professional use.
  • SERVICE POLICY: Backed by a Sangabery carefree service for every purchase. If you don't like this product, contact us, we promise to refund unconditionally.

 

I use calipers around my home brewery to… measure things. 🙂  Including… fitting sizes, o-ring sizes

Digital Caliper, Sangabery 0-6 inches Caliper with Large LCD Screen, Auto – Off Feature, Inch and Millimeter Conversion Measuring Tool, Perfect for Household/DIY Measurment – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link