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Beer In Ads #1355: … Take Your ‘Pick’

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 23:24
Sunday’s ad is for Haffenreffer & Co., Inc., from 1946. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular. In this ad for Pickwick Ale and Pickwick Ale Light, they’re advertising like...

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Beer Birthday: Glynn Phillips

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 17:00
Today is also the birthday of Glynn Phillips, owner of Rubicon Brewing in Sacramento, which just recently opened a production brewery not too far from the original brewpub. Glynn’s a great champion for craft beer and has done quite a lot for the cause. Glynn is also very active in both the...

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Beer Birthday: Armand Debelder

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 11:31
Today is the 63rd birthday of Armand Debelder, master blender and owner of Proef 3 Fonteinen — a.k.a. Drie Fonteinen — a lambic brewery and blendery making traditional geuze and kriek in Beersal, Belgium. According to their U.S. importer, Shelton Brothers: Drie Fonteinen is the only remaining...

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8 lbs PBW – $42.99, $5.37/lb

Homebrew Finds - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 09:20

Product Description - Here.  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Cleaner – PBW (8 lbs) CL25D - $42.99 + Free Shipping with $59 Order

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.

Also Consider: All Sale and Clearance Items

Pinned: 20% Off CrushTag · Used 10 Gallon Whiskey Barrels · Cocoa Nibs · Hop Finds

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Beer In Ads #1354: Always Mighty Good

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 22:23
Saturday’s ad is for Hyde Park Beer, from 1946. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular. In this Hyde Park Beer ad, they’re advertising Hyde Park Beer as “always mighty...

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100 Pint Vacuum Bags – $13.99 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 14:00

Check it out - Here

I’ve purchased these exact bags from this seller.  They shipped fast and the quality is very good.  Pint size is great for hops.  I typically seal 2 ounces in these and have a lot of extra space.  That extra space means I’ll be able to re-use these.

2 Ounces sealed in this bag using my FoodSaver

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Beer Birthday: Melissa Cole

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 09:39
Today is the 39th birthday of Melissa Cole, UK beer writer extraordinaire. I’d met Melissa first online and then in person at the Rake in London a few years ago. She’s also been coming over to our side of the pond to judge at both GABF and the World Beer Cup. She’s a great...

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5 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle – $27.95

Homebrew Finds - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 09:04
Product Description - Here  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

5 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle BE300 - $28.95 + Free Shipping with a $59 order

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.

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Beer In Ads #1353: A Better Beer Naturally

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 22:03
Friday’s ad is for Gretz Beer, from 1951. This is from a series of billboard ads from the same year I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular. In this Gretz ad, they’re advertising it as “a better beer naturally.” I wonder what they...

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Hands on Review: Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:56

Here’s a Hands on Look at Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer, including a couple of videos with it in action.

The front of the box.  “Clean and Sanitize Carboys, Corny Kegs, Brew Pails and Hoses” and “1 Year Guarantee”

Side of the box.  It says: •Clean and Sanitize Carboys. No need for a bottle brush. Clean every square inch of the inside of a carboy in minutes. •Clean and sanitize Corny Kegs. No need to disassemble the keg. Clean the inside of the keg and the dip tube. •Clean and Sanitize Brew Pails and Hoses. •Spend your time brewing beer, not cleaning your equipment.

Other side of the box.  It recaps features and then let’s you know what’s in the box: 1.25 gallon high density polyethylene basin, center holding rack with powerful jet nozzle, 520 gallon-per-hour pump with three adapters, instruction manual and warranty.

The Keg and Carboy Washer unboxed.

A look at the individual components.

1.25 gallon basin.

A look at the four included nozzles/adapters.  From left to right: 1. T for use with cleaning Corny kegs.  The barb goes to tubing that feeds you keg’s dip tube, 2.  Barb for cleaning 3/8″ ID tubing, 3.  Jet nozzle for both carboys and kegs.  For carboys it goes directly on the vertical pipe, for kegs the T goes on first followed by the jet nozzle, 4.  Barb for cleaning 1/4″ ID tubing.

Top of the Pump

This is the back side of the pump.  It has an adjustable louvre for regulating intake.  You’re probably going to want to just always have this wide open.  If you’re having flow issues, double check this to make sure it’s open.

Fully assembled and rigged to clean a carboy.  The bottom part of the basin holds about 1 gallon of water, cleaning solution or sanitizer.

Fully assembled and rigged up to clean a ball lock keg.  You provide the Ball Lock or Pin Lock QD along with tubing.

The Keg and Carboy Cleaner, cleaning a… Carboy

It also works with buckets

and of course… kegs

and can clean and sanitize tubing

and… it works with Speidel Fermenters.  This is the 5.3 Gallon SizeReview.  The 7.9 Gallon Size has the same size opening and also works.  I will say that with a bucket, carboy or keg I feel pretty comfortable walking away for a bit while it’s working.  Not so with the 5.3 and 7.9 Gallon Speidels.  The opening is about the same size as the top of the carboy washer.  That means it sits on top instead of inside (like a carboy) or outside (like a bucket).  If you use this for your 5.3 and 7.9 gallon Speidels, you’re going to want to keep your hand on it to keep the fermenter in place.  I’m guessing, but do not know first hand, that larger Speidels, with their larger openings, work well with the Keg and Carboy Washer without such support, much like a bucket.

One of the great things about this washer is that you do not need to disassemble your kegs to clean and sanitize them.  I ran through 5 kegs the first night I used it.  All were clean and sanitized when all was said and done.  Of course, you do have to take the lid off.  That, along with other small parts, can be tossed in the basin for cleaning and sanitizing.


This video shows the kind of flow rate you’re getting to the keg QD.   Looks good to me.

For keg cleaning, the instructions say to run with the QD connected for about 15 minutes and then disconnect the QD.  “This will maximize the pressure for cleaning the keg’s interior”.

One issue that I had with it when I first started using the washer for kegs was… the QD was a bit difficult to get on.  There isn’t a lot of spare tubing (and you don’t want a lot for pressure purposes) and requirement to exert pressure up on the QD while trying to hold the keg down is an awkward set of motions.  There isn’t a lot of leverage.  This problem ended up being a poppet issue.  I use universal poppets on nearly every keg.  Those work great, but can be on the tight side with some kegs.  I know that can be an issue.  The fix for that is and has been… simply trim a bit of the spring with a wire cutter.  I just hadn’t noticed it as a problem when trying to use the kegs in question in the typical orientation.  Using a wire cutter to trim a bit off the poppet spring fixed the issue making it a lot easier to hook up to the carboy washer.


Here’s a video of the Keg and Carboy Cleaner cleaning a 6 Gallon PET Carboy from MoreBeer – Review

I’ve owned this keg and carboy washer for quite a while now.  I had been using a DIY cleaning pump setup and that worked pretty well.  The purpose built Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer works markedly (did you see what I did there :), better.  It uses less cleaning and sanitizing solution, it’s more versatile, takes up less space and… I don’t have to take apart my kegs to clean and sanitize them.

I’ve heard great things about this unit for some time now.  I’m happy to confirm that it works really well.

I purchased my unit at More Beer.  As of this writing, it’s selling for $99.99 Shipped – Here

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Columbus IPA Extract Kit – $28.99

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:05

Product Description - Here. Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Columbus IPA – Extract Beer Kit KIT162 – $28.99 + Free Shipping with $59 Order

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day. Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.

Also Consider: All Sale and Clearance Items

Pinned: 20% Off CrushTag · Used 10 Gallon Whiskey Barrels · Cocoa Nibs · Hop Finds

Great Deal: 2.5″ Stem Thermometer – $16.19 + Every 10th Thermometer is Free 

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$20 Off 4 FoodSaver Bags or Rolls + Save $40 on FoodSaver V2470

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:20

FoodSaver has a several deals going on in preparation for the holidays.

One deal is $20 off any four bags or rolls.  Pint Size are one of the best sizes, in my opinion, for breaking down lbs of hops.  Those are already marked down from $13.99 to $9.99.  Buy four and you get $20 off.  That equates to just over 50% off sale price or 64% off vs regular price.  Check it out – Here

Also FoodSaver’s model V2470 Vacuum Sealer System (V2470 + a Selection of Bags and Rolls) is marked down from $159.99 to $79.99.  No coupon or promo code is needed.

Why would you want a FoodSaver for homebrewing?
Vacuum sealers are indispensable for storing hops.  You can save money by getting in on bulk hop buys.  Use your vacuum sealer to break these up and to preserve freshness.  You can also store specialty grains in vacuum bags or using the mason jar attachment.  Other uses include: storing base grains, partial dry yeast packs and storing and preserving other beer ingredients.

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Ends Soon: 10% off The Brew Bag and a Thermometer

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:10

via brewinabag.com.  These 2.5″ Stainless “Stubbey” Thermometers are perfect for BIAB.  The 2.5″ probe means these won’t be getting hung up in your Brew Bag - Hands on Review.

Buy The Brew Bag Any Style/Size and a Thermometer, you get 10% Off your entire order.  If you end up getting a free thermometer, you’ll still get 10% off the rest of your order!  Use coupon code 563HHFETQ1Q5 to get the 10% Off.

As a bonus… every 10th thermometer ordered is Free!  Complete check out as normal and Rex will refund every 10th thermometer order.  We’ll include first name and last initial in the winners section of this post to let you know who won.

If you’re just in the market for the thermometer… Use coupon code 41777UKITI6Y and they drop by another 10% to $16.19.  These normally sell for $19.99 to $32.

The Brew Bag is a Made in the USA, purpose designed BIAB bag.  It has four loops for lifting the bag out of your kettle, every seam is reinforced for long life and it is available in a number of sizes for kettles, keggles and coolers.  If they don’t carry the size you want, The Brew Bag will custom make it for you.  Check out my Hands on Review.

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Beer In Ads #1352: Gimme Gold Label

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 21:55
Thursday’s ad is for Acme Beer, from 1951. This is from a series of billboard ads from the same year I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular. In this Acme ad for their Gold Label beer, they’re advertising it as a “new lighter, drier...

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Thermapen Buddy Sale + Hands On Review

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:29

ThermoWorks “Buddy Sale” is back.  With that you get a discounted price on their much lauded Thermapen when you purchase two.  This sale saves you $11 per thermometer.

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I’m a happy Thermapen owner!  Check out my Hands on Review

Hands On: ThermoWorks Thermapen – Including Response Time Trials

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Gingerbread Grog Brown Ale – $28.99 Shipped + Free Glass

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:16
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