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6 Gallon Glass Carboy… $28.49!

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 09:38

kegerator.com lists this 6 gallon glass carboy for $37.49.  Today it’s marked down 20% to $29.99.  Apply promo code HOMEBREWFINDS (takes 5% off site wide) and the price drops to… $28.49.  To make this an even better deal… these ship for free with a $59 order.  This is a great deal.

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American IPA Extract Kit via More Beer – $30.99

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 09:11

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American IPA – Extract Beer Kit KIT160 - $30.99 + Free Shipping with a $59 order

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Reader Tip: Camp Chef Propane Burner – $77 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:34

Thanks to Twitter Follower @MrDouglasNelson for this tip!  Connect with HBF on Twitter - Here

Camp Chef’s Highly rated SH-140L is selling for $77.  Shipping is free.

Prior to moving to a Blichmann TopTier I owned and used this exact burner.  I really liked it.  One big advantage, that this burner has is that the included leg extensions make it tall enough to drain directly into most fermenters.

Features:

  • 60,000 total BTU/hr for high power, fast, efficient cooking.
  • 1 commercial quality cast burner for lasting durability
  • 24″ cooking height for added comfort
  • The Maximum Output system provides a wide range of cooking options
  • 16.5 Inches by 17.25 Inches by 11.75 Inches

Product Description: “At a whopping 60,000 BTU/hr, the Camp Chef Maximum Output Single Burner Cooker was built specifically to heat quickly. This outdoor stove is superb when it comes to brewing and boiling liquids efficiently, thanks to its high-pressure system. Its small size and easy portability makes this a great stove for camping and emergency preparedness. You can use it alone or combine it with another stove to make a complete outdoor kitchen. Its capacity for heating large amounts of water makes it excellent for large groups. Propane tank not included.Regulator and 3 ft. hose included..Compactable and portable..Dimensions (base) 16″x16″..Cooking Area 13.75″x13.75″..Height (without legs) 10.5″..Output 60,000 BTU..Wt. 14.5 lbs.”

Camp Chef SH-140L High Pressure Single Burner Cooker with Detachable legs and Clover Leaf Surface, Black - $77 + Free Shipping

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Beer Birthday: Jason Alstrom

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:20
Today is the 43rd birthday of Jason Alström, co-founder of Beer Advocate headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, but found worldwide over that series of tubes known as the interwebs. Started as a hobby, Beer Advocate has gone on to be one of the internet’s killer apps of beer, which has...

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Beer In Ads #1342: Enjoy A Double Diamond Today

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 22:18
Monday’s ad is another one for Double Diamond, this time from 1949. Part of the Inde Cooper’s “Works Wonders” series, this is a fairly simple, but beautiful looking ad. One think that’s off to me, however, is the color of the green glass. It appears more like that...

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Reader Tip: ATC Refractometer – $21.38 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 20:51

Thanks to HBF Reader Paul for this tip!

This 0-32 Brix Refractometer is getting great reviews (222 ratings, 4.5/5 Stars).  It is selling for $16.39.  Shipping is $4.99.  That makes it $21.38 Shipped.

Features:

  • Ade Advanced Optics Brix Refractometer
  • 0-32% Brix Scale. Accurate to +/- 0.20% Brix*
  • Sturdy design, made of durable machined Aluminum, not “carbon” plastic
  • Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC)
  • 1 Year Manufacturer warranty through Ade Advanced Optics

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break!

Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Sean Terrill’s excellent refractometer calculator.

Refractometer RF15 with Automatic Temperature Compensation (0-32 Brix) – $16.39 + $4.99 Shipping

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36″ Stainless Mash Paddle – $18.56, Record Low

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 20:38

This highly rated 36″ Stainless Paddle has recently sold for over $26.  It’s down to a new record low Amazon price of $18.56.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.

Browne Foodservice 19936 Stainless Steel Mixing Paddle, 36-Inch – $18.56 + Free Shipping with $35 order

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GrogTag: Customizable Oxygen Absorbing Bottle Caps + 10% Off Site Wide

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 20:20

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Let your homebrew stand out this year with printed, customized Bottle Caps!  

Our giant selection of professionally crafted designs will help you elevate your homebrew game – or upload your own photo and make it your own.  Either way, GrogTag has your back!

GrogTag keeps it all in.  Check us out and get yourself 10% off when you enter HBF in the discount code field of the checkout screen.

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The Drunkard’s Cloak

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 17:10
Once upon a time, society kept everybody in line through social pressure, and if that didn’t work, public humiliation. The pillory was a common punishment, and you’re undoubtedly familiar with the main type, a wooden stake with two perpendicular pieces of wood that fit together, with...

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Great Deal: 19″ Stainless Steel Drip Tray – $22.52

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 14:32

This highly rated 19″ by 4″ Stainless Steel Drip Tray has been selling for a whopping $55.29.  It has dropped to $22.52.  Shipping is free with Prime or with a qualifying $35 order.

Update International DTS-419 Rectangular Stainless Steel Drip Tray, 19 by 4-Inch - $22.09 + Free Shipping with $35 order

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Brand New, NSF Approved Ball Lock Keg… $84.99

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:16


At $84.99 this is one of the best deals we’ve seen on brand new, 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs.  These kegs is NSF Certified (Read More about NSF Certification at the bottom of this post).

These have been out of stock for about two months.  The are available again to order as of this posting.

5 Gallon Ball-Lock Keg, NSF Certified – $84.99

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About NSF Certification (from What is NSF Certification): “Choosing a product certified by NSF lets you know the company complies with strict standards and procedures imposed by NSF. From extensive product testing and material analyses to unannounced plant inspections, every aspect of a product’s development is thoroughly evaluated before it can earn our certification.”

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Reader Tip: Case Fan – Free After Rebate + Free Shipping

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:46

Thanks to HBF Reader Josh for this tip!

Case cooling fan via TigerDirect.  This is selling for $14.99, with a $14.99 Mail in Rebate + Free Shipping (Today 10/13).  Homebrewer’s have used similar fans for kegerator circulation and for putting together DIY Stir Plates.

Josh Says: “This is a 12V device, so you can use an 12v power adapter to power it. I found a 12v power adapter from a phone on eBay for cheap, and just spliced the wires. It does have LEDs that you can hook up as well if you want to light up the inside of a kegerator. This is a somewhat large item fan, but sits nicely atop my kegs to circulate air. I currently do not have a fan grill/finger guard on it, but do have one on order ($5 from Amazon). It has a very nice airflow amount of 110 CFM @ ~700 rpm”

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Beer Birthday: Will Meyers

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:50
Today is the birthday of Will Meyers, brewmaster of Cambridge Brewing near Boston, Massachusetts. Will’s a great brewer and an even better human being, one of the nicest in the industry. Join me in wishing Will a very happy birthday. Will, with Kevin and Megan, then also from Cambridge...

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Temperature Probe Place – To Immerse or Not To Immerse?

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:34

After my last test on the effects of a recirculating fan on kegerator temperatures (See: Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan), I decided to test the effects of kegerator temperature probe placement.  I went with three configurations: Immersed vs Ambient Non-Immersed vs… Zip Tied to a Beer Can.  Those tests yielded some interesting findings.

Test 1 Zip Tied to a Beer Can:

For this test, the probe was zip-tied to a 14.9 Ounce Can of Beamish Irish Stout.  This is the technique I’ve used for years.  At the time, I wanted something with some mass to help regulate temperature and I didn’t want to have to mess with submerging the probe and the required container of liquid.  For this test, the can was placed close to the wall of my keezer on the compressor hump.  The second probe was immersed in 500 mL of water in a Lab Container.  See the picture in test 2 for more info on placement.

I also placed a ChefAlarm Thermometer & Timer in my keezer – Hands on Review – as another point of reference, giving me an ambient temperature reading.  The ChefAlarm has some great features, including high and low temperature logging.  Those highs and lows are what I used as a reference.

Here are the temperature results for test 1 – zip tied to a can.  The top shows the temperature probe zip tied to a beer can.  The bottom, for comparison, shows an immersed temperature probe.  This method produces and nice clean and reliable reading.

Definitions:

  • High Temp: High temperature in deg F as measured by the primary/controlling probe.
  • Low Temp: Low temperature in deg F as measured by the primary/controlling probe.
  • Variance High to Low:  The variance in deg F between general high and low readings from the primary probe.
  • Cycle Length: Overall length of one typical cooling cycle, measured from high point to high point.
  • ChefAlarm High: Ambient temperature high in deg F as recorded by my ChefAlarm
  • ChefAlarm Low: Ambient temperature low in deg F as recorded by my ChefAlarm
  • ChefAlarm Variance: Variance in deg F between high and low ChefAlarm readings
  • Estimated Freezer Cycle Time: Estimated time that the freezer is running as measured from one high to the following low.
  • Estimated Freezer Time: Hours Per Day:  Estimation of how long my freezer would run in 24 hours based on frequency of cycles and freezer cycle time.

Results Test 1:

  • High Temp: 40.03
  • Low Temp: 37.64
  • Variance High to Low: 2.39
  • Cycle Length: 1 Hour 2 Minutes
  • ChefAlarm High: 42
  • ChefAlarm Low: 34
  • ChefAlarm Variance: 8 degrees
  • Estimated Freezer Cycle Time: 12 Minutes
  • Estimated Freezer Time: Hours Per Day: 4.6

Test 2 Submerged Probe:

Setup: I placed the probe immersed in about 500 mL of water one of my Bel-Art Scienceware 500 mL Polypropylene Lab Containers.  I covered the top with aluminum foil.  I have used these containers since 2011 for a bunch of things including yeast rehydration water (see tips page, tip #1), sample storage and more.  That container was placed in about the same spot as the can used it test 1.  Also Pictured: Eva Dry E-500Hands on Review – to handle kegerator condensation.

Here are the temperature results for test 2 – immersed.  The top shows the immersed temperature probe.  The bottom, for comparison, shows the probe zip tied to a beer can.  Notice the stuttered temperature changes toward the bottom of this cycle.  It doesn’t happen every cycle, but periodically, it also comes close to flat lining.  That period of flat lining can last up to 18 minutes.  The mass of the water makes temperature readings inefficient.  That’s what we want to some degree.  We want some sort of a buffer to give a good representation of temperature without quick swings.  However the stuttering temperature changes along with flat lining, make me think that this method has it’s drawbacks.

Results Test 2:

  • High Temp: 40.19
  • Low Temp: 36.76
  • Variance High to Low: 3.46
  • Cycle Length: 1 Hour 59 Minutes
  • ChefAlarm High: 43
  • ChefAlarm Low: 30
  • ChefAlarm Variance: 13 degrees
  • Estimated Freezer Cycle Time: 25 Minutes
  • Estimated Freezer Time: Hours Per Day: 5

Test 3 Ambient Non-Submerged Probe:

Here are the temperature results for test 3 – ambient, non-submerged.  The top of this graph shows the ambient probe, the bottom, for comparison, shows a probe zip tied to a beer can.  The left most portion of the graph is part of a previous test, disregard that.  The middle portion shows the ambient non-submersed probe with a recirculating fan.  By the way… all previous tests were completed with a fan.  The right portion shows the same test, without the fan.  I’m not reporting those results here.  That test was much as you would expect it to be.  Similar to the fan test, with larger swings and slower cycles.  Thoughts… I was actually impressed with the consistency of the ambient air results.  When I first looked at the graph, I noticed the semi-wild start of the test and I thought… here we go… this one is going to be all over the place.  However, when it settled in, it was very reliable.  It also has good accuracy.  The difference between the zip tied readings and the ambient readings are small.  The downside of this method is how often the freezer kicks on.  This method had the shortest cycle length, by far, at just 27 minutes.  It also had the highest estimated freezer utilization at 5.3 hours per day.

Results Test 3:

  • High Temp: 40.01
  • Low Temp: 36.39
  • Variance High to Low: 3.62
  • Cycle Length: 27 Minutes
  • ChefAlarm High: 39
  • ChefAlarm Low: 35
  • ChefAlarm Variance: 4 degrees
  • Estimated Freezer Cycle Time: 6 Minutes
  • Estimated Freezer Time: Hours Per Day: 5.3

Overall Results:

Here side by side comparisons of key metrics…

The submerged test produced the longest cycle length, by far.  Nearly twice as long as the zip tie test and four times the length of the ambient test.  It had middle of the road temp variances (compared to zip tied) but it’s ChefAlarm (ambient air) test showed a whopping 13 degrees difference.  Those swings are the result of how much time the freezer has to stay on to overcome the mass of the water used in the immersed test.  That mass also causes inconsistent temperature readings and periods of flat lining.

The ambient test produced good accuracy (second best variance and best ChefAlarm ambient air varience) but the short cycle length of 27 minutes means your freezer is kicking on a lot.  That shows up in the estimated freezer hours per day… 5.3 hours, the highest of any method.

I think the zip-tied can approach provides a good middle of the road solution.  It provides the best accuracy, based on it’s 2.39 degree temp variance, has a middle of the road overall cycle length, middle of the road freezer run time and uses the least amount of energy with an estimated 4.6 hours of freezer run time per day.  The can also offers the benefit of not having to mess with containers of water or other liquids.  It’s also easy to move and reposition when cleaning or reconfiguring your kegerator.

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Some Additional Notes: These tests are with my equipment.  Your results will vary based on a lot of factors including freezer/refrigerator, temp controller, amount of liquid used, probe placement, etc.  In spite of those variances, I think these tests give you a good general idea about probe placement.  I used a BrewBit Model T, sourced via Kickstarter, to log temperature.  Look for a review of the BrewBit Model T here, if and (hopefully) when it becomes readily available to purchase.

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Beer and Wine Filtering Kit – $41.95

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:28

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

Beer and Wine Filtering Kit FIL40 - $41.95 + Free Shipping with $59 Order

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