The Spring brewing season is in full swing so we want to tell you about some new and exciting products that have been added to the store. We're doing our best to keep up with all the product requests and custom jobs we get and we're striving to keep our order fulfilment time to less than a couple days. Let us know if there's something you'd like to see added to the store or any other way we can serve you better.
We have a full assortment of stainless steel threaded and compression fittings from couplings, tees, elbows, locknuts, plugs, nipples, etc at competitive prices. Take a look at the full assortment on the SS Fittings Page.
We just brought in a limited quantity of adjustable angle thermometers. A certain competitor is selling these things for over $70 and we think that's a criminal markup.
UP.DOWN.LEFT.RIGHT These thermometers are all 3" diameter dial faces with 1/2" NPT male threads on the back. The premium feature is the ability to adjust the face at any angle to the direction of the probe, up to 90 degrees. You will notice a premium price over the straight probe versions, but if you have your vessels on a single tier system down at a comfortable height to work over, you'll appreciate the ability to tilt the face up so you can see the dial clearly without bending over. As with the others, these thermometers have a recalibration screw on the back. These are a great value for the features you get, especially when comaparing this price to the competition. Sadly, you'll have to remember that mashing happens around 150-156 degrees and that liquid boils around 210-212F. We think you can handle it.
Is wort boiling in your sightglass? Afraid of melting the tubing? Ball Valve handles too hot to touch? The new BrewHardware stainless clip-on heat shields will take care of that. These are labor intensive to make and they're popular enough already that it's hard to keep them in stock but we're trying. Here's a video showing the original prototypes that are now in production.
Model: Shield $10 any style
While not all burner setups absolutely require a heat shield for sight glass kits or ball valves, they certainly can't hurt. If you've noticed the vinyl wraps on your ball valves bubbling or burning off, it's an indication that heat shielding any kettle accessories would be a good idea for their longevity. Testing has shown that this simple snap on shield can reduce the fitting temp by 100F. All shields are constructed of 100% stainless steel from the 22 gauge brushed plates to the clips. These are now spot welded together so we're streamlining the price at 10 bucks for any version you need.
Model: Camlocks - A, B, C, D, DC, E, F and BrewHardware Exclusives!
Camlock style disconnects are absolutely the best compromise between cost and function for making and breaking connections between your vessels, chillers, pumps and hose sets. Eventually you get tired of pushing tubing onto hose barbs and adusting worm gear clamps. These are cheaper than triclovers and all other stainless steel quick disconnect designs. They connect/disconnect faster than triclovers too! We offer the highest flow solutions in camlocks in the entire homebrewing industry. They come with replacable food grade silicone gaskets. Click more info for product application guidelines and ordering options.
Here's the situation. We have a new RIMS unit coming soon that is designed specifically for its purpose. We sold plenty of kits based on the 1.5" NPT stock fittings but it just didn't feel right. Brewhardware is about making things better. We can't show you the pictures just yet but: Shiny, compact, sanitary, integrated in/out ports, insanely reasonable price.
May 2013 update: We initially expected to see production units arriving in the shop by now (mid May). We were on target for a while but as we were testing our prototype units, we found areas for improvement that we didn't want to hold off for "version 2". Obviously this delayed production a bit. We were left with a decision between getting a product out for people who are anxious and waiting and doing it right the first time. We didn't want to see early adopters getting the shaft.
New ETA: First week of JUNE. In the meantime, here's some more info:
The main units will be based on polished 304SS sanitary tubing with triclover ends. Both the element mounting side and RTD/thermocouple ends will clamp on to the main body with silicone gaskets and will easily come apart for thorough cleaning (without having to take threads apart, etc).
The input/output flow ports will be 1/2" male camlock on the first production units. We may make hose barb and triclover options later, but most people have the camlock system and frankly, it's the best bang for the buck anyway.
If you're planning ahead, we recommend a liquid tight RTD/thermocouple with a 4" long probe and 1/4" NPT thread.
Given a 4" long temp probe, there will be two length options available. One supports a max element length of 8" and the larger one will accomodate up to a 14" element.
The element end of the units will come in two different options. The economy version does not provide an electrical enclosure for the element. Connections may be protected with an included piece of heat shrink tubing and grounding can be done with a crimp/solder on ring terminal. The premium version will have a polished stainless enclosure with cord strain relief and hidden grounding terminal.
Finally, there will be two integrated mounting attachment points that will allow you to connect the unit to a brew stand or anything else you can think of. You provide the M8 bolts.
Pricing is still being worked out, but the premium assembly will end up being at least $50 cheaper than the closest competitor that we're aware of.
For now we have no plans of restocking the NPT parts because buyers will regret not having waited for the new units described above.
This kit has all the basic stainless parts necessary for your RIMS tube project. It is based on 1.5" NPT fittings which is large enough for a foldback element without touching the sides. Comes with ONE roll of teflon tape. Choose from three different lengths based on your element and RTD probe lengths. Type 304 Stainless Steel.
BrewHardware.com recommends silicone tubing for all your fluid transfer needs. This extremely flexible tubing is FDA rated for food contact up to 400F and doesn't melt until 500F. The inside diameter is 1/2" and the wall thickness is 1/8" for a total OD of 3/4".
Why not use the clear reinforced PVC from Lowes? Go ahead and hack off a 2" piece and steep it in some boiling water. Let the water cool and give it a taste.
This series of diptubes is based on 1/2" or 5/8" OD thickwalled 304 Stainless Steel tubing bent with a mandrel bender and comes with a stainless compression fitting with 1/2" Male OD threads. The height of these assemblies is approximately 3.5" from fitting center to bottom of the diptube which is just about right for converted kegs. The depth can be trimmed with a hacksaw or copper tubing cutter if necessary.
We spent way too long trying to come up with a clever name for this thing. Mash Tube, Any Height Recirulation Port, Sparge Height Thingy. A lot of people use a piece of hose or copper tubing on the inside of their mash tun recirculation (or sparge) port but it's not as cool as this. You DO want to be cool don't you? This assembly is made from "Loc-Line" which is a the trade name for this positionable plastic tubing used wherever flow needs to be directed. You can adjust the output from the same height as the port all the way down to 12" below the port to adjust for five or ten gallon batches of varying grain bills. It's a exponentially easier to use than laying a hose on top of the grain and it won't burrow itself down into the grain bed either.
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