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Offline wiley

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Gear bargains!
« on: October 13, 2011, 12:17:47 PM »
I know that I've run into some good supplies and gear deals from time to time (typically by accident), and thought "I bet that there is a ton of homebrewers out there that have done the same". What better than a forum to share and compile tips and tricks for getting supplies and gear for a great bargain, amiright?! So, here's a couple I've come across:

Quick Disconnects: www.proflodynamics.com -- cam lock QD's that work great if you've got a rig with pumps / hoses. These could probably find themselves an application on an immersion / CF chiller!

Plate Chillers and ball valves: www.dudadiesel.com -- great chillers at lower prices than you could get elsewhere!

I'm sure I've run across more of these types of deals, but can't think of any others of the top of my head... I'll revisit when I do!

Cheers!

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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2011, 11:21:27 PM »
for some discussion on pro flow cam locks  look here.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=9415.0
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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2011, 06:03:12 AM »
I like http://www.bargainfittings.com especially for their customizable weldless fittings, and other stainless parts.
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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2011, 08:17:14 AM »
Personally, I like Bobby's site:
http://www.brewhardware.com/

I also like:
http://www.waresdirect.com/

But, this is a tricky thread.
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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2011, 03:30:37 PM »
Pex Supply is a great site for temp controllers.
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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2011, 06:40:19 AM »
I also dig RiteBrew.
http://www.ritebrew.com/

It's pretty hard to find a better price for Perlicks.
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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2011, 01:47:47 PM »
Pex Supply is a great site for temp controllers.

Wow! Digital controller for $50. And I need one too.
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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2011, 07:00:42 PM »
Pex Supply is a great site for temp controllers.

Wow! Digital controller for $50. And I need one too.
You still need to wire it.
Pick up one with proper Voltage.
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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2011, 08:21:30 PM »
You can buy some nice digital controls on eBay for around $30 delivered.

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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2011, 08:19:02 PM »
This guy made me a custom stainless diptube for a great price.  He's also got good prices on ball valves and some other useful pieces.

http://www.weldlessfittings.com/

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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2011, 12:54:22 PM »
Brown thermapen for $79 + $6 shipping.

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/

Not a huge deal but the best price I've seen them at.  Guess the brown ones aren't that popular.
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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2011, 02:44:12 PM »
Brown thermapen for $79 + $6 shipping.

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/

Not a huge deal but the best price I've seen them at.  Guess the brown ones aren't that popular.

We got a Thermopen earlier this year in the "open box sale",  saved some $.

Is it worth it?  Maybe not for just beer, but it is also a great tool for cooking.  I use it to check the temps in the mash vs. teh dial thermometer.  We like it!





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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2011, 09:42:21 AM »
Wow! Great stuff here! Keep it coming --

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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2011, 06:29:01 AM »
You can put together dirt cheap fermentation heaters (ala Fermwrap) from this Reptile supply store.  He’ll assemble it, and make customized lengths depending on your carboy/ferm bucket circumference.  Highly recommended.

http://www.reptilebasics.com/index.php?p=home

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Re: Gear bargains!
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2011, 08:15:24 PM »
Brown thermapen for $79 + $6 shipping.

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/

Not a huge deal but the best price I've seen them at.  Guess the brown ones aren't that popular.

We got a Thermopen earlier this year in the "open box sale",  saved some $.

Is it worth it?  Maybe not for just beer, but it is also a great tool for cooking.  I use it to check the temps in the mash vs. teh dial thermometer.  We like it!

So I took advantage of the brown thermopen discount since my third calibration thermometer recently got broken.  Got it in the mail today with its fresh NIST certification. 

Now my current (red) thermopen has been put through the ringer over the last two years.  30+ batches of beer plus duty as a meat thermometer plus it's been used to measure hot oil at 350F for deep frying.

I ran a calibration test tonight with water at ~150F.  Both Thermopen's read the exact same temperature right down to the tenth of a degree.  I honestly expected some variance, I was just hoping it was going to be small.  It was pretty cool watching them tick off the exact temp in tandem.
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