New – Blichmann BrewVision Internet Home Brewing Device

Blichmann BrewVision - Digital Wireless Home Brewing Monitoring System

Blichmann BrewVision – Digital Wireless Home Brewing Monitoring System

New Home Brewing Product: 3-15-2017
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The Blichmann Brew Vision home brewing monitoring systems uses bluetooth technology to help you do more and and put the power of BrewVision in the palms of your hands!  BrewVison has an indoor range of about  25 feet and up to 100 feet line of sight range. It is also super accurate with a +/- 0.5F accuracy  range, so you cab be confident your mash and sparge are on target! Blichmann has thought about everything with the BrewVision digital home brewing system. The battery life on this device is 100+ hours using 2 AAA batteries. That means that you can brew about 20 all grain home brewing batches and about 40 extract batches on just one set of batteries.

Blichmann’s patent pending BrewVision transmitter and sensor features an exclusive sanitary nut that is easy to clean without removal.  Installation is simple and secure. for brew day status to ensure you’re at your target temps. With the Brew Vision app based monitoring system, you will never miss target temps or hop additions again! The BrewVison Home Brewing App lets you monitor current temperatures and adjust targets. The in app alarm notifies you before reaching target, when out of range, and for boil additions.  You even have all your recipe information at your fingertips with the BrewVision App! You can download recipes directly from BeerSmith cloud or manually enter them to sync with your brew day.  Here are some of the features on Blichmann’s Brew Vision digital home brewing system.

  • Beersmith recipe integration
  • Easily record your results
  • Can pair up to seven sensors
  • 120 hour battery life
  • 25 foot indoor range and 100 foot outdoor range
  • Reads both Fahrenheit and Celsius
  • Made in the USA

Click the link for additional information or to purchase a Blichmann BrewVision!

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Getting ready for the next batch of homebrew.

Getting ready for the next batch of Homebrew. Cleaned up the Brewing rig and made a small modification to the controller changing out one of the buttons and heading in to the back to ensure that the electronics do not get too hot.

Next step is brewing up a batch. I’m going to try my first attempt at a Vermont Style cloudy IPA. I will be sure to post the recipe if it works out.

Save 20% On A 5 Gallon Stainless Steel Home Brewing Pot with this More Beer Promo Code

Save 20% On A 5 Gallon Stainless Steel Home Brewing Pot with this More Beer Promo Code

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:  This MoreBeer.com coupon code saves you 20% on this entry level 5 gallon stainless steel home beer brewing kettle. This kettle is about the most affordable 5 gallon stainless steel homebrewing kettle on the market and is a great choice for the home brewer looking to get started on a budget.  It is an ideal sized kettle for homebrewing on a kitchen stove. This brewing kettle is made of high quality stainless steel that is anything but cheap. The 0.5-mm thick sides and bottom are more than thick enough for this amount of liquid, and the riveted stainless steel handles on the kettle’s body make it easy to carry even when filled. This 5 gallon kettle can safely hold up to 3 gallons of wort while boiling, making it the perfect size for extract brewing right in your own home!  Here are some of the features of this stainless steel 5 gallon brew kettle.
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Save $10 on a Speidel 8 Gallon Fermenter with this More Beer Coupon

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:  At MoreBeer there is a promo code that will save you $10 on an 8 gallon Speidel wide mouth homebrew fermenter. These Speidel heavy duty plastic beer fermenters offer a fantastic fermentation and storage solution at an incredible price. Speidel home brewing fermenters are loaded with included features and additional add on’s as well. Here is a list of what is included with this Speidel 8 gallon plastic home brewing fermenter:

  • Heavy duty HDPE construction is durable and resists oxygen transfer. None of the risks of working with glass.
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  • Large lid opening makes them easy to clean by hand – say goodbye to your carboy brush!
  • All ports seal with gaskets and the vessel can be fully sealed for long-term storage.
  • Includes a spigot and oversized 2-piece Speidel airlock.

 

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:  MoreBeer.com has a promo code that will save you $7 On A Stainless Steel Home Brewing Whirlpool Arm today only!  This is a MoreBeer deal of the day, so there is a limited quantity of these available. I installed one of these in my Blichmann 20 gallon brew kettle and it works like a charm.  Here are some of the details on it.

Need clearer wort, quicker chilling times or even better hop utilization during flameout? Achieve all these desires and more, with this stainless steel weldless whirlpool arm! This stainless steel whirl pool arm is designed for installation underneath the handle of your kettle.  This home brewing whirlpool arm will allow you to achieve a perfect whirlpool in your boil kettle. Simply pump your wort from your ball valve, into this piece, which will jet around the inside of the kettle, forming a strong whirlpool. The advantages to a whirlpool are many. It will settle trub in the center of your kettle, making it easy to pull clear wort from your ball valve. Another benefit is that the whirlpool will result in a much higher chilling efficiency if using an immersion chiller, due to the increased turbulation of wort. On top of this, the increased flow will result in higher extraction of hop oils and flavor during flameout additions! This whirlpool arm is made of 100% stainless steel, ensuring it will be used in your brewing for years to come. It features a 1/2″ Full Port ball valve and a 1/2″ barb. The inner barbed elbow is 3/8″. The bulkhead is a specifically engineered piece of stainless, made for brewing! It features a 1/2″ MPT outlet for hooking up your ball valve directly, along with FPT on the inside for connection of any brewing accessory you might want!

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Coupon Description:  MoreBeer.com has a coupon code that will save you $40 on a new 40 Plate Wort Chiller and get you Free Shipping. That is a buck off per plate! This 40 plate home brewing wort chiller is both efficient and economical! This popular addition to your home brewing system will cool your wort to the perfect low temperature to get the best cold break possible! Not to mention getting your wort to the ideal pitching temperature on the first pass while reducing the amount of water you need to use compared to many immersion wort chillers. Equipped with a 1/2 inch MPT wort inlet and outlet to match up to the most common size of home brewery hoses, as well as a 3/4 inch MPT water inlet and outlet for easy connection to garden hose fittings.

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Converting a Refrigerator to a Kegerator!

A step by step guide on how to build a Kegerator for your home brewed beer! #kegerator #guide

A step by step guide on how to build a Kegerator for your home brewed beer! #kegerator #guide

 

For the last several years, I have been using a plane old refrigerator to store my kegs and have been serving my beer from picnic \ cobra taps. A couple of weeks ago I decided to take the keg fridge to the next level and convert it to a full fledged Kegerator! After ordering some parts from MoreBeer and taking a trip to the local hardware supply shop, I had everything that I needed to begin my work.  My goal is to list out all of the basics of what you will need to conduct the process yourself but I am sure to miss something and if you need any specifics please feel free to ask; I am happy to help if I can.  Also, please keep in mind that I am not a carpenter, engineer or machinist; so there are probably 10 better ways of doing this, I am just trying to share my experience in case it helps someone else out.

Step 1 – Ordering your gear!
I figured that if I am going to take the time to do this project, I was going to do it right!  Recently MoreBeer started to carry Intertap stainless steel beer facuets – tap, which are basically the Holy Grail of beer taps!

Intertap Stainless Steel Beer Taps and Beer Faucets!

Intertap Stainless Steel Beer Taps and Beer Faucets!

I chose these intertap beer faucets for a few different reasons.  For one, they offered an all stainless steel faucets which is important to me because I want it to last, I want it to be sanitary and I do not want it be releasing strange metallic particulates in to my beer. These Intertap beer faucets are also forward sealing and in forward-sealing faucets the faucet keeps beer in it so the inside doesn’t have a chance to get sticky, making cleaning much easier. It also reduces the chance of off flavors transferring to your beer while you pour. One of the things that sets Intertap beer taps apart from other forward sealing taps is that Intertap faucets use a sliding shuttle that guides the o-ring into the perfect position every time. The Intertap stainless steel faucets are also modular allowing you to add helpful items like a ball lock spout, growler filling spout and a stout beer spout! They have two varieties in all stainless and 1 features a flow control lever.  I ended up getting 1 flow control faucet and 3 standard stainless steel faucets. MoreBeer has the best price I have found for Intertap Faucets and also offers fast free shipping on orders over $59.  Here are links to them as well as links to the anti-microbial beer line which I also highly recommend. Do not forget to pick a shank for each beer faucet, I got the 4″ shanks and they have me plenty of extra room to run them into my refrigerator door.

Intertap Forward Sealing Stainless Steel Beer Faucet

Intertap Forward Sealing Stainless Steel Beer Faucet with Flow Control

Intertap Stainless Steel Beer Faucet and Beer Tap Shanks

Ultra Barrier  Antimicrobial and PVC Free Beer Tubing

 

Chalkboard Beer Tap Handles

Chalkboard Beer Tap Handles

For now, I am using chalkboard tap handles, which make it convenient to remind me which beer is on which which tap in case I have a couple too many. At some point I would like to design a handle for each beer that I make but these look great, are functional and will do the trick for now.  They come in both chalkboard tap handles and white board dry erase tap handles, depending on what your prefer:

Chalkboard Beer Tap Handles

Whiteboard Dry Erase Tap Handles

Depending on what you are starting with or if you have anything at all, there may be a few other items that you want to pick up, such as a CO2 manifold, kegs, CO2 Tank and regulator. Here is a link to a great place to start if your are looking for an entire draft beer setup or just random draft beer and keg items

Draft Beer and Keg Equipment

Those were the items that I picked up at MoreBeer, the remainder I purchased at my local Lowes. I purchased 1 box of Stainmaster Luxury Vinyl flooring, which is great because it is resistant to liquid and stains.  Normal wood flooring does not do well with moisture so I would recommend avoiding it if possible.  I picked up a small container of vinyl flooring adhesive, a plastic spreading knife, a razor blade cutting knife (to cut the vinyl), a 1″ drill bill to cut the shank holes for the beer taps, chalkboard spray paint (for the refrigerator upper door), a 3″ wide plank of wood (to make a frame for the upper door), some wood stain to match the floor, black duct tape for trim and a brushed aluminum (that looks like stainless steel) kick plate to put on top of the vinyl but under the taps.

Vinyl Fake Wood Flooring for my Kegerator Door

Vinyl Fake Wood Flooring for my Kegerator Door

 

So once you have all of your supplies, it is time to get to work!  I started off my shutting off the refrigerator and giving it a good cleaning. I then removed both of the refrigerator doors and all of the handles and hardware. I then lightly sanded the refrigerator doors with a high grit sandpaper to make them more receptive to the vinyl adhesive and chalkboard spray paint. I then measured and cut the flooring so that it would fit my refrigerator door.  After making all of the needed cuts, I applied the adhesive to the refrigerator door, waited approximately 10 minutes and began  to place the vinyl planks.

Placing the vinyl flooring on the refrigerator door.

Placing the vinyl flooring on the refrigerator door.

 

The vinyl flooring planks were very easy to install and locked in to place with one another crating a strong bond. After placing all of the vinyl wood planks, I put it to the side to allow it to dry.  I then began work on painting the upper door, building the wood frame and getting the  mash paddle door handle ready for the kegerator. I figured that I would paint the upper door with chalkboard spray paint since it would add some contrast to the kegerator and also give me the option of adding some notes about the beer being served or allowing me to change the appearance of the fridge by changing up what was drawn on the board. Painting the door was easy and I gave it two coats of paint.

 

Chalkboard kegerator door

Chalkboard kegerator door

 

After the door was painted, I began my work on creating a simple frame to give it a border and add some cohesion with the rest of the kegerator. I got the cheapest 3″ wide plank I could find at Lowes and had them cut it to the appropriate sized cuts which they are always kind enough to do for free. I joined the pieces together with some wood glue and staples. I was going for a rustic look so was not too concerned with any rough edges or the staples showing. I then stained the wood and applied a clear acrylic coat once it had dried.

 

Chalkboard upper door frame for the homebrewing kegerator

Chalkboard upper door frame for the homebrewing kegerator

 

Next up was crating a door handle.  I wanted to use something that said beer or homebrewing when you looked at it!  I decided to use an old mash paddle that I had hanging around the garage and am really pleased with how it worked out.  I started by staining the mash paddle so that it would contrast the wood on the doors but compliment the beer tap handles. I then drilled the mounting holes and used a cork as a spacer so that the top of the handle would have a couple of inches of space from the door.

 

Home Brewing Mash Paddle for a refrigerator door handle

Home Brewing Mash Paddle for a refrigerator door handle

 

Once that was completed I mounted the doors back on the kegerator once I had verified that the flooring had adhered well enough and the paint had dried. Next I installed the brushed aluminum kick plate after cutting the excess metal with a pair of tin snips. I placed the kick plate in the center of the area where I was planning on installing my beer taps. I simply drilled it in with screws that would be long enough to make it into the door but not too long to pass in to the interior of the keg refrigerator.

Home Brewing Kegerator Stainless Steel Plate for Tap Handles and Faucets

Home Brewing Kegerator Stainless Steel Plate for Tap Handles and Faucets

 

Once that was done, it was time to install the frame for the upper door which I did with 4 screws. I then mounted the mash paddle kegerator door handle and applied some vinyl octopus decals that I picked up online. It was then time to install the beer tap shanks! I drilled pilot holes and then used my 1″ drill bit to cut the 4 holes for the tap shanks.  If I had this project to do over again, I think I will have switched drill bits to a 1″ saw style bit. If I had, I think the holes would have been a little cleaner.

How to cut a draft beer tap hole for your kegerator

How to cut a draft beer tap hole for your kegerator

 

If you are like me and do not have room to fit your CO2 tank in your kegerator and or do not want to store your CO2 tank in the fridge then you will need to drill a passage hole in the door.  I did so with a 1/4″ stainless steel pipe and brass fittings.

Install the CO2 hardware for your kegerator

Install the CO2 hardware for your kegerator

At this point all of the hard work is behind you and you are probably ready for a beer! Clean up the mess that you have certainly created when drilling in to vinyl and Styrofoam  and then slide the shanks in to the holes and tighten down the bolts on the inside of the kegerator.  Once tightened, you can install the beer taps – faucets on to the front of your kegerator and then attach your tap handles.  All that is left is to connect the kegs, test for leaks and you are ready to enjoy a nice cold beer! Hopefully this help some of you and if you have any questions or suggestions about converting a beer fridge in to a kegerator, please feel free to reach out!

Building a kegerator!

Building a kegerator!

 

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