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Month: January 2014

Northernbrewer.com – Northern Brewer 10% Off Coupon Code

Northern Brewer 10% Off Coupon Code

Northern Brewer 10% Off Coupon Code

 

I don’t typically post coupon codes or promotional codes in this section of the website, but if I come across one that is just too good to pass up I will make an exception.  Right now northernbrewer.com \ Northern Brewer is offering a $25 gift card promotion if your spend $200 or more, which can work out to a 12.5% discount if you do it right.

The coupon code is valid until 2/8/2014 and the Northern Brewer promo code for this promotion is:  QUARTERBONUS

 

You can view the promotion here: Northern Brewer 12.5% Discount Coupon Code

 

 

For additional Northerbrewer.com \ Northern Brewer Coupon Codes and Promo Codes, we keep a running list available here:  NorthernBrewer.com Coupon Codes

Stainless Steel Quick Connects and Disconnects

Stainless Steel Quick Connects

Stainless Steel 1/2″ Quick Connects

 

Stainless Steel 1/2″ Home Brewing Quick Connects and Disconnects

 

To many home brewers one of the primary marks of a good home brewer is efficiency, both in grain conversion and time.  Quick disconnects are a means of achieving a shorter brew day while at the same time preserving the integrity of the threads on your home brewing equipment.  In addition to the time savings during the brewing process, it may also help save time during cleaning and storage.

 

I switched over to 1/2″ stainless steel quick disconnects on my brew kettles, march pumps, wort chiller and sparge arm about 4 months ago and have been very happy with the decision thus far.  It allows me to connect and disconnect hoses in a matter of a couple of seconds which is nice when the gear is burning hot!  The hose swaps are quick and best of all I no longer have to worry about where I left my wrench or screw driver.  I had previously tried the Blichhman quick disconnects but found these spring loaded version to work much better.  They have been leak free for me and have made clean up allot easier and quicker.  The only downside that I can really see is the cost.  You are looking at about $10 per connect and disconnect as compared to a 50 cent worm clamp.  Personally, I think it is a good long term investment.

 

If you are looking to pick up a few quick connects and disconnects, you can find them here at a good price:

Stainless Steel Quick Connects and Quick Disconnects

Stainless steel mini keg growler!

Stainless Steel Mini Keg Growler

Stainless Steel Mini Keg Growler

 

Have I found the worlds best growler?

When I first viewed this stainless steel mini keg growler online I was not too sure what to think.  My initial thought was that it was just another way for a home brewing supplies to get another $35 of my dollars.  I needed to buy something else in order to qualify for free shipping and this looked interesting so I thought what the heck, I will give it a shot.

 

My stainless steel mini keg growler arrived about 2 weeks ago and when I first saw it and the small box that it came in I started regretting my purchase.  The box was so small in comparison to a traditional glass growler that I figured I would be lucky if this new growler held 2 pints, but thankfully I was wrong.  One of the best parts of this stainless steel growler is that the walls of it are so much thinner than a glass growler that it can be much more compact but still hold the same amount of beer.  Best of all if I were to drop this mini keg growler, I might dent it but not shatter into 10,000 glass shards like a regular growler.

 

Since buying this mini keg growler I have already used it on 2 separate occasions and everyone who sees it has expressed how great they think the design is.  When I walked in with it I think I think people initially thought I was transporting uranium but when I came a little closer they could see that it was a miniature keg and could not wait to try the beer.  Another thing that I really like about it is the lid.  The cap is also made of stainless steel, it is very sturdy with an o-ring at the top of it that holds a perfect and air tight seal.  The cap is just about indestructible, easy to clean and should never need to be replaced as opposed to a standard growler cap.

 

If I had to find a problem with this stainless steel mini keg growler, I suppose that it would be that it does a poor job of retaining its cold.  Since you can just keep it in a fridge or a cooler, that is a really small issue in comparison to all of the benefits that it brings.  Overall this has to be my favorite growler that I own and I would highly recommend it.  It is also a great gift idea for the home brewer that already has everything.

 

The stainless steel mini keg growler can be purchased here:

Click here for the stainless steel mini growler

The Best Pliny the Elder Recipe for Home Brewers!

Pliny the Elder Home Brewing Recipe

Pliny the Elder

 

Are you like most of the county or I should say world and can’t get your hands on a bottle or pint of Pliny the Elder, one of the worlds best Double IPA’s?  Well don’t look so glum, you now have the ability to brew your own!

 

Thanks to MoreBeer, you can now purchase an authentic Russian River Pliny the Elder All Grain Brewing Recipe Kit or Pliny the Elder Extract Home Brewing Recipe Kit.  Rest assured, this is not just some Pliny the Elder clone that they whipped up in the back of their warehouse.  This is one of their exclusive BrewMaster Series Recipe Kit that comes directly from Vinnie Cilurzo, the owner \ brewer of the Russian River Brewing Company.

 

The recipe comes with all the ingredients that you need to brew a batch of Pliny the Elder, minus the yeast and they have a few options for you to choose from as far as that goes.  I personally would recommend going with the Wyeast 1056 liquid yeast.  Good luck and happy brewing!

 

The Pliny the Elder Recipe Kits are currently available here:

Pliny the Elder All Grain Home Brewing Recipe Kit

Pliny The Elder Extract Home Brewing Recipe Kit

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