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New from MoreBeer: FastOrange B – Test for Bacteria

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Have you even needed to check or confirm the presence of bacteria in your beer, only to find that sending a sample out is prohibitively expensive for a homebrewer? Whether you’re looking to identify the point of infection in your brewing process, looking for piece of mind that bacteria isn’t present, or just satisfying some curiosity, now you can quickly and cheaply test your beer for the presence of spoilage bacteria right in your home with Fast Orange B.

Simply add a small amount of beer or wort to the tube and wait a few days. If spoilage bacteria are present, the Fast Orange media will change color from brown to bright orange/yellow. It’s that simple!

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First developed in Germany at the Weihenstephan Institute and now made by the PIKA lab, FastOrange B is now used by several prominent USA Microbrewers where it is redefining quality control procedures because of its ease of use. Tests can be taken from all stages of production in a matter of seconds, and results are returned in days rather than weeks.

Did you know that an improperly cleaned and sanitized valve on your brewing kettle is an extremely common point of contamination? Take samples from before and after the valve to confirm you’ve got it clean and sanitary. Does your beer taste different after it is on tap for a bit? Test your draft system for beer spoilers by taking a sample right from the tap. The potential to improve your beer quality by easily doing your own testing is huge!

Tubes or Swabs?
Fast Orange B is available in two formats: Reaction tubes that you put a small sample of beer into (FO111) or Tubes that include a swab for taking a sample from the surface of a piece of equipment (FO121). Think of it this way: Use the FO111 tube to check whether or not there is bacteria present in the beer itself and to help isolate where in the process it’s coming from. Use the FO121 swabs to check or confirm your cleaning and sanitizing practices, or as a way to identify which pieces of equipment are the source of infection in your beer.

  • Test samples from beer or equipment at any point in the process from kettle to tap
  • Takes only seconds to use
  • Easy visual confirmation of beer spoiler in a matter of days
  • Includes materials to test two samples

Fast Orange B – Tubes (2 x 5ml) FO111 – $7.99 + Free Shipping with a $59 order

Fast Orange B – Ready to Use Tubes (2 5ml Tubes with Swabs) FO121 – $8.99 + Free Shipping with a $59 order

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White Labs… Professional Beer Analysis Sample Kit – Test for ABV and IBUs

Beer Analysis Sample Kit

White Labs Beer Analysis Sample Kit comes with directions, A sterile sample bottle and a pre-paid label.  You take a sample of your beer and send it to White Labs for analysis at the analytical laboratory at White Labs.

At $36.95 this is now an accessible and relatively affordable way to get a lab analysis on your beer.

The only other similar service that I’ve aware of is White Labs “Big QC” Day.  With that you got two beers tested for $139.  That was marketed as a $500 service.  To be fair that included more tests than this kit does.  I think… Diacetyl, alcohol content, calories, color, real and apparent attenuation and microbiological contaminants.  Some of those tests are still available for an additional charge.

The Beer Analysis Sample Kit checks for alcohol by volume and IBUs, with users being able to purchase a multitude of other testing options including diacetyl, alcohol, gluten, bacteria and wild yeast. Additional tests for purchase on Yeastman.com include color analysis, SO2, bacteria and wild yeast, and diacetyl.

Check it out – White Labs Beer Analysis Sample Kit

pH Meter and TDS Meter Combo

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pH Meter and TDS (total dissolved solids) meter combo.  pH meter measures 0 to 14 pH range with a resolution of .1 pH and and accuracy of .1 pH.

Use the pH meter to check the pH of your water, mash, [test Star San effectiveness] and finished beer.  The TDS meter could come in handy for checking your RO filter [See: Review – Portable Reverse Osmosis Water System] or for checking purchased distilled or RO water.  Some water processors add minerals back for flavor.  A TDS meter will allow you to make sure you’re getting what you want.

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Ph & TDS Meter Set, Combo of ±0.1ph High Accuracy Ph Meter and ±2% Readout Accuracy TDS Meter

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Etekcity pH Meter

Etekcity® High Quality Digital Pocket Pen/PH tester/Pen Type PH Meter/Water Quality

Etekcity pH Meter includes calibration screwdriver.  Measuring pH Range: 0.0 – 14.0 pH, Resolution: 0.1 pH, Accuracy: ±0.1 pH (20°C), ±0.2 pH, Operating Temperature: 0 – 50°C (32-122°F).  1 point manual calibration.

Use to check the pH of your water, mash, [test Star San effectiveness] and finished beer.

Etekcity High Quality Digital Pocket Pen/PH tester/Pen Type PH Meter/Water Quality

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pH Meter and TDS Meter Combo

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pH Meter and TDS (total dissolved solids) meter combo.  pH meter measures 0 to 14 pH range with a resolution of .1 pH and and accuracy of .1 pH.

Use the pH meter to check the pH of your water, mash, [test Star San effectiveness] and finished beer.  The TDS meter could come in handy for checking your RO filter [See: Review – Portable Reverse Osmosis Water System] or for checking purchased distilled or RO water.  Some water processors add minerals back for flavor.  A TDS meter will allow you to make sure you’re getting what you want.

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for up to the minute description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

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16 Oz Nalgene Containers

Nalgene HDPE Wide Mouth Round Container

16 Oz Nalgene HDPE Wide Mouth Round Containers.  BPA Free.  Made from High Density Polyethylene.

Nalgene HDPE Wide Mouth Round Container, 16 Oz

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(12) Half Liter Lab Bottles

Bel-Art 106310007 Scienceware Polypropylene Precisionware Narrow-Mouth Autoclavable Bottle with 38mm Closure, 500ml Capacity, Pack of 12

(12) half liter/500 ml lab Bottles by Bel-Art.  Narrow mouth.  Bottle is made from polypropylene.  Can withstand boiling and be sterilized by autoclave.  Solvent resistant.  Screw cap features deep threads to prevent spills and evaporation losses.

Possible homebrew uses include: Refractometer and pH sample collection, yeast rehydration, yeast washing and slurry storage. Also an easy vessel for making and storing sanitized water.  I use similar containers to collect samples and to aid with yeast rehydration.  Check out Tip 1 on our Tips Page for more info on my process for yeast rehydration.

Bel-Art 106310007 Scienceware Polypropylene Precisionware Narrow-Mouth Autoclavable Bottle with 38mm Closure, 500ml Capacity, Pack of 12

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