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PH-009 Digital pH Meter… $11.88


The highly rated PH-009 Digital pH Meter from Etekcity is selling for $11.88.  It ships free with Prime or with a qualifying $35 order.

Etekcity PH-009 IA High Quality Digital Pocket Pen Type PH Meter & Digital Tester Hydro – $11.88 + Free Shipping with $35 order 

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Reader Tip: White Labs “Big QC Day” Discounted Testing Services

Thanks to HBF Reader Grant for this tip!


White Labs “Big QC Day” allows you to get two of your homebrews tested at a reduced price.  $139 for two beers (normally over $500).  You’ll get results for Diacetyl, alcohol content, calories, color, real and apparent attenuation and microbiological contaminants.

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12 Stainless Portion Cups – $6.65, Record Low, 55 Cents Per Cup


This highly rated pack of (12) 2 1/2 Ounce Stainless Steel Portion Cups has recently sold for as much as $10.86.  They have dropped to $6.65.  This figures to 55 cents per cup and is a record low Amazon price.  

These are very similar to the cups that I use in my Brew Day Box.  I use those to portion out hops and other boil additions.  Others use these type of cups for pH and gravity sample containers.  They are a great size and don’t take a lot of room since they nest together.  The ones I have cost about $1.50 each plus shipping.

Adcraft OYC-2/PKG Stainless Steel Sauce Cup, 2-1/2 oz. (Pack of 12) – $6.65 + Free Shipping with $35 order


EDIT:  Thanks to the commenter on this post for this additional option…
Individual Condiment Sauce Cups- One Dozen – 2½ Oz. Ounce – $5.84 + Free Shipping with $35 order


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Milwaukee Instruments MA871 Digital Refractometer – $112.62 Shipped (Save $37)

Milwaukee Instrument’s highly rated MA871 Digital, ATC Refractometer has just dropped $37.33 from $149.95 to $112.62.  Shipping is free.  

This is a great deal for a digital refractometer.  For ComaprisonAtago PAL-1 and Hanna 96801


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This highly rated Dual Scale Refractometer refractometer is a Top Find.

Gravity to Brix Accuracy
Typical refractometers use a linear 4 x gravity to Brix conversion.  That’s fine and dandy up until around 1.049.  At that point this linear scale starts to become inaccurate.  Brix 11 does equal 1.044, but Brix 12 does not equal 1.048.  It is 1.049.  It’s only 1 point off here, but up at Brix 24, it’s up to 5 points off.  Brix 24 equals 1.101 not 1.096.

All this to say that this model of refractometer uses a more accurate, non-linear gravity to Brix scale.

From the manufacturer: “This is the only inexpensive Wort SG to be corrected. The only other corrected refrafractometers in existence are the BREWfractometer and the BREWfractometer Extreme.”


Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Northern Brewer’s Refractometer Calculators.

Magnum Media DUAL SCALE 0-32% Brix and 1.000-1.130SG Wort Refractometer RSG-100ATC Beer Home Brew - $23.99 + Free Shipping with $35 order - Filler Items

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More Beer: Milwaukee pH Meter with ATC – $114


Product Description - Here  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Milwaukee pH Meter w/ATC MT609 - $114 + Free Shipping

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.



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More Beer: Milwaukee pH Meter with ATC – $114


Product Description - Here  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Milwaukee pH Meter w/ATC MT609 - $114 + Free Shipping

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.



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Reader Tip: 12″ Pipettes + Refractometer Deal


Thanks to HBF Reader Scott for this tip!

Scott Says: “After many trials and tribulations I finally found some long plastic pipettes at a super cheap price for taking samples out of my carboy. They are a foot long and I’ve found that if I’m doing 5 gallon batches in 6 or 6.5 gallon glass carboys they always can reach down and suck up more than enough for a refractometer sample – the 12 inches usually pulls up about 4-5 tablespoons of wort. I have the huge bulky wine thief that all home brewers typically buy and use, but since I bought these I have switched over to these plastic pipettes 100%. Much easier, uses less beer, and literally zero mess/loose drippings. The best part is that you get 10 of them for under 10 dollars. Share them with friends, or always have extras.”


Great Tip Scott!  I didn’t know these existed an a 12″ size.

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This highly rated Dual Scale Refractometer refractometer is a Top Find.

Gravity to Brix Accuracy
Typical refractometers use a linear 4 x gravity to Brix conversion.  That’s fine and dandy up until around 1.049.  At that point this linear scale starts to become inaccurate.  Brix 11 does equal 1.044, but Brix 12 does not equal 1.048.  It is 1.049.  It’s only 1 point off here, but up at Brix 24, it’s up to 5 points off.  Brix 24 equals 1.101 not 1.096.

All this to say that this model of refractometer uses a more accurate, non-linear gravity to Brix scale.

From the manufacturer: “This is the only inexpensive Wort SG to be corrected. The only other corrected refrafractometers in existence are the BREWfractometer and the BREWfractometer Extreme.”


Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Northern Brewer’s Refractometer Calculators.

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    Reader Tip: pH Meter for $18.95

    Thanks to HBF Readers Mattias and Luke for this tip!

    I received two tips on this same pH Meter in as many days.  It’s getting great reviews, has ATC, a 0-14 pH range, with .01 resolution.  Check out the full description and specifications.

    Etekcity 0.05 pH High Accuracy Pocket Size pH Meter with ATC(Automatic Temperature Compensation) Backlit Light LCD 0-14 pH Measurement Range,0.01 Resolution Handheld pH pen tester – $18.95 + Free Shipping with $35 order - Filler Items

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    Heads Up: Top Selling Homebrew pH Meter Coming up on Lightning Deals

    Thanks to Facebook Friend Jesse for this tip!  Connect with HBF on Facebook - Here


    Hanna’s 98103B pH Meter is set to be discounted as an Amazon Lightning Deal.  It’s currently selling for $34.40.  Shipping is free with Prime or with a qualifying $35 order.


    Lightning Deal price is set to go live at 2 PM Central.  Check it out – Here


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    Hanna pH Meter – $26.30, New Record Low


    Hanna’s 98103 pH Meter has fallen to a new record low Amazon price of $26.30.  It ships free with Prime or with a qualifying $35 order.  This meter features a replaceable electrode and two point calibration.

    Hanna Instruments HI98103 Checker pH Tester with pH Electrode and Batteries, 0.00 to 14.00 pH, +/-0.2 pH Accuracy, 0.01 pH Resolution - $26.30 + Free Shipping with Prime or Qualifying $35 order Filler Items

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