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Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container – $14.97, 50% Off List

Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container

Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container by Reliance

  • Rigid, 7-gallon rectangular water container with molded contour grip
  • Space-saving design for easy storing and stacking when empty
  • New and improved screw-on vent; hideaway spigot for on-demand water dispensing
  • Suitable for outdoors activities and emergency water storage

Possible homebrewing uses include collecting and transporting brew day water.

7/6/18 10 PM Central: This is on sale for $14.97. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container


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Digital pH Meter with Calibration Solution

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PH-009 pH Meter with 2 Pack of Calibration Mixture.  Measures 0 – 14 pH with .1 pH resolution.  Comes with protective case, calibration screwdriver pH 4 buffer and pH 6.86 buffer.


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

● Measuring Range: 0-14.0 pH
● Resolution: 0.1 pH
● Accuracy: ±0.1 pH(20°C )
● Use Environment: RH 95%, 0-50℃(32~122℉ )
● Adjustment: trimmer potentiometer
● Battery: 3×1.5V LR button cell


You can use a pH meter to check the pH of your water, mash, [test Star San effectiveness] and finished beer.

Digital PH Meter PH-009 Pocket Size Water Quality pH Tester for Household Drinking Water, Hydroponics, Aquariums, Swimming Pools – Extra Two Packs of PH Calibration Solution Mixture


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Digital Milligram Scale [1/1000th of a gram resolution!]

Homgeek Digital Milligram Scale 50 x 0.001g, Pocket Scale Mini Jewelry Gold Powder Weigh Scales with Calibration Weights Tweezers, Weighing Pans, LCD Display

Homgeek Digital Milligram Scale 50 x 0.001g, Pocket Scale Mini Jewelry Gold Powder Weigh Scales with Calibration Weights Tweezers, Weighing Pans, LCD Display

  • PRECISION SCALE – Accurate & professional digital milligram scale – 50g capacity and 0.001g accuracy. 
  • CHANGEABLE UNITS – Large 5-digital blue LCD display for easy reading in different 6 units: g / oz / ozt / dwt / ct / gn. 

Tare Function: Tare allows you to subtract the weight of the container you’re using to get a true weight of the contents.  Add your empty container to the scale and press the tare button.  This zeros out the scale.  Now add the thing you’re weighing and the scale displays just the weight of the contents of your container.  In my opinion the tare function is essential for any good homebrewing scale.

With resolution down to the thousandth of a gram, this would be a candidate for use with both hops and water salts

Homgeek Digital Milligram Scale 50 x 0.001g, Pocket Scale Mini Jewelry Gold Powder Weigh Scales with Calibration Weights Tweezers, Weighing Pans, LCD Display


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Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski

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Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski. Part of the Brewing Elements Series – Yeast, Hops, Malt, Water.  Learn about your brewing water, how to dial in water profiles, dial in your mash pH and more.

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“Water is arguably the most critical and least understood of the foundation elements in brewing beer. Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers, third in Brewers Publications’ Brewing Elements series, takes the mystery out of water’s role in the brewing process. The book leads brewers through the chemistry and treatment of brewing water, from an overview of water sources, to adjusting water for different beer styles, and different brewery processes, to wastewater treatment. The discussions include how to read water reports, understanding flavor contributions, residual alkalinity, malt acidity, and mash pH.”

 

Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers | Brewing Elements Series


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Reverse Osmosis Filter System [Dial in Your Brewing Water] – $59.49 + Free Shipping

Aquatic Life RO Buddie Reverse Osmosis Systems

Aquatic Life RO Buddie Reverse Osmosis Systems


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Add-On Drinking Water Kit with 2.8 Gallon Tank available, Amazon item B07371N7PT
  • Sediment, Carbon and DI cartridges are up-front and easy to replace
  • Membrane Housing accepts standard 11-3/4 IN membrane filters
  • Included Faucet Adapter makes it easy to connect to standard male hose thread/bib
  • NEW YORK CITY ONLY – Due to high city water sediment, additional pre-filtration required before use.

Using RO (Reverse Osmosis) or distilled water allows you to build your brewing water profile from the ground up, creating exactly the profile you’re looking for.

6/30/18 1 PM:  This is selling for just $59.49. Shipping to most US addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Aquatic Life RO Buddie Reverse Osmosis Systems


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Hands On Review: American Weigh AWS-100 – 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale

Here’s a Hands On Look at American Weigh’s Model AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale.  The scale has 1/100th gram resolution making it great for accurately weighing hops, small amounts of specialty grains and water salts.  It has a 100 gram (3.52 ounce) capacity.

cln_img_6812The front of the box.  Reads: Hundredth of a gram accuracy (0.01 g), 100g Maximum Capacity, Flip-Open Protective Cover, Includes two AAA, 10 Year Warranty.

AWS-100 Side of the box.  Reads: Capacity 100 g, Readability .01g, Power Two AAA, Platform Size 2.5 x 3″, Auto Off 60 Seconds No Activity.

AWS-100Front of the scale when closed.  The protective cover is a nice feature.  You don’t want to store a scale with any weight or pressure on the platform.  The built in cover keeps that from happening.

AWS-100Back of the scale

AWS-100Front of the scale when open

AWS-100 Quick User GuideClose up of the inside of the protective lid built into the AWS-100.  This includes a handy Quick User Guide.  Click the picture above to zoom.

100g Calibration WeightI purchased this 100 gram Calibration weight at the same time I got the AWS-100.  It’s worth picking up one of these.  You’ll see why next.

AWS-100 100 gramsThe 100 gram weight reads 100.12 grams.  The manual states that “calibration and adjustment are performed at the factory.  However, the weighing range can shift slightly during shipping”.  If the scale is weighing within an acceptable tolerance the scale should be left alone.  If it is outside of tolerance, it should be calibrated.  The manual says that the tolerance for this scale is .02 grams.  .12 is 6 times acceptable tolerance.  Calibration is required.

AWS-100 CalibrationTo calibrate you hold the mode button until CAL appears on the screen.  Press Mode again and it prompts you to put a 100 gram calibration weight on the platform

AWS-100 calibrationPut the weight on and the… wait 🙂 and the scale will pop up pass.  I’m guessing it calibrates itself using the weight and then re-tests the weight to ensure that it’s within tolerance.  If it is… whammo… pass.

AWS-100 100 gramReads 100.01 with a 100 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 100 gramThis is a different 100 gram weight.  It reads right at 100.

A note on accuracy: I don’t have lab quality weights.  Slight variances in accuracy tests could be a reflection of either the scale or the weight or both.  My guess is both are generally to blame.  If 1/100th (one one-hundredth) of a gram is an issue for what you’re doing… you’re going to need a lab quality scale.

AWS-100 50 gramReads 50.01 with a 50 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 20 gramReads 20.00 with a 20 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 10 gramReads 10.00 with a 10 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 2 gramReads 2.01 with a 2 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewReads 1 with a 1 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewReads .50 with a 500 milligram calibration weight

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewReads .21 with a 200 milligram calibration weight

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewReads .11 with a 100 milligram calibration weight.  Getting a reading on this light of a weight verifies that this scale is good for both hops and water salts.  It’s not really necessary (at least in my book) to get down to tenths of a gram for hops (although it’s nice to be able to do).  It is necessary to get down to this range for water salts.

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewWeighing 28 grams (about one ounce) of calibration weights using the AWS-100.  Hops and water salts are a couple of things that I like to weigh in metric.  The other is… yeast starter wort.  That is very easy to formulate using liters and grams.  1 liter of water goes with 100 grams  DME.  If you need a .5 liter starter it would be .5 liter of water + 50 grams of DME.

AWS 100 nickel calibration weightTip: a US Nickel is right at 5 grams

AWS 100 sizeFor size reference… next to a 3 piece airlock

AWS 100 refractometerSize reference… next to the RSG-100ATC Dual Scale Refractometer

cln_img_6910Weighing a stainless sample cup (part of my Brew Day Box).  This is a good example of the beauty of the Tare Feature.  Notice that the scale reads 39.45 grams.

AWS 100 tareA press of the Tare button effectively zeroes out the scale.

AWS 100 hops scaleBecause the container is subtracted, I’m weighing just the contents.  That means I have 35.22 grams of Amarillo hops here.

aws-100 gram scale reviewOne thing I have wondered is… Can you weigh more than the capacity of a scale using the Tare Feature.  The answer, at least for this scale, is yes.  I put a 100 gram weight on the scale, Tared it and then put a 50 gram weight on the scale.

I’ve owned this since December 2014.  I can tell you that it is a great scale with excellent resolution and accuracy that is perfect for hops and water salts.

American Weigh Scale AWS-100 Digital Pocket Scale, 100g X 0.01g Resolution


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AMIR Digital Kitchen Scale, 100 Gram Capacity, .01 Gram Resolution

AMIR Digital Mini Scale, 100g 0.01g/0.001oz Pocket Jewelry Scale, Electronic Smart Scale with 7 Units, LCD Backlit Display, Tare Function, Auto Off, Stainless Steel & Slim Design (Battery Included)

AMIR Digital Mini Scale, 100g 0.01g/0.001oz Pocket Jewelry Scale, Electronic Smart Scale with 7 Units, LCD Backlit Display, Tare Function, Auto Off, Stainless Steel & Slim Design (Battery Included)


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • HIGH ACCURACY: AMIR digital pocket kitchen scale built with high precision sensor system, provides you with instant and accurate results from 0.05g to 100g. Easy to clean and use, guarantee you an accurate weighing reading.
  • 7 DIFFERENT MEASUREMENTS: The mini food scale includes all the necessary unit measurements for easy weight translations, convert measurement between in g, gn, oz, ozt, ct, tl and dwt in seconds. Convenient for you to choose the proper unit by pressing the mode button.
  • PROTECTIVE COVER: The jewelry scale designed with a stainless steel platform and a protective flip cover. It is crafted to be strong, durable, and pocket-size for many of your portable weighing needs, such as food, tablets, powder, gemstones, coins, jewelry, gold, etc. What a useful pocket scale!
  • COMPACT DESIGN & BACK-LIT: Minimalistic and compact design (Product Dimensions: 3″ x 5″ x 3/4″) make it a portable pocket scale to take everywhere. Built with a clear blue back-lit LCD screen, enables you to read easily and clearly.
  • INTELLIGENT INDICATION:The cooking scale can alert users for low battery power, overload, and uneven surface placement. Auto-off after 60 seconds of inactivity, which helps to preserve battery power and efficiency; 2 AAA batteries included. The calibration weight is not included.

Tare Function: Tare allows you to subtract the weight of the container you’re using to get a true weight of the contents.  Add your empty container to the scale and press the tare button.  This zeros out the scale.  Now add the thing you’re weighing and the scale displays just the weight of the contents of your container.  In my opinion the tare function is essential for any good homebrewing scale.

Given the specs of this scale, it should work for weighing hops, water salts, smaller amounts of specialty grains (100 grams is about 3.5 ounces) and other brewing ingredients.

AMIR Digital Mini Scale, 100g 0.01g/0.001oz Pocket Jewelry Scale, Electronic Smart Scale with 7 Units, LCD Backlit Display, Tare Function, Auto Off, Stainless Steel & Slim Design (Battery Included)


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Digital pH Meter with Calibration Solution

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PH-009 pH Meter with 2 Pack of Calibration Mixture.  Measures 0 – 14 pH with .1 pH resolution.  Comes with protective case, calibration screwdriver pH 4 buffer and pH 6.86 buffer.


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

● Measuring Range: 0-14.0 pH
● Resolution: 0.1 pH
● Accuracy: ±0.1 pH(20°C )
● Use Environment: RH 95%, 0-50℃(32~122℉ )
● Adjustment: trimmer potentiometer
● Battery: 3×1.5V LR button cell


You can use a pH meter to check the pH of your water, mash, [test Star San effectiveness] and finished beer.

Digital PH Meter PH-009 Pocket Size Water Quality pH Tester for Household Drinking Water, Hydroponics, Aquariums, Swimming Pools – Extra Two Packs of PH Calibration Solution Mixture



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AMIR Digital Kitchen Scale, 200 Gram Capacity, .01 Gram Resolution

AMIR Digital Mini Scale, 200g 0.01g/ 0.001oz Pocket Jewelry Scale, Electronic Smart Scale with 7 Units, LCD Backlit Display, Tare Function, Auto Off, Stainless Steel & Slim Design (Battery Included)

AMIR Digital Mini Scale, 200g 0.01g/ 0.001oz Pocket Jewelry Scale, Electronic Smart Scale with 7 Units, LCD Backlit Display, Tare Function, Auto Off, Stainless Steel & Slim Design (Battery Included)


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • High Accuracy: AMIR digital pocket kitchen scale built with high precision sensor system, provides you with instant and accurate results from 0.01g (0.001oz) to 200g. Easy to clean and use, guarantee you an accurate weighing reading.
  • 7 Different Measurements: The mini food scale includes all the necessary unit measurements for easy weight translations, convert measurement between in g, gn, oz, ozt, ct, tl and dwt in seconds. Convenient for you to choose the proper unit by pressing the mode button.
  • Protective Cover: The jewelry scale designed with a stainless steel platform and a protective flip cover. It is crafted to be strong, durable, and pocket-size for many of your portable weighing needs, such as food, tablets, powder, gemstones, coins, jewelry, gold, etc. What a useful pocket scale!
  • Compact Design & Back-Lit: Minimalistic and compact design (Product Dimensions: 3″ x 5″ x 3/4″) make it a portable pocket scale to take everywhere. Built with a clear blue back-lit LCD screen, enables you to read easily and clearly.
  • Intelligent Indication: The cooking scale can alert users for low battery power, overload, and uneven surface placement. Auto-off after 30 seconds of inactivity, which helps to preserve battery power and efficiency; 2 AAA batteries included.

Tare Function: Tare allows you to subtract the weight of the container you’re using to get a true weight of the contents.  Add your empty container to the scale and press the tare button.  This zeros out the scale.  Now add the thing you’re weighing and the scale displays just the weight of the contents of your container.  In my opinion the tare function is essential for any good homebrewing scale.

Given the specs of this scale, it should work for weighing hops, water salts, smaller amounts of specialty grains (200 grams is about 7 ounces) and other brewing ingredients.

AMIR Digital Mini Scale, 200g 0.01g/ 0.001oz Pocket Jewelry Scale, Electronic Smart Scale with 7 Units, LCD Backlit Display, Tare Function, Auto Off, Stainless Steel & Slim Design (Battery Included)


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AMIR Digital Kitchen Scale, 500 Gram Capacity, .01 Gram Resolution

AMIR Digital Kitchen Scale, 500g/ 0.01g Pro Cooking scale with Back-Lit LCD Display, Accuracy Pocket Food Scale, 6 Units, Auto Off, Tare, PCS Function, Stainless Steel, Batteries Included

AMIR Digital Kitchen Scale, 500g/ 0.01g Pro Cooking scale with Back-Lit LCD Display, Accuracy Pocket Food Scale, 6 Units, Auto Off, Tare, PCS Function, Stainless Steel, Batteries Included

Range: 0.01g (0.001oz) to 500g. Stainless steel platform, ABS frame.  Blue backlit LCD display.  Displays in g, tl, oz, ct, and gn.  Includes two trays.  Product Dimensions: 4″ x 5″ x 3/4″. Platform Dimensions: 4″x4″, 

Tare Function: Tare allows you to subtract the weight of the container you’re using to get a true weight of the contents.  Add your empty container to the scale and press the tare button.  This zeros out the scale.  Now add the thing you’re weighing and the scale displays just the weight of the contents of your container.  In my opinion the tare function is essential for any good homebrewing scale.

Given the specs of this scale, it should work for weighing hops, water salts, smaller amounts of specialty grains (500 grams is about 17.6 ounces or just over a pound) and other brewing ingredients.

AMIR Digital Kitchen Scale, 500g/ 0.01g Pro Cooking scale with Back-Lit LCD Display, Accuracy Pocket Food Scale, 6 Units, Auto Off, Tare, PCS Function, Stainless Steel, Batteries Included


A smaller scale can work for all grain brewers, as you can weigh any amount of grain in multiple batches, but if you’re a large batch all grain brewer or regularly brew all grain batches with larger grain bills you may want to consider a two scale approach, one more precise scale for hops and a larger capacity scale for larger grain bills.  A couple scales to consider:

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