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First Looks: The Atago PAL-1 Professional Refractometer


I just received my Atago PAL-1 Professional quality, digital refractometer in the mail yesterday!  I look forward to using this on a brew day and doing a more in depth hands on review.  For now, here are a few first look pictures.

This comes in a nice storage case with a protective styrofoam insert.  The box reads: Proudly made in Japan 100%.  Good Design Award.  Tokyo Tech Award.  High Quality.


Top view of the storage case.


Inside view of the case


Bottom of the unit.  The battery cover has a gasket, because… this thing is waterproof.


On, calibrated and reading 0 Brix.  This is easy to calibrate, place a few drops of distilled water on the glass, hit start.  If the reading is 0, you’re good to go, if not, hit the zero button.

So far… I’m impressed with this refractometer.  I’m looking forward to using it the next time I brew.

Atago PAL-1 Professional Grade, Digital Refractometer for $273.99 + $7.50 Shipping.  

This is the best price, that I can recall, on an Atago PAL-1 Digital Refractometer.  For comparison, Amazon’s offering is currently selling for $305 - Here.


Also ConsiderDual Scale Refractometer + Zipper Bag Soft Case - $22.70 Shipped


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First Looks: The Atago PAL-1 Professional Refractometer


I just received my Atago PAL-1 Professional quality, digital refractometer in the mail yesterday!  I look forward to using this on a brew day and doing a more in depth hands on review.  For now, here are a few first look pictures.

This comes in a nice storage case with a protective styrofoam insert.  The box reads: Proudly made in Japan 100%.  Good Design Award.  Tokyo Tech Award.  High Quality.


Top view of the storage case.


Inside view of the case


Bottom of the unit.  The battery cover has a gasket, because… this thing is waterproof.


On, calibrated and reading 0 Brix.  This is easy to calibrate, place a few drops of distilled water on the glass, hit start.  If the reading is 0, you’re good to go, if not, hit the zero button.

So far… I’m impressed with this refractometer.  I’m looking forward to using it the next time I brew.

Atago PAL-1 Professional Grade, Digital Refractometer for $273.99 + $7.50 Shipping.  

This is the best price, that I can recall, on an Atago PAL-1 Digital Refractometer.  For comparison, Amazon’s offering is currently selling for $305 - Here.


Also ConsiderDual Scale Refractometer + Zipper Bag Soft Case - $22.70 Shipped


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First Looks: ATC, Dual Scale Refractometer – $22.88 Shipped

I just received this refractometer today (4/13).  I ordered it on 4/9.  That’s pretty quick delivery.

Side View

Next to the included screwdriver and pippette dropper

Next to the eBay-sourced refractometer that I’ve used for years.  This look and feel very similar.

This dual scale refractometer is selling for $22.88 shipped.  Dual scale means it reads in both degrees brix and gravity units.

Dual scale refractometer (Brix and Specific Gravity)

  • 0-32% Brix Scale / 1.000-1.120 Wort Specific Gravity
  • Accurate to +/- 0.20% Brix / +/- 0.001 Wort Specific GravityScale Divisions: 0.20% / 0.001 Wort Specific Gravity
  • Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC)
  • Sturdy design, made of lightweight machined Aluminum, not “carbon” plastic
Complete details here

Economic Beer Wort and Wine Refractometer, Dual Scale – Specific Gravity and Brix

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Hands On: OntarioBeerKeg’s Growler Filler – $11.99 Shipped


The OntarioBeerKegs growler filler is designed to work with Perlick 525 series faucets.  I’ve also heard that these will work with 575 series faucets, but I’d double check with the seller first on that.


The filler itself is made from stainless steel and looks and feels well built.



This is OntarioBeerKeg’s own design.  You can see OBK labeled right on the filler.  Also notice the double gasket design.


This fits easily on my faucets and came off easily.  


Having never used one of these before, one of my concerns was leaking between the faucet and the filler.  I tested this for leaks by putting the filler on one of my faucets and plugging the tubing by pressing on the end of it with my thumb and then opening the faucet.  Good news and bad news.


Good news: no drips or leaks at all from the filler.  It works great!


Bad news: I was left with a pressurized piece of tubing partially filled with beer.  Not great planning.  Fortunately I was able to direct this into my drip tray.


Bottom line… This is a straightforward and simple tool that is well built and does the job it was intended to do.


via Ebay.  The seller is OntarioBeerKegs, based in Ontario, Canada.  OntarioBeerKegs has a 100% positive rating and shipping is free to the US.


Growler Filler for Perlick 525SS Faucets – $11.99 Shipped


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Thermometer Smackdown! – $4 eBay Thermometer vs ThermoWorks RT600C


I picked up an economy thermometer off of eBay the other day and wanted to give it a go around.  I used my ThermoWorks RT600C for comparison.


Delivery speed:  I ordered this from eBay seller tang-art on October 16th.  It shipped directly from China.  I received it on October 24th.  I would say 8 days is pretty speedy delivery.


Accuracy:  As you can see from the picture above, this ran pretty close to the RT600C.  As you can imagine, a glass of ice water is not at an even temperature throughout.  At times, the two thermometers did vary.  This was usually around .2 (2/10ths) to .5 (5/10ths) of a degree.  I’m very happy with the accuracy of this thermometer.  I did find that you really need to submerge most of the thermometer probe to get an accurate reading.  With the RT600C, you only need to submerge 1/4″ of the tip.


Response Time:  I used the highly scientific “one-one thousand ” measuring system.  I found the RT600C to hit just about dead on the stated specs.. around 5 seconds.  The $4 thermometer seemed to take around 15 seconds to settle in.


Build Quality:  The ThermoWorks RT600C feels well built.  This thing is rated to run through a dishwasher.  I can’t say the same for the $4 thermometer.  It feels okay, but I wouldn’t suggest submerging this puppy, in fact, I would suggest keeping the body of this thermometer dry.


Bottom Line:  For $4 or so shipped from China, this thing is a steal.  I’m happy to have it as a backup unit.  If you’re on a tight budget, I’d go for it.  Also, if you’re looking for a spare, it makes a lot of sense.  If you don’t fit into those two categories, I’d pickup something like the RT600C.


More Pictures..


 The eBay thermometer comes in a nice little storage case


 The eBay thermometer just sitting there, staring back


 Warm water test, bam.. right on the money


Getting goofy… I threw my Taylor 9842 in for crazy fun.  It’s reading from the other side of the glass, so I’m not super concerned about the 1 degree difference the Taylor is showing.


Full $4 thermometer details and specs here


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The ThermoWorks RT600C and Taylor 9842 Thermometers are Top Finds!

ThermoWorks RT600C - $19 + $5.99 Shipping

 

Taylor 9842 Commercial Thermometer - $11.69 + Free Shipping with $25 order

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