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TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer – $135 + Free Shipping & Hands on Review

TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer.

About, from the offering description: “Tilt is a wireless hydrometer that lets you instantly read your brew’s specific gravity and temperature on your compatible Apple iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone/tablet or Tilt Pi. Most Bluetooth 4.0+ devices will work with the Tilt. You can then optionally save the data automatically to the cloud using our free Google Sheets template or other 3rd party cloud platforms. See our Apps section for more information. ” [keep reading]

Also: Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer!

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $135.  Shipping is also free to select addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Updated TILT™ Bluetooth HYDROMETER AND THERMOMETER

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TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer – $135 + Free Shipping + 10% Back + Hands on Review

TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer.

About, from the offering description: “Tilt is a wireless hydrometer that lets you instantly read your brew’s specific gravity and temperature on your compatible Apple iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone/tablet or Tilt Pi. Most Bluetooth 4.0+ devices will work with the Tilt. You can then optionally save the data automatically to the cloud using our free Google Sheets template or other 3rd party cloud platforms. See our Apps section for more information. ” [keep reading]

Also: Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer!

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $135.  Shipping is also free to select addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stacks With: eBay has a short promo going on where they’re giving you 10% in eBay Bucks (their rewards program – good toward a future purchase) with nearly any purchase.  There is no limit to how many eBay Bucks you can earn with this promotion, but there is a cap of $100 per transaction.  You need to activate this to get the deal.  Check out the full details – 10% in eBay Bucks!

Updated TILT™ Bluetooth HYDROMETER AND THERMOMETER

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TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer – $108! + Free Shipping + Hands on Review

TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer.

About, from the offering description: “Tilt is a wireless hydrometer that lets you instantly read your brew’s specific gravity and temperature on your compatible Apple iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone/tablet or Tilt Pi. Most Bluetooth 4.0+ devices will work with the Tilt. You can then optionally save the data automatically to the cloud using our free Google Sheets template or other 3rd party cloud platforms. See our Apps section for more information. ” [keep reading]

Also: Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer!

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $135.  Shipping is also free to select addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stacks With: For a very short time eBay is discounting most items by 20%.  See: 20% off at eBay.  That discounts makes this combo just $108.

Updated TILT™ Bluetooth HYDROMETER AND THERMOMETER

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The Brew Perfect Classic WiFi Hydrometer – $79.99 + Free Shipping, Save $120!

The Brew Perfect Classic WiFi Hydrometer

The Brew Perfect Classic.  From MoreBeer: “Monitor your fermentation remotely with the Brew Perfect Classic! If this product looks familiar, there’s good reason. Formerly sold under the name BeerBug, the company has since rebranded and major software improvements have accompanied the name change. The original application for the BeerBug was known to be a bit–well–buggy. But those issues have been thoroughly squashed in the Brew Perfect app. Although the hardware hasn’t changed in the Brew Perfect Classic, the unit is fully compatible with the new app. Whether you’re across the room or across the country, keep tabs on your fermentation with the click of a button.”

More Info

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

The Brew Perfect Classic measures the actual specific gravity, alcohol %, and temperature of your fermenting beer every minute and sends that information to your own free account online.  After set up you can log on at BrewPerfect.com or via the phone app to see exactly how your fermentation is doing. Three graphs are created for each of your beers to log how specific gravity, alcohol %, and temperature changed over the course of the fermentation. The Brew Perfect Classic gives you the knowledge to make better beer, saves you time, and is a whole lot of fun to use.

Knowledge is power. Understanding what happens during fermentation, and how to control it, is often what separates good brewers from great brewers. The Brew Perfect Classic is the tool that gives you that information. Ever wonder what the lag time is on your beer… the real lag time between pitching and when gravity begins to drop? Is my yeast working? How much does fermentation raise temperature? When should I adjust temperature up at the end of fermentation?  Or even more simply, what temperature did my beer really ferment at? You learn all that and more.

What is your time worth? If you have ever asked yourself “will I be able to keg this weekend?” The Brew Perfect Classic is for you.  The Brew Perfect Classic helps you arrange your busy schedule by knowing exactly when your beer is done fermenting and ready for the next step. Never again will you wonder if your beer is really done, set up to bottle, and then take a gravity reading only to realize you have sugar left in your beer.  What could have happened in that same situation when you own The Brew Perfect Classic is the night before, you checked your gravity on your phone, realized the fermentation had stalled, and that you actually needed to heat it up a bit to help the yeast finish.  You then scheduled your bottling for Sunday afternoon.

Fun.  At the end of the day the most important feature of The Brew Perfect Classic is fun. This takes two things we are all pretty crazy about… making beer and technology and fuses them together.  It is almost hard to believe that you could look at your phone most anywhere in the World and see how your beer is doing. On BrewPerfect.com you can also see fermentation profiles of all your fellow brewers and read their notes.  You will be able to share your fermentation profile with friends around the globe, your brew club, or on Facebook. That’s fun and cool.

Temperature Measurement. The Brew Perfect Classic measures temperature with the included onboard temperature sensor or an optional external probe. The onboard temperature is best explained as the temperature at the bottom of the Brew Perfect Classic.  Being directly above the brew and having CO2 pass through the unit, the temperature is fairly accurate of your brew.  However, it may lag behind the temperature changes of your brew, and it may be somewhat affected by ambient room temperatures.  If you’d like the most accurate temperature measurement possible you’ll want to pickup the optional temperature probe which will be in direct contact with the fermenting liquid.

 

Features:

  • Fits most any vessel that would accept, or could be modified to accept, a #7 stopper
  • CO2 vents through a traditional blowoff
  • Actual gravity sensor hangs from your BeerBug into your beer and can be lengthened or shortened to accommodate any vessel
  • Sends information via your local WiFi network (local WiFi required)
  • Rechargeable battery has 25 day life
  • Free account on TheBeerBug
  • Android and iOS Apps available for your phone
  • Software upgrades will automatically be sent to your BeerBug via WiFi as released
  • Temperature probe available separately
  • Eligible for MoreBeer!’s industry leading 1 year warranty

The Brew Perfect™ Classic FE630

Hops! While you’re placing an order MoreBeer’s Hop Market is currently live.  That features rotating deep discounts on hops.  Maximize free shipping and grab some hops when you grab your new keg.

Related: Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation & Best Sellers in Lab Erlenmeyers – via Amazon | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast Starters and Fermentation Resource Page

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Make Your Own Stir Plate: 3D Printed Stir Plate Magnet Mounting-Thingy! + 10% Off at Shapeways

3D Printed Stir Plate

In my quest to build a stir plate using a computer cooling type fan, I found that the most difficult part of getting that to work well was mounting the magnets properly.  I settled on two magnets and in spite of several attempts I was unable to get an efficient (or even stable) mount for the magnets.  Magnet alignment is an important part of stir plate design.  Uneven or mis-spaced magnets mean easily thrown stir bars and poor performance.

I decided to design and print a 3D printed mounting aid to make magnet mounting easier and more precise.  I’ve since dubbed this the HBF Stir Plate Mounting-Thingy.  In my opinion, it turned out pretty amazing.

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TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer [and a bottle of Star San] – $114.75 + Free Shipping + Hands on Review

TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer.

About, from the offering description: “Tilt is a wireless hydrometer that lets you instantly read your brew’s specific gravity and temperature on your compatible Apple iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone/tablet or Tilt Pi. Most Bluetooth 4.0+ devices will work with the Tilt. You can then optionally save the data automatically to the cloud using our free Google Sheets template or other 3rd party cloud platforms. See our Apps section for more information. ” [keep reading]

Also: Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer!

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $135.  Shipping is also free to select addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Flash Sale: For a very short time is discounting nearly everything by 15% when you use coupon code PMAY4TH with a minimum $50 purchase.  There is some fine print, but this discount combined with some of the great deals we’ve identified, has the makings of some outstanding deals.  The maximum discount is $100 and the coupon code can only be used one time per account.  You can add multiple items to your eBay cart and use the coupon on the combined purchase.  Full Details: 15% off at eBay – check out our Roundup of Homebrew Gear and Supplies to Consider

Updated TILT™ Bluetooth HYDROMETER AND THERMOMETER w FREE Bottle Star San

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Certified Refurbished PicoBrew PICO Model C

PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance, Black (Certified Refurbished)

PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance, Black (Certified Refurbished)


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

  • This PicoBrew Certified Remanufactured Product shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories and is covered by a 1-Year PicoBrew Limited Warranty from the date of purchase.
  • Brews 5 liters of your favorite craft beer at a time – the equivalent of (13) 12-ounce bottles – using pico Pak, kits containing all-natural grains and hops ingredients
  • Select pico Pak from award-winning beers from a growing list of over 180 large and small breweries around the world available on the pico brew marketplace
  • Fine-tune the ABV (alcohol Content) and ibu (bitterness level) of any pico Pak to your liking, or create a custom freestyle pico Pak with your own recipe of grains, hops, and yeast
  • Simple cleanup with built-in steam cleaning and dishwasher-safe components
  • Pico Pak sold separately
  • Included in Box: (1) Pico C Brewing Machine, 110V, (1) Serving Keg, (1) Brew Keg, (1) Quick Start Guide (1) Accessory Box that includes: Cleaning Bucket, Dishwasher Tab, Transfer Tube, Keg Cozy, Hops Cradle, Keg Brush

PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance, Black (Certified Refurbished)


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The Brew Perfect Classic WiFi Hydrometer – $79.99 + Free Shipping, Save $120!

The Brew Perfect Classic WiFi Hydrometer

The Brew Perfect Classic.  From MoreBeer: “Monitor your fermentation remotely with the Brew Perfect Classic! If this product looks familiar, there’s good reason. Formerly sold under the name BeerBug, the company has since rebranded and major software improvements have accompanied the name change. The original application for the BeerBug was known to be a bit–well–buggy. But those issues have been thoroughly squashed in the Brew Perfect app. Although the hardware hasn’t changed in the Brew Perfect Classic, the unit is fully compatible with the new app. Whether you’re across the room or across the country, keep tabs on your fermentation with the click of a button.”

More Info

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

The Brew Perfect Classic measures the actual specific gravity, alcohol %, and temperature of your fermenting beer every minute and sends that information to your own free account online.  After set up you can log on at BrewPerfect.com or via the phone app to see exactly how your fermentation is doing. Three graphs are created for each of your beers to log how specific gravity, alcohol %, and temperature changed over the course of the fermentation. The Brew Perfect Classic gives you the knowledge to make better beer, saves you time, and is a whole lot of fun to use.

Knowledge is power. Understanding what happens during fermentation, and how to control it, is often what separates good brewers from great brewers. The Brew Perfect Classic is the tool that gives you that information. Ever wonder what the lag time is on your beer… the real lag time between pitching and when gravity begins to drop? Is my yeast working? How much does fermentation raise temperature? When should I adjust temperature up at the end of fermentation?  Or even more simply, what temperature did my beer really ferment at? You learn all that and more.

What is your time worth? If you have ever asked yourself “will I be able to keg this weekend?” The Brew Perfect Classic is for you.  The Brew Perfect Classic helps you arrange your busy schedule by knowing exactly when your beer is done fermenting and ready for the next step. Never again will you wonder if your beer is really done, set up to bottle, and then take a gravity reading only to realize you have sugar left in your beer.  What could have happened in that same situation when you own The Brew Perfect Classic is the night before, you checked your gravity on your phone, realized the fermentation had stalled, and that you actually needed to heat it up a bit to help the yeast finish.  You then scheduled your bottling for Sunday afternoon.

Fun.  At the end of the day the most important feature of The Brew Perfect Classic is fun. This takes two things we are all pretty crazy about… making beer and technology and fuses them together.  It is almost hard to believe that you could look at your phone most anywhere in the World and see how your beer is doing. On BrewPerfect.com you can also see fermentation profiles of all your fellow brewers and read their notes.  You will be able to share your fermentation profile with friends around the globe, your brew club, or on Facebook. That’s fun and cool.

Temperature Measurement. The Brew Perfect Classic measures temperature with the included onboard temperature sensor or an optional external probe. The onboard temperature is best explained as the temperature at the bottom of the Brew Perfect Classic.  Being directly above the brew and having CO2 pass through the unit, the temperature is fairly accurate of your brew.  However, it may lag behind the temperature changes of your brew, and it may be somewhat affected by ambient room temperatures.  If you’d like the most accurate temperature measurement possible you’ll want to pickup the optional temperature probe which will be in direct contact with the fermenting liquid.

 

Features:

  • Fits most any vessel that would accept, or could be modified to accept, a #7 stopper
  • CO2 vents through a traditional blowoff
  • Actual gravity sensor hangs from your BeerBug into your beer and can be lengthened or shortened to accommodate any vessel
  • Sends information via your local WiFi network (local WiFi required)
  • Rechargeable battery has 25 day life
  • Free account on TheBeerBug
  • Android and iOS Apps available for your phone
  • Software upgrades will automatically be sent to your BeerBug via WiFi as released
  • Temperature probe available separately
  • Eligible for MoreBeer!’s industry leading 1 year warranty

The Brew Perfect™ Classic FE630

This promo has expired.  See Recent Finds & Top Deals

Related: Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation & Best Sellers in Lab Erlenmeyers – via Amazon | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast Starters and Fermentation Resource Page

More: Recent MoreBeer Finds

Looking for a MoreBeer Deal? – Today’s Deal of the Day | Sale Items | MoreBeer Deals

PicoBrew Craft Beer Brewing Appliance

Pico – Craft Beer Brewing Appliance

PicoBrew Craft Brewing Appliance


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

  • Pico delivers consistent, brew master quality beer every time
  • Brew your favorite beers from award winning craft breweries around the world
  • Choose from hundreds of different PicoPaks across all craft beer styles
  • Make perfect craft beer every time with the push of a button
  • Tune any PicoPak more to your liking, or create a freestyle PicoPak for a fully custom brew

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

PicoBrew Craft Beer Brewing Appliance (Discontinued by Manufacturer; Newer Item Available)

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Certified Refurbished PicoBrew PICO Model C

PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance, Black (Certified Refurbished)

PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance, Black (Certified Refurbished)


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

  • This PicoBrew Certified Remanufactured Product shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories and is covered by a 1-Year PicoBrew Limited Warranty from the date of purchase.
  • Brews 5 liters of your favorite craft beer at a time – the equivalent of (13) 12-ounce bottles – using pico Pak, kits containing all-natural grains and hops ingredients
  • Select pico Pak from award-winning beers from a growing list of over 180 large and small breweries around the world available on the pico brew marketplace
  • Fine-tune the ABV (alcohol Content) and ibu (bitterness level) of any pico Pak to your liking, or create a custom freestyle pico Pak with your own recipe of grains, hops, and yeast
  • Simple cleanup with built-in steam cleaning and dishwasher-safe components
  • Pico Pak sold separately
  • Included in Box: (1) Pico C Brewing Machine, 110V, (1) Serving Keg, (1) Brew Keg, (1) Quick Start Guide (1) Accessory Box that includes: Cleaning Bucket, Dishwasher Tab, Transfer Tube, Keg Cozy, Hops Cradle, Keg Brush

PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance, Black (Certified Refurbished)


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