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Announcing: CoolBot Pro WiFi Enabled Walk-In Controller

CoolBot Pro Walk-In Cooler Controller (WiFi Enabled) FE636

CoolBot Pro Walk-In Cooler Controller (WiFi Enabled) via MoreBeer


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

The CoolBot Pro brings you all the great features of the standard CoolBot with added WiFi connectivity, allowing you to monitor and control your cold room from your smartphone through the free mobile app. The CoolBot Pro enables a standard air conditioner to cool a room or space down to 34°F. Easily installs with no tools or electrical knowledge required.

The CoolBot Pro comes paired with the Jumper WiFi relay module, which installs on the outside of your cold room. Once the jumper is connected to your wireless network, you can use the free mobile app to control your CoolBot from virtually anywhere with a WiFi connection. Monitor your cold room remotely, adjust temperatures on the fly, or program the app to send you notifications if something is amiss. Whether you’re on the go during a busy work week or taking some well-earned R&R, CoolBot Pro has your back!

Standard A/C units available from any hardware or appliance store have lots of power, but they are electronically restricted to not go below 60°F. This is because they would freeze up. Commercial refrigeration for walk-in coolers combat freeze with increased surface area on the fins and fans. Instead the CoolBot technology uses multiple sensors, a heating element and programmed micro-controller to control your air conditioner in such a way that the unit can go below 60°F and not freeze up. The CoolBot cannot give you 100% of the BTUs listed on your air conditioner, nor is suitable for large brewery or winery walk-ins. But it is perfect for wine cellars, beer storage, fermentation, and many other applications.

Easy to install within 30 minutes with no tools or electrical knowledge required. While we can’t tell you exactly what size space you can cool because of ambient temperatures and insulation factors, we recommend you google CoolBot. They have sold over 45,000 of these so there are lots of reviews and actual installs out there. We offer free shipping on this unit, ship fast from both coasts, and have great customer service.

This type of system is also very efficient. Most commercial systems are power hogs with large fans that are always running. Residential A/C units are made for efficiency. The CoolBot Pro will also shut down the compressor for a short time when the unit is running at its highest level of inefficiency, as it nears freeze up.

  • Trusted CoolBot technology now with WiFi connectivity and mobile app
  • Allows a standard window air conditioner to cool a room to 34°F
  • Interactive refrigeration for Brewing, Winemaking, Restaurants, Agricultural Purposes & More
  • Mobile app: remote temperature reading and adjustments, receive critical alerts, data storage and reporting
  • Cool Bot Pro and Jumper WiFi relay module included
  • Free mobile app features require WiFi connection
  • Made in the USA
  • Controller Dimensions: 6.5″ x 3.4″ x 1.1″
  • Jumper Dimensions: 4″ x 3.6″ x 1.1″

CoolBot Pro Walk-In Cooler Controller (WiFi Enabled) FE636

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Our Top Posts of 2018 #4… Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer!

To celebrate a great year, we’re going through some of our top content of 2018.  This was our #4 most visited post…

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer

I get pretty excited about most homebrew gear. As an engineer, I love trying to find new tools that let me brew more consistently, or give me control over processes that previously were just a spectator sport. The Tilt Bluetooth hydrometer is one of those devices that pulls back the curtain a bit on a part of the brew process that’s a bit more mysterious. It lets you see what’s going on within your fermenting beer in a way that makes you wonder how you managed without it before.


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The device comes in a compact clear polycarbonate tube, sealed on each end to keep the battery and fancy circuitry dry as it floats along in your fermentor. It’s completely no-strings-attached, and you just drop it in your fermentor and the Bluetooth chip on board broadcasts to your smartphone or tablet to report Standard Gravity and temperature. It makes use of a novel concept to track your gravity. It has a digital inclinometer on board, which measures how much it’s “tilt”-ed . The weight of the device makes it want to sink in your beer, and buoyancy of the cylinder counteracts it. The thicker your wort is, the Tilt doesn’t sink as much and as a result has a greater tilt. As your fermentation progresses and the gravity drops, the buoyancy decreases and Tilt sinks lower and becomes more vertical. The circuitry measuring the angle does some calculations and outputs the angle as a gravity measurement.

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The Brew Perfect Classic WiFi Hydrometer – $59.99 + Free Shipping, Save $140

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.”

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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

As of this posting, MoreBeer has this marked down a whopping $140 to $59.99. Shipping is free with a qualifying $59 order to many US addresses. Price, promotions 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 the product page.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

The Brew Perfect™ Classic FE630

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Indoor-Outdoor Wireless Wifi Control Outlet – Alexa & Google Home

Oittm Outdoor Wi-Fi Outlet, Smart Plug Socket w/Energy Monitoring Wireless Remote Control/Timer by Smart Phone, Works with Alexa, Google Home, Weatherproof for Indoor and Outdoor Use

Oittm Outdoor Wi-Fi Outlet, Smart Plug Socket w/Energy Monitoring Wireless Remote Control/Timer by Smart Phone, Works with Alexa, Google Home, Weatherproof for Indoor and Outdoor Use

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  • [Voice Control Your Home] Using “Smart Life” skill in Alexa App for voice control, letting you control appliances without picking up phone.
  • [Energy Monitoring] Allowing you to monitor real-time and historical power consumption for your connected device through the App. Efficiently conserve energy and save money.
  • [APP Remote Control] Wirelessly control your appliance with your smartphone from anywhere, at any time. Provide multiple recurring timers to automate your home based on your daily schedule and preferences.
  • [Simple Setup for Outdoor Use] Connect with home Wi-Fi without hub required. Ideal for hard-to-reach seasonal and landscape lighting, porch light, fountains, pumps and other indoor and outdoor plug-in appliances.
  • [2-Year Warranty] Features weather and impact resistant housing withstands damp or wet conditions. With ABS fireproof material and splash-proof design, safe to leave outdoors. 2-year warranty with free technical support.

 

Possible homebrew uses – control brewing pump, turn on and off carboy washer [review] turn on and off your draft cleaning pump – See: Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump.  Always be cautious when using your brewing pump with hot liquids and always read and follow manufacturer’s specifications and directions.

Oittm Outdoor Wi-Fi Outlet, Smart Plug Socket w/Energy Monitoring Wireless Remote Control/Timer by Smart Phone, Works with Alexa, Google Home, Weatherproof for Indoor and Outdoor Use


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

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Indoor-Outdoor Wireless Wifi Control Outlet – Alexa & Google Home

Oittm Outdoor Wi-Fi Outlet, Smart Plug Socket w/Energy Monitoring Wireless Remote Control/Timer by Smart Phone, Works with Alexa, Google Home, Weatherproof for Indoor and Outdoor Use

Oittm Outdoor Wi-Fi Outlet, Smart Plug Socket w/Energy Monitoring Wireless Remote Control/Timer by Smart Phone, Works with Alexa, Google Home, Weatherproof for Indoor and Outdoor Use

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

  • [Voice Control Your Home] Using “Smart Life” skill in Alexa App for voice control, letting you control appliances without picking up phone.
  • [Energy Monitoring] Allowing you to monitor real-time and historical power consumption for your connected device through the App. Efficiently conserve energy and save money.
  • [APP Remote Control] Wirelessly control your appliance with your smartphone from anywhere, at any time. Provide multiple recurring timers to automate your home based on your daily schedule and preferences.
  • [Simple Setup for Outdoor Use] Connect with home Wi-Fi without hub required. Ideal for hard-to-reach seasonal and landscape lighting, porch light, fountains, pumps and other indoor and outdoor plug-in appliances.
  • [2-Year Warranty] Features weather and impact resistant housing withstands damp or wet conditions. With ABS fireproof material and splash-proof design, safe to leave outdoors. 2-year warranty with free technical support.

 

Possible homebrew uses – control brewing pump, turn on and off carboy washer [review] turn on and off your draft cleaning pump – See: Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump.  Always be cautious when using your brewing pump with hot liquids and always read and follow manufacturer’s specifications and directions.

Oittm Outdoor Wi-Fi Outlet, Smart Plug Socket w/Energy Monitoring Wireless Remote Control/Timer by Smart Phone, Works with Alexa, Google Home, Weatherproof for Indoor and Outdoor Use


Also Consider: MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, 2 Step ON/OFF(Continuous Running)

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Indoor-Outdoor Wireless Wifi Control Outlet – Alexa & Google Home

Oittm Outdoor Wi-Fi Outlet, Smart Plug Socket w/Energy Monitoring Wireless Remote Control/Timer by Smart Phone, Works with Alexa, Google Home, Weatherproof for Indoor and Outdoor Use

Oittm Outdoor Wi-Fi Outlet, Smart Plug Socket w/Energy Monitoring Wireless Remote Control/Timer by Smart Phone, Works with Alexa, Google Home, Weatherproof for Indoor and Outdoor Use

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

  • [Voice Control Your Home] Using “Smart Life” skill in Alexa App for voice control, letting you control appliances without picking up phone.
  • [Energy Monitoring] Allowing you to monitor real-time and historical power consumption for your connected device through the App. Efficiently conserve energy and save money.
  • [APP Remote Control] Wirelessly control your appliance with your smartphone from anywhere, at any time. Provide multiple recurring timers to automate your home based on your daily schedule and preferences.
  • [Simple Setup for Outdoor Use] Connect with home Wi-Fi without hub required. Ideal for hard-to-reach seasonal and landscape lighting, porch light, fountains, pumps and other indoor and outdoor plug-in appliances.
  • [2-Year Warranty] Features weather and impact resistant housing withstands damp or wet conditions. With ABS fireproof material and splash-proof design, safe to leave outdoors. 2-year warranty with free technical support.

 

Possible homebrew uses – control brewing pump, turn on and off carboy washer [review] turn on and off your draft cleaning pump – See: Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump.  Always be cautious when using your brewing pump with hot liquids and always read and follow manufacturer’s specifications and directions.

Oittm Outdoor Wi-Fi Outlet, Smart Plug Socket w/Energy Monitoring Wireless Remote Control/Timer by Smart Phone, Works with Alexa, Google Home, Weatherproof for Indoor and Outdoor Use


Also Consider: MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, 2 Step ON/OFF(Continuous Running)

More: Recent Amazon Finds

Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Outdoor IP44 Rated Waterproof Wireless Wifi Control Outlet – Alexa & Google Home Compatible

Criacr Grounded Outdoor Smart Plug, IP44 Waterproof Socket with Switches Lights& Outlet Timer, Work with Alexa & Google,Wireless Remote Control/Timer by Smartphone, Only Support 2.4GHz Wi-Fi,2 Socket

Criacr Grounded Outdoor Smart Plug, IP44 Waterproof Socket.  Supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi.

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

  • 【2-Outlets High Power 】1 in 2 out,No Hub Required, Outdoor Wireless Remote Control Outlet, Smart wireless Outlet plug with Dual AC outlets design control 2 appliances seperately.Remoting control devices by free APP at anywhere.
  • 【Voice Control】Grounded Electrical Outlet Work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home through voice control.You can be remote controlled by smartphone app,Wi-Fi enabled.Connectivity:IP/Network-2.4GHz Wireless.
  • 【Weatherproof & Durable】Switch Smart Outlet made of IP44 waterproof & ABS+ PC fireproof material,waterproof smart plug with splash-proof design can withstand indoor and outdoor humid environments.Great for lighting, kitchen supplies, garden equipment, and other indoor and outdoor plug-in appliances. ect.
  • 【High Power & Timing】 The rated power of smart outlet is 1875W 15A 125V AC, and working voltage is AC 90-250V. It is suitable for household electrical appliances. Plus, it has timing function which allows you to make a schedule and it can conserve energy and save your time efficiently.
  • 【Safety and Warranty Gaurantee】WiFi Smart Outdoor Plug Certified by ETL certification and FCC certification.Comes with 12-Month Replacement Warranty & one year limited warranty.

 

Possible homebrew uses – control brewing pump, turn on and off carboy washer [review] turn on and off your draft cleaning pump – See: Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump.  Always be cautious when using your brewing pump with hot liquids and always read and follow manufacturer’s specifications and directions.

Criacr Grounded Outdoor Smart Plug, IP44 Waterproof Socket with Switches Lights& Outlet Timer, Work with Alexa & Google,Wireless Remote Control/Timer by Smartphone, Only Support 2.4GHz Wi-Fi,2 Socket


Also Consider: MLCS 9089 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, 2 Step ON/OFF(Continuous Running)

More: Recent Amazon Finds

Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

PLAATO Airlock – WiFi Fermentation Analyzer for Homebrewing

PLAATO Airlock - WiFi Fermentation Analyzer for Homebrewing

PLAATO Airlock – WiFi Fermentation Analyzer for Homebrewing


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

  • FERMENTATION ANALYZER. Plaato is the world’s first non-invasive fermentation analyzer.
  • WIFI-CONNECTED. Get access to the fermentation straight on your phone from wherever you are.
  • MEASURES: Specific Gravity + Fermentation Activity + Alcohol Content + Temperature
  • UNIQUE BATCH REPORTS. From every batch a unique batch report will be generated. Helps you keep track of your work and progress.
  • RED DOT AWARD WINNER 2018. “The technically and aesthetically sophisticated design of Plaato brings the airlock traditionally used in beer brewing into the digital age”. – The Red-Dot Jury.

PLAATO Airlock – WiFi Fermentation Analyzer for Homebrewing


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TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer – now available at High Gravity Fermentation Supplies

TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer via High Gravity Fermentation Supplies


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

Designed for home brewing, the Tilt hydrometer 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 Tilt’s free Google Sheets template or other 3rd party cloud platforms. See the App section for more detail.

Tilt’s goal is to help home brewers brew better beer. The Tilt hydrometer allows you to check the specific gravity and temperature of your beer while it’s fermenting, without ever having to open your fermenter or pour out any of your precious brew. This makes brewing more consistent and easy to track.

Here are some of the new features of the Tilt:

  • Range: Better reception and range. With the increased transmission power your Tilt will send data through larger, thicker-walled fermenters.
  • Precision: Upgraded sensors. With an improved temperature sensor and accelerometer your Tilt will operate with more precision.
  • Efficiency: We’ve reduced power consumption so more brews, less battery.
  • New Look: Newly designed custom circuit board and harness.

If using multiple Tilt hydrometers for different batches of fermenting beer you must use a different color for each batch. The app will not read multiple hydrometers of the same color.

Each Tilt comes calibrated and ready to go with a pre-installed battery that lasts 12-24 months depending on usage. Just download the free app, sanitize your Tilt, drop in your fermenter, and start taking readings with your phone, tablet, or Tilt Pi.

The specific gravity is accurate +/- 0.002 within the Tilt’s range of 0.990 to 1.120. The thermometer is accurate +/- 1 degree F (+/- 0.5 degree C).


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