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Hands On Review: 5 Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filter by Reverse Osmosis Revolution – Dial in Your Home Brewing Water!

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Why Use a Reverse Osmosis Filter for Homebrewing?

Using RO (Reverse Osmosis) or DI (Deionized) water allows you to start with a clean slate of sorts and build your water profile from the ground up using water salts.  That allows you to take control of an important aspect of your brewing, especially if you’re an all grain brewer and create exactly the water profile you’re looking for.

Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski, part of the Brewing Elements Series, is a great read to learn lots more about brewing water and water adjustments


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Countertop Portable Universal 5-stage Reverse Osmosis RO Purification Water System with DI Deionizing Mixed Bed (close to 0 PPM) postfilter, build in USA – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Hands On Review: American Weigh AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale – 100g x 0.01g – for homebrew hops & more

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Why a Digital Gram Scale for Homebrewing?

Homebrewers are generally weighing things in two categories.  Moderately large amounts of things – like grain – and smaller amounts of things – like hops and water salts.  Although weighing both types of things involve a scale, they are really wildly different activities.

An accurate gram scale is great for weighing smaller amounts of things like hops, water salts and smaller amounts of other ingreidents.

Features to Look for in a Homebrewing Gram Scale

  • Digital readout – most scales are digital now, so this one should not be a problem
  • The Tare Feature – 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.
  • Precision – Look for a minimum of 1/10th gram precision (Example – 1.1 grams) if you’re wanting to weigh hops.  Look for a minimum of 1/100th gram precision (Example. 1.11 grams) if you’re wanting to weigh water salts.
  • Capacity – Higher precision and accuracy generally equate to lower capacity.  That’s okay, just understand what capacity you’re buying.  100 grams = about 3.52 ounces.

Hands on Review: American Weigh Model AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale

This 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.


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American Weigh Scale AWS-100 Digital Pocket Scale, 100g X 0.01g Resolution – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Camco 25′ x 5/8″ NSF Certified Reinforced Drinking Water Hose [Brew Day Water]

Camco 25ft TastePURE Drinking Water Hose - Lead and BPA Free, Reinforced for Maximum Kink Resistance 5/8"Inner Diameter (22783)

25 foot long, drinking water rated hose by Camco

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  • Made with NSF certified hose; drinking water safe
  • Reinforced for maximum kink resistance
  • 25′ long x 5/8″ID
  • Hose is made of PVC and is BPA free
  • Compliant with all federal and state level low lead laws. CSA Low Lead Content Certified to NSF/ANSI 372

 

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

You know how hose water usually tastes like… hose. 🙂  Well, whatever that is ends up in your beer.  This hose is made specifically for drinking water.  That’s a good thing for your homebrew.

Camco (22783) 25ft TastePURE Drinking Water Hose – Lead and BPA Free, Reinforced for Maximum Kink Resistance 5/8″Inner Diameter – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Digital Total Dissolved Solids [TDS] Meter – check brewing water and filter performance

TDS Meter Digital Water Tester, DUMSAMKER Professional 3-in-1 TDS, Temperature and EC Meter with Carrying Case, 0-9999ppm, Ideal ppm Meter for Drinking Water, Aquariums and More

TDS Meter with LCD Display.  TDS meters measure Total Dissolved Solids in water.

TDS meters can are helpful for brewing if you’re using a RO filter or if you purchase RO (reverse osmosis) water for brewing.  If you’re using an RO filter a TDS meter tells you how effective your filter is and can help you know if your filters need to be replaced.  If you buy RO water, a TDS meter can let you know what you’re getting as some water processors add minerals back for flavor.  A TDS meter will allow you to make sure you’re getting what you want.

RO water can be built up to reflect the exact water profile you’re looking for.  See: Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski

TDS Meter Digital Water Tester, DUMSAMKER Professional 3-in-1 TDS, Temperature and EC Meter with Carrying Case, 0-9999ppm, Ideal ppm Meter for Drinking Water, Aquariums and More – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Portable Universal 5-stage Reverse Osmosis RO Purification Water System with DI Deionizing Mixed Bed 0PPM postfilter, made in USA – [Review]

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100 GPD 5 Stage Reverse Osmosis Filter System AND Extra Filters [Dial in Your Brewing Water]

FS-TFC Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System Under Sink Water Filter 5-Stage 100 GPD Plus Extra Set of 4 Filters for Free (FS-RO-100G-A)

FS-TFC Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System Under Sink Water Filter 5-Stage 100 GPD Plus Extra Set of 4 Filters for Free (FS-RO-100G-A)

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  • Mini Size and Wall-mounted Design, System dimension: 11.5” x 5” x 11.5″,tank dimension: 10” x 10” x 14.5″.fits nicely in almost all under-sink cabinets and can be wall-mounted.
  • Perfect Filter Effect, Remove up to 99% of contaminants including arsenic, chlorine, lead, fluoride, heavy metals, bacteria, virus and 1000+ contaminants.
  • Supreme Quality – Designed – High Current Flow, Filter 18L water per hour, means you can get 1 cup (200ml) of pure, fresh and great tasting water in 5 seconds to guarantee water safety & your health under sink water filter.

 

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

FS-TFC Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System Under Sink Water Filter 5-Stage 100 GPD Plus Extra Set of 4 Filters for Free (FS-RO-100G-A) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also Consider: Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski

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Digital Scale 200 Gram Capacity x .01 Gram Resolution AND Calibration Weight

Digital Pocket Food Scale, LanSheng 200g/0.01g Mini Jewelry Scale Multifunction Precision Food Scale with Tweezers, Weight, Transparent Protective Cover and HD Backlit LCD Display (Battery Included)

Digital Pocket Food Scale, LanSheng 200g/0.01g Mini Jewelry Scale Multifunction Precision Food Scale with Tweezers, Weight, Transparent Protective Cover and HD Backlit LCD Display (Battery Included)

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  • 【New Upgrade Digital Mini Food Scale】The latest food scale use new ABS plastic shell, stainless steel scale and high precision sensor offer superior stability. The waterproof design that you can use anywhere.
  • 【6 Measurement Unit to Satisfy All You Demand】This digital pocket food scale has 6 measurement unit to meet all the food weight that you need: g, oz, ozt, dwt, ct, gn.
  • 【Longer Service Life】The food scale have a layer of mirror sticker on the surface. Water and dust will not enter the buttons and display. Can be used anywhere.
  • 【Excellent Design】Tare function makes measuring food more hygienic and easy. Automatic auto-off and adjustable shutdown time let you enjoy without worry.

 

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.

What I like about this scale… I like that this has the tare function and that it has a 1/100th gram resolution.  That means you should be able to use it for weighing hops, water salts, smaller amounts of specialty grains (200 grams is about 7 ounces) and other brewing ingredients.

Digital Pocket Food Scale, LanSheng 200g/0.01g Mini Jewelry Scale Multifunction Precision Food Scale with Tweezers, Weight, Transparent Protective Cover and HD Backlit LCD Display (Battery Included)


Also: LaMotte Water Test Kits | Recent Hop Finds | Portable Reverse Osmosis System

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100 Campden Tablets [for winemaking and clearing chlorine & chloramine]

Campden Tablets (potassium metabisulfite) - 100 Tablets

100 Campden Tablets.  Prevents Wild Yeast, Bacteria Growth, and Oxidation in Wine

Campden tablets are also used to remove chlorine and chloramine from brewing and wine making water.  See: Sodium metabisulfite to clear chloramine via BYO Magazine’s Mr Wizard column for more information. Note: This is available to subscribers onlySubscribe Here – for instant access.

E.C. Kraus Sodium Campden Tablets – 100ct


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Digital Total Dissolved Solids [TDS] Meter – check brewing water and filter performance

TDS Water Quality Tester - TDS, EC & Temperature Meter 3 in 1, 0-9999 ppm Meter, LCD Display, TDS Meter for Drinking Water Test, Coffee, Swimming Pool, Aquarium, RO/DI Water, Hydroponics

TDS Water Quality Tester – TDS, EC & Temperature Meter 3 in 1, 0-9999 ppm Meter, LCD Display, TDS Meter for Drinking Water Test, Coffee, Swimming Pool, Aquarium, RO/DI Water, Hydroponics

TDS meters can are helpful for brewing if you’re using a RO filter or if you purchase RO (reverse osmosis) water for brewing.  If you’re using an RO filter a TDS meter tells you how effective your filter is and can help you know if your filters need to be replaced.  If you buy RO water, a TDS meter can let you know what you’re getting as some water processors add minerals back for flavor.  A TDS meter will allow you to make sure you’re getting what you want.

RO water can be built up to reflect the exact water profile you’re looking for.  See: Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski

TDS Water Quality Tester – TDS, EC & Temperature Meter 3 in 1, 0-9999 ppm Meter, LCD Display, TDS Meter for Drinking Water Test, Coffee, Swimming Pool, Aquarium, RO/DI Water, Hydroponics


Also: Portable Universal 5-stage Reverse Osmosis RO Purification Water System with DI Deionizing Mixed Bed 0PPM postfilter, made in USA – [Review]

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Maxus Elite Plus Precision Scale 200 Gram Capacity x .01 Gram Resolution AND Calibration Weight

MAXUS ELITE PLUS Precision Gram Scale 200g x 0.01g + 100g Calibration Check Weight - Digital Arrow Scale Archery Scale 3086 Grain x 0.2gn Pocket Scale Jewelry Scale Herb Scale Small Scale Meds Capsule

MAXUS ELITE PLUS Precision Gram Scale 200g x 0.01g + 100g Calibration Check Weight – Digital Arrow Scale Archery Scale 3086 Grain x 0.2gn Pocket Scale Jewelry Scale Herb Scale Small Scale Meds Capsule

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  • 🎯 Accurate & Precision 🎯 Elite Plus Precision Scale offers 0.01g 0.2gn 0.05ct 0.001ozt 0.01dwt 0.001oz Accuracy and 200g Max Capacity, it comes with a 100g calibration check weight, so you can always reset the scale to its standard, make every weighing experience as accurate & precision as possible.
  • 🎯 Elegant & Durable 🎯 Elite Plus Arrow Scale is easy to use, the backlit LCD Display is easy to read, the brushed stainless steel platform is easy to clean. A great choice for measuring carbon and aluminum arrows, bolts, points, broad heads, vanes, stabilizer weights and other archery components.
  • 🎯 Compact & Portable 🎯 Elite Plus Pocket Scale can easily fit into your pocket, this multi-Function scale can be used to weigh Pet Medicines Supplements dose Tobacco Flavor Diamond Gemstone Gems Kitchen Nutrition Ingredients Food Baking stuff Spices Seasoning Herb Coffee beans
  • 🎯 Beautifully Made 🎯 ELITE Plus Jewelry Scale has a Classic look, it was made of quality materials, it provides fast and reliable reading, it’s easy to carry or store. Six weighing units available: Gram Grain Carat Pennyweight Ounce Troy Ounce

 

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.

What I like about this scale… I like that this has the tare function and that it has a 1/100th gram resolution.  That means you should be able to use it for weighing hops, water salts, smaller amounts of specialty grains (200 grams is about 7 ounces) and other brewing ingredients.  I also like that it has an included calibration weight.  That mean you can double check accuracy and re-calibrate if need be.

MAXUS ELITE PLUS Precision Gram Scale 200g x 0.01g + 100g Calibration Check Weight – Digital Arrow Scale Archery Scale 3086 Grain x 0.2gn Pocket Scale Jewelry Scale Herb Scale Small Scale Meds Capsule – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: LaMotte Water Test Kits | Recent Hop Finds | Portable Reverse Osmosis System

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Digital Total Dissolved Solids [TDS] Meter – check brewing water and filter performance

TDS Meter Digital Water Tester, DUMSAMKER Professional 3-in-1 TDS, Temperature and EC Meter with Carrying Case, 0-9999ppm, Ideal ppm Meter for Drinking Water, Aquariums and More

TDS Meter with LCD Display.  TDS meters measure Total Dissolved Solids in water.

TDS meters can are helpful for brewing if you’re using a RO filter or if you purchase RO (reverse osmosis) water for brewing.  If you’re using an RO filter a TDS meter tells you how effective your filter is and can help you know if your filters need to be replaced.  If you buy RO water, a TDS meter can let you know what you’re getting as some water processors add minerals back for flavor.  A TDS meter will allow you to make sure you’re getting what you want.

RO water can be built up to reflect the exact water profile you’re looking for.  See: Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski

TDS Meter Digital Water Tester, DUMSAMKER Professional 3-in-1 TDS, Temperature and EC Meter with Carrying Case, 0-9999ppm, Ideal ppm Meter for Drinking Water, Aquariums and More – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Portable Universal 5-stage Reverse Osmosis RO Purification Water System with DI Deionizing Mixed Bed 0PPM postfilter, made in USA – [Review]

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