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Shopping Tip: Homebrew Shop Sales Timing and Traffic Patterns

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When is the best time (price-wise) to buy something?  I would say the answer (generally speaking)… is when you don’t want it.  Winter coats are the cheapest when winter is over because nobody wants them.  Holiday decorations are drastically marked down after the holidays.  Retailers make these decisions because demand is low.

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Shopping Tip: Great Deals on Refractometers from eBay

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It’s my opinion that most of the economy, non lab grade refractometers are probably manufactured by a handful of makers.  Or at the very least, the manufacturers are producing units of similar quality.  You could easily pay $60 at one retailer and $20 for the same unit via another retailer.

For under $30, do not expect a lab or commercial grade unit.  However, I have purchased three different economy model refractometers and have been happy with each of them.

This is also a nice find for our international readers as it seems that many offerings include free or reasonable shipping to non-US addresses.

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! 🙂

With the aid of calculators – get a Free Non-Expiring Brewfather Trial Account –  Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.

eBay is, generally speaking, a good source for low cost refractometers.

Look for… Dual Scale (both brix and gravity), ATC (automatic temperature correction) and a good seller rating.  Carrying cases are also nice, but not 100% necessary.

This search – searches for buy it now, dual scale refractometer that ship for free.  If you find a specific model/seller that works well for you, leave a comment on this post or submit a tip

If you’re looking for a higher quality unit, check out Vee Gee, Milwaukee InstrumentsAtago and Misco – those links are all Amazon searches to get you started.  Verify specs and features.

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Shopping Tip: Homebrew Shop Sales Timing and Traffic Patterns

homebrew deals

When is the best time (price-wise) to buy something?  I would say the answer (generally speaking)… is when you don’t want it.  Winter coats are the cheapest when winter is over because nobody wants them.  Holiday decorations are drastically marked down after the holidays.  Retailers make these decisions because demand is low.

Continue reading

Shopping Tip: Great Deals on Refractometers from eBay

 Mouse over image to zoom Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Have one to sell? Sell now Portable Beer Wort and Wine Refractometer Dual Scale - Specific Gravity and BrixPictured: Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix

It’s my opinion that most of the economy, non lab grade refractometers are probably manufactured by a handful of makers.  Or at the very least, the manufacturers are producing units of similar quality.  You could easily pay $60 at one retailer and $20 for the same unit via another retailer.

For under $30, do not expect a lab or commercial grade unit.  However, I have purchased three different economy model refractometers and have been happy with each of them.

This is also a nice find for our international readers as it seems that many offerings include free or reasonable shipping to non-US addresses.

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! 🙂

With the aid of calculators – get a Free Non-Expiring Brewfather Trial Account –  Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.

eBay is, generally speaking, a good source for low cost refractometers.

Look for… Dual Scale (both brix and gravity), ATC (automatic temperature correction) and a good seller rating.  Carrying cases are also nice, but not 100% necessary.

This search – searches for buy it now, dual scale refractometer that ship for free.  If you find a specific model/seller that works well for you, leave a comment on this post or submit a tip

If you’re looking for a higher quality unit, check out Vee Gee, Milwaukee InstrumentsAtago and Misco – those links are all Amazon searches to get you started.  Verify specs and features.

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Shopping Tip: Great Deals on Refractometers from eBay

 Mouse over image to zoom Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Have one to sell? Sell now Portable Beer Wort and Wine Refractometer Dual Scale - Specific Gravity and BrixPictured: Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix

It’s my opinion that most of the economy, non lab grade refractometers are probably manufactured by a handful of makers.  Or at the very least, the manufacturers are producing units of similar quality.  You could easily pay $60 at one retailer and $20 for the same unit via another retailer.

For under $30, do not expect a lab or commercial grade unit.  However, I have purchased three different economy model refractometers and have been happy with each of them.

This is also a nice find for our international readers as it seems that many offerings include free or reasonable shipping to non-US addresses.

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! 🙂

With the aid of calculators – get a Free Non-Expiring Brewfather Trial Account –  Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.

eBay is, generally speaking, a good source for low cost refractometers.

Look for… Dual Scale (both brix and gravity), ATC (automatic temperature correction) and a good seller rating.  Carrying cases are also nice, but not 100% necessary.

This search – searches for buy it now, dual scale refractometer that ship for free.  If you find a specific model/seller that works well for you, leave a comment on this post or submit a tip

If you’re looking for a higher quality unit, check out Vee Gee, Milwaukee InstrumentsAtago and Misco – those links are all Amazon searches to get you started.  Verify specs and features.

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Shopping Tip: Great Deals on Refractometers from eBay

 Mouse over image to zoom Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix Have one to sell? Sell now Portable Beer Wort and Wine Refractometer Dual Scale - Specific Gravity and BrixPictured: Portable-Beer-Wort-and-Wine-Refractometer-Dual-Scale-Specific-Gravity-and-Brix

It’s my opinion that most of the economy, non lab grade refractometers are probably manufactured by a handful of makers.  Or at the very least, the manufacturers are producing units of similar quality.  You could easily pay $60 at one retailer and $20 for the same unit via another retailer.

For under $30, do not expect a lab or commercial grade unit.  However, I have purchased three different economy model refractometers and have been happy with each of them.

This is also a nice find for our international readers as it seems that many offerings include free or reasonable shipping to non-US addresses.

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! 🙂

With the aid of calculators – get a Free Non-Expiring Brewfather Trial Account –  Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.

eBay is, generally speaking, a good source for low cost refractometers.

Look for… Dual Scale (both brix and gravity), ATC (automatic temperature correction) and a good seller rating.  Carrying cases are also nice, but not 100% necessary.

This search – searches for buy it now, dual scale refractometer that ship for free.  If you find a specific model/seller that works well for you, leave a comment on this post or submit a tip

If you’re looking for a higher quality unit, check out Vee Gee, Milwaukee InstrumentsAtago and Misco – those links are all Amazon searches to get you started.  Verify specs and features.

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