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Hands on Review: Brewfather App – Recipe Formulation, Calculators & Brew Day Tools

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.

Brewfather App

Depending on your brewing personality, you might take notes on paper, do no recipe calculations at all, or use brewing software. I started using BeerSmith when I moved to all-grain brewing, since there were more variables to control when making a recipe and more process steps to keep track of. I’ve been using BeerSmith 2 for the past 5 years, and that’s established my baseline expectations of brewing software. That’s the perspective used when I evaluated the Brewfather software.


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15% Off Almost Everything at High Gravity Homebrew for Father’s Day!

For a short time High Gravity Fermentation Supply is discounting most things sitewide by 15%.  This is a rare across the board sale.  Applies to nearly everything with a some exceptions.  Note: Discount is applied automatically at checkout, no coupon code is required.

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Save 15% on TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer! + Review and Brewfather Integration

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For a short time High Gravity Fermentation Supply is discounting most things sitewide by 15%.  This is a rare across the board sale.  Applies to nearly everything with a some exceptions.  Note: Discount is applied automatically at checkout, no coupon code is required.

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Hands on Review: Kegtron Smart Keg Monitor

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.

Kegtron Smart Keg Monitor

Let’s face it, some homebrew gear is purely a luxury item. You’ll hear people ask, “Yeah, but how does that make your beer better?” Sometimes you can rationalize your flashy gear because it allows your brew process to be more repeatable, or take less time. Kegtron doesn’t make your beer taste better, it doesn’t improve your brew process, and it doesn’t make your brew day faster. But it’s something more than just brewery bling.

When I first saw the Kegtron keg monitor, it seemed just like a silly way to part homebrewers from their money. It looked cool, but it definitely didn’t seem like something I’d get excited about. And then I tried it.

Kegtron sells 2 models. One for a single tap, one for a dual. The measurement is done by some fancy digital flow meters inside the housing of the unit. There is a circuit board that keeps track of how much beer goes through the flow meters and stores that data on the board. It also has a Bluetooth transmitter that broadcasts this information to an app on your phone/tablet that you’ve paired through the app.

Since the flow meters just keep track of how much beer goes past them, you have to enter into the app how much beer you start with. You hook up your keg, tell it how many gallons are in it, and it tracks from there, deducting beers each time it measures 12 ounces has gone by. It’s customizable, so if you want to count beers by the pint (U.S. or Imperial) instead of 12 oz. bottle, you can do that. The display on the app tells you how many “drinks” are left in the keg. And since you also input to the app what size your keg is (2.5 gallon, 5 gallon, 1/2 barrel, etc.), along with telling you how many beers are left, it has a colorful graphic to show what percentage of your keg is left.

In the app, you can name each of your beers, so if you have more than one Kegtron tap being monitored, they all show up on your screen and you can keep track of each beer with its own space on your display. Since the data is stored on the Kegtron unit itself, and it uses Bluetooth to communicate to your app, if you leave the house and get out of Bluetooth range, you don’t see your beer lists. So it’s intended to be a display at home next to your kegerator, or on your phone so you can direct your underlings to run downstairs and fetch you what you want from the comfort of your couch.


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Kegtron provided me a single-tap unit to try out and review at home. I saw it on display at Homebrew Con in Portland, displaying a club’s list of taps and their various stages of keg emptiness. I wasn’t sure that in a less busy setting it would provide the same value. What I found was it got me excited about what I had on tap (like I needed help). It was cool watching it accurately count down the drinks with each glass filled. I have a 4-tap keezer, and I found myself gravitating to whatever I had on the tap with the Kegtron just because it was fun. After a couple weeks I found myself wanting it on all of my taps. It was just so cool, and suddenly seemingly useful to know exactly how much beer was left in each tap. I was a convert.

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TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer – you pick the color – $135 + Free Shipping & Free Spare Battery + Hands on Review

V3 TILT™ Bluetooth Hydrometer & Thermometer FREE Spare Battery Pick Color

V3 TILT™ Bluetooth Hydrometer & Thermometer FREE Spare Battery Pick Color

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FREE spare battery with every TILT you buy!!! And FREE SHIPPING.

If you want a specific color and it shows out of stock, email me and I can get it for you.

We are shipping the new and most updated version with the single cap.

Designed for home brewing, the 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 detail.

Our goal is to help homebrewers 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. 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).

Download the free Tilt app at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.


 

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Speidel GÄRSPUNDmobil Fermentation Monitor – $159.99, Save $40 + Hands on Speidel Fermenter Review

Speidel GÄRSPUNDmobil Fermentation Monitor

Speidel GÄRSPUNDmobil Fermentation Monitor from MoreBeer

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Monitor and track your fermentation from your computer or phone with Speidel’s new Garspundmobil. The monitor sits on your Speidel airlock and measures temperature and counts the number of bubbles coming from your fermentation. It uses this information to show you how active your fermentation is and estimate the gravity.

Features:

  • Measures fermentation activity by counting the number of bubbles passing through your airlock
  • Measures temperature of your fermentation
  • Sends this information to MySpeidel wirelessly
  • Uses network standard: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Device’s status is shown through a light inside the unit
  • USB cable included

 

This is marked down a whopping $40 to $159.99.

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Speidel GÄRSPUNDmobil Fermentation Monitor FE750

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Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer – new updates

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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Announcing: The PLAATO Keg Management System!

PLAATO Keg - Keg Management System KEG913

PLAATO Keg – Keg Management System from MoreBeer!

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PLAATO Keg is the first all-in-one system that keeps a track of what’s happening with your kegs so you can better manage your draft system. Check in on how much beer is left in each keg, get real time measurements of every pour, and receive push notifications if Plaato Keg detects something out of sorts.

PLAATO Keg uses three synchronized, high-quality load-cells that measures the keg-weight every 0.1 second, sending real-time data of your kegs directly to your smartphone using WiFi. Made from impact resistant polycarbonate body, which can withstand even the roughest environments.

  • WiFi Connectivity
  • iOS & Android app
  • Measure the level of beer inside the tank and real time pouring status

Know How Much You Have
The new Plaato Keg knows exactly how much beer is left in all of your kegs. Highly accurate load-cells keep track of the good stuff, and yes, the beer’s gravity is accounted for in the calculations.

See How Much You Pour
Plaato Keg shows you pouring in real-time, and notifies you whenever a beer is being poured from your keg.

Get Notified When Your Thermostat Goes Wild
With the built-in temperature sensor and WiFi-connection, you can remotely monitor your kegerator. By enabling push-notifications, you will get notified is something is wrong, such as an opened door or a thermostat running wild.

Built-in Leak Detection
Get notification in the app if liquid is detected. Plaato Keg is internet-connected, so you will get the notification wherever you are.

Waterproof
Fully waterproof enclosure ensures operation even in the toughest of environments.

Connect All Your Kegs
Add an unlimited number of kegs to the same account.

Industry Standard Accuracy
High-quality, full-bridge load-cells makes the PLAATO Keg highly accurate, even on the smallest pours (and on the bigger ones).

Share Access to Your Inventory
Keep your friends included and grant them access to your account, so they can remind you to brew another batch when you’re running low. (Even though that might be annoying.)

Plug & Play Setup
Once you start kegging, there’s no going back! We know the drill. You start out happy enough to have a single keg, then suddenly you find yourself with seven kegs. That is why Plaato Keg was designed to be easy to install.

Get Full Control
Batch-specific details, real-time measurements and kegerator dashboard. The free PLAATO-app lets you have all your kegs in the same place. Each keg has its own dashboard, letting you type in batch-specific data, including Last Pour Size, Batch Name, Kegging Date, OG & FG. The app automatically calculates ABV% and the volume of beer in the keg based on the Final Gravity, and you can choose between Metric or US Customary units.

CO2 Mode
Enable CO2-mode in the Plaato-app, and turn one of your keg devices into your CO2 tank monitor, checking the remaining level of gas in real-time. Use it to have control over the remaining level of CO2 to make sure you have enough for the upcoming brew day, or use it to detect a CO2-leak from your system.

Specifications:

  • Super Slim and Sleek Design
  • Keg Volume: 0-14 Gal / 0-60 L
  • Resolution: 0.33 oz / 10 ml
  • Update Frequency: 10 hz
  • WiFi Connectivity
  • Free iOS and Andriod app
  • USB-powered (cable included)
  • 3x High-quality full-bridge load cells
  • Impact resistent polycarbonate body
  • Waterproof

Functions:

  • Keg Volume Measurement
  • Last Pour Size
  • Ambeint temperature measurements
  • CO2-tank mode
  • Historical data
  • Optional User Input: beer type, kegging date, OG & FG, ABV%
  • Real time push notifications

 

PLAATO Keg – Keg Management System

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