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Hands on Review: Brewfather App + 25% Off via Black Friday Deal!

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.


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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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PLAATO KEG – The All-In-One Kegging Scale

PLAATO Keg is the first all-in-one WiFi-enabled system that keeps 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 like leaky faucets. The best part nothing touches the beer, no extra cleaning or concerns about cross over contaminations from the last batch.

The PLAATO Keg measures exactly how much is left in your kegerators so that you always know how much you have left. 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. Skip the “shake and guess” method. Be in control.

Features:

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 keeps track of the good stuff, and yes the beer’s gravity is included in the calculations.

Never tap out!
PLAATO Keg shows you pouring in real-time, and notifies you whenever a beer is being poured from your keg.

Connect all your kegs.
Allows for unlimited kegs per account. You’ll need one PLAATO Keg for every keg that you want to monitor.

Full Control and Monitoring of your Kegerator or Keezer from anywhere!
Always know the status of your kegs – no matter where you are. The PLAATO Keg
sends real-time data of your kegs directly to your smartphone using WiFi. 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.

Plug and Play Setup.
Easy to follow step by step instruction right on your phone with the PLAATO app. 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.

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

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

Share what’s on Tap with anyone.
Keep your friends and family in the loop with what’s on tap. Though this may lead to quicker turns on the keg. Upside more brewing and more variety!

Additional Uses, Ya You Betcha there is more!

Get full control and know when your keg is full during oxygen-free closed transfer
Measure grains and ingredients up to 130lbs / 60kg
Monitor your C02 tank
Monitor your propane tank remotely when barbecuing
Works with any cornelius style keg and kegging system Northern Brewer offers and virtually any homebrew style keg on the market under 14gallons.

Functions:

Optional User Input; Beer Style, Kegging Date, OG, FG, and ABV%
Keg Volume Measurement
Pour Size
Ambient Temp Reading
Historical Data
Real-Time Data and Push Notifications
CO2 Tank Mode
App Features
The free PLAATO app lets you have all your PLAATO Kegs and PLAATO Airlocks 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
Real-Time Tap Status
The app automatically calculates the volume of beer in the keg based on the Final Gravity, and you can choose between Metric or US Customary units. Note: For the most accurate reading Northern Brewer recommends inputting both OG and FG.

Specs:

WiFi Connectivity
Note: WiFi is only compatible with 2.4Ghz networks and is NOT compatible with routers using WPA & WPA2 Enterprise security.
Free iOS/Android App
3x High-quality full-bridge load cells
Impact-resistant polycarbonate body
Waterproof
Keg Volume: 0-14 Gal / 0-60 L
Resolution: 0.33 oz / 10 ml
Super Slim and Sleek Design
USB Powered
3m magnetic USB cable – color may vary (included)
Works with any USB wall charger (not included)


 

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PLAATO Keg Management System

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

PLAATO KEG – The All-In-One Kegging Scale

PLAATO Keg is the first all-in-one WiFi-enabled system that keeps 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 like leaky faucets. The best part nothing touches the beer, no extra cleaning or concerns about cross over contaminations from the last batch.

The PLAATO Keg measures exactly how much is left in your kegerators so that you always know how much you have left. 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. Skip the “shake and guess” method. Be in control.

Features:

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 keeps track of the good stuff, and yes the beer’s gravity is included in the calculations.

Never tap out!
PLAATO Keg shows you pouring in real-time, and notifies you whenever a beer is being poured from your keg.

Connect all your kegs.
Allows for unlimited kegs per account. You’ll need one PLAATO Keg for every keg that you want to monitor.

Full Control and Monitoring of your Kegerator or Keezer from anywhere!
Always know the status of your kegs – no matter where you are. The PLAATO Keg
sends real-time data of your kegs directly to your smartphone using WiFi. 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.

Plug and Play Setup.
Easy to follow step by step instruction right on your phone with the PLAATO app. 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.

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

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

Share what’s on Tap with anyone.
Keep your friends and family in the loop with what’s on tap. Though this may lead to quicker turns on the keg. Upside more brewing and more variety!

Additional Uses, Ya You Betcha there is more!

Get full control and know when your keg is full during oxygen-free closed transfer
Measure grains and ingredients up to 130lbs / 60kg
Monitor your C02 tank
Monitor your propane tank remotely when barbecuing
Works with any cornelius style keg and kegging system Northern Brewer offers and virtually any homebrew style keg on the market under 14gallons.

Functions:

Optional User Input; Beer Style, Kegging Date, OG, FG, and ABV%
Keg Volume Measurement
Pour Size
Ambient Temp Reading
Historical Data
Real-Time Data and Push Notifications
CO2 Tank Mode
App Features
The free PLAATO app lets you have all your PLAATO Kegs and PLAATO Airlocks 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
Real-Time Tap Status
The app automatically calculates the volume of beer in the keg based on the Final Gravity, and you can choose between Metric or US Customary units. Note: For the most accurate reading Northern Brewer recommends inputting both OG and FG.

Specs:

WiFi Connectivity
Note: WiFi is only compatible with 2.4Ghz networks and is NOT compatible with routers using WPA & WPA2 Enterprise security.
Free iOS/Android App
3x High-quality full-bridge load cells
Impact-resistant polycarbonate body
Waterproof
Keg Volume: 0-14 Gal / 0-60 L
Resolution: 0.33 oz / 10 ml
Super Slim and Sleek Design
USB Powered
3m magnetic USB cable – color may vary (included)
Works with any USB wall charger (not included)


 

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Heads up… There will be a deal on this soon – 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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Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer

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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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Kegtron – Smart Keg Monitor System + Hands on Review

Kegtron Smart Keg Monitor - Single Tap | Track Your Keg Levels From Your Phone | Upgrade Your Taps

Kegtron Smart Keg Monitor – Dual Tap Expansion Unit | Track Your Keg Levels From Your Phone | Upgrade Your Taps


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  • UPGRADE YOUR TAPS – Wirelessly monitor your kegerator or taps at the bar
  • ALL ON YOUR PHONE – Monitor all of your kegs from your phone or tablet
  • STOP THE GUESSWORK – Don’t be surprised by empty kegs. Track volume served, volume remaining, servings remaining and more
  • QUICK AND EASY – Install it yourself quickly and clean-in-place with your beverage lines
  • EXPANDABLE – Add expansion monitors to grow as needed. Works with small kegerators to large bars & restaurants

Kegtron Smart Keg Monitor, monitors the beers you have on tap and let’s you know how much each keg is holding.  Works with a companion smart phone and tablet app.

Kegtron Smart Keg Monitor – Dual Tap Expansion Unit | Track Your Keg Levels From Your Phone | Upgrade Your Taps – note that this is available in multiple versions to accommodate different line counts

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Change your Tilt hydrometer’s battery with ease. The Tilt wrench is a tool for removing the cap so you can change the battery or calibrate your Tilt in water. The rubber over-mold keeps the plastic cap scratch and dent free while the handle gives you leverage to remove even the hardest to-turn caps. As a bonus, the product doubles as a bottle cap remover. Does not work with the Tilt Pro hydrometer.

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Change your Tilt hydrometer’s battery with ease. The Tilt wrench is a tool for removing the cap so you can change the battery or calibrate your Tilt in water. The rubber over-mold keeps the plastic cap scratch and dent free while the handle gives you leverage to remove even the hardest to-turn caps. As a bonus, the product doubles as a bottle cap remover. Does not work with the Tilt Pro hydrometer.

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PLAATO Airlock V3 – Wireless Hydrometer and Airlock – $108, Save 20%

PLAATO Airlock V3 - Wireless Hydrometer and Airlock

PLAATO Airlock V3 – Wireless Hydrometer and Airlock

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Gravity measurements without touching the beer!
PLAATO Airlock is a brand-new way of analyzing your ongoing fermentation. This wireless hydrometer and airlock connects to your local WiFi and sends information about your fermentation straight to your phone. You can track specific gravity, fermentation activity, alcohol percentage, and ambient temperature. And you can do so 100% non-invasively, no contact with the wort needed! By knowing the rate of CO2-release, PLAATO Airlock can estimate the Specific gravity and alcohol content of the batch. Best of all you can use it on all types of fermentation; beer, wine, cider, mead, and hard seltzers!

Monitor your batch from anywhere with the PLAATO App!
With the PLAATO App you are able to monitor the fermentation of your batch from anywhere in the world. This gives you time for other things and peace of mind knowing everything is going as it should with your batch. The same app is used to monitor both PLAATO Airlocks and PLAATO Kegs. Track your fermentation and kegerator stock level all in one place.

Features:

Real-time and historical data tracking.
During the fermentation, you have access to the essential parameters in real-time, giving you a unique insight into how different strains of yeast work, how temperature affects the rate of fermentation, and much more.

Fermentation management.
Keep track of all your fermentations in one place. Each airlock has its own dashboard, letting you type in batch-specific data. There is no limit to how many fermentations you can track simultaneously or to how many people can access the data.

Know when your beer is finished.
When the BPM (Bubbles per Minute) reaches zero, you can be absolutely sure that the beer is finished fermenting – the yeast has fully consumed the sugars – and you can with peace in mind continue with dry-hopping or cold-crashing.

Integratable to your favorite brewing software.
Get everything in the same place – and track your fermentation directly from Brewfather or other brewing platforms.

The science behind the PLAATO Airlock.
Understanding the delicate and yet versatile processes behind brewing is key to unlock its amazing potential, and produce great products with high repeatability, quality, and integrity. The release of CO2 is directly proportional to the chemical reaction rate – ie. how fast the yeast works.

By knowing the rate of CO2-release, we also know how fast alcohol is produced.
If we know the total volume of CO2 released, we also know the total amount of ethanol produced and gravity.
PLAATO Airlock measures both the rate and the total amount of CO2 generated, and is, therefore, able to measure and estimate:

Fermentation activity
Specific Gravity
We know what all you hop heads are thinking, but can I dry hop!?!
YES! No worries, you can open your fermenter and dry hop as normal. The small amount of CO2 that escapes when the lid is taken off only affects the measurements marginally.

Note: Does not include a stopper. Compatible with rubber stoppers and grommets. NOT recommended for use with small or medium universal stoppers.

Track multiple batches with additional PLAATO Airlocks!

Functions:

Measures Fermentation Activity
Temperature Sensor
Specific Gravity Calculation
Alcohol Content Calculation
100% Non-Invasive
V3 Updates:

Redesigned bubbler. The bubbler is slightly smaller than the previous versions, which allows it to expand in contact with water and remain functional for long fermentations.
Redesigned lid. The lid is flexible, which makes room for the expanding bubbler. It is optimized for extra-long fermentations.
App Features
The free PLAATO app lets you have all your PLAATO Kegs and PLAATO Airlocks in the same place. Each airlock has its own dashboard, letting you type in batch-specific data, including:

OG & FG
Fermentation Activity in BPM (Bubbles per Minute)
Temperature
ABV%
Chart with fermentation rate, gravity, and temp.
Share data with friends
Airlock Specs:

Operational Batch Size: 1-13 US Gallons
WiFi Connectivity
Note: WiFi is only compatible with 2.4Ghz networks and is NOT compatible with routers using WPA & WPA2 Enterprise security.
Free iOS/Android App
Waterproof
USB Powered
3m magnetic USB cable – color may vary (included)
Works with any USB wall charger (not included)


 

 

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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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Brewfather offers a free full feature trial.  After the trial period, you’ll still have access via a limited, non-expiring account

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