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Kegtron – Smart Keg Monitor System – Track keg levels from your phone! + 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


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

  • 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

Learn More!  Hands on Review: Kegtron Smart Keg Monitor

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

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Kegtron – Smart Keg Monitor System – Track keg levels from your phone! + 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


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

  • 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

Learn More!  Hands on Review: Kegtron Smart Keg Monitor

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds

Our Top Draft Resources

 

More: Recent Amazon Finds

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 Smart Keg Monitor – Dual Tap Expansion Unit | Track Your Keg Levels From Your Phone | Upgrade Your Taps – via Amazon, multiple versions available


Hands on Review

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 – $130, w/fb like + Free Shipping & Hands on Review

Version 3 TILT™ Bluetooth HYDROMETER AND THERMOMETER w FREE Spare Battery - BeerTILT Bluetooth Hydrometer via eBay Seller Lion Brewing Solutions


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

Tilt has completed several design updates and we are currently shipping the new single cap Tilt. Order yours today. Satisfaction guaranteed

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 information.

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 including all stainless steel conicals and buckets.
  • 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.

Also: Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer!

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $135.  Shipping is also free to select addresses. Prices, shipping 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 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.

Version 3 TILT™ Bluetooth HYDROMETER AND THERMOMETER w FREE Spare Battery – Beer

Stacking Promo: As of this posting, Lion Brewing Solutions is giving you $5 off any $50 order when you like their Facebook page, while you’re at it… connect with HBF on Facebook.  Just like the page and enter a note at checkout saying “I liked your Facebook page, I’ll take my $5 off $50” along with your name on Facebook.  Lion Brewing Solutions will confirm you like their page and refund you $5 from your $50+ purchase.  Limited to one use per Facebook account.  It’s worth noting that this applies to everything.  Even items and lines that are not typically discounted.

$5 Off $50 at Lion Brewing Solutions – with FB like

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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)

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.

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

More Info

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.

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

More Info

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.

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

More Info

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.

TILT Bluetooth Hydrometer – $114.75 via eBay Flash Sale + Free Shipping & Hands on Review

Version 3 TILT™ Bluetooth HYDROMETER AND THERMOMETER w FREE Spare Battery - BeerTILT Bluetooth Hydrometer via eBay Seller Lion Brewing Solutions

More Info

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

Tilt has completed several design updates and we are currently shipping the new single cap Tilt. Order yours today. Satisfaction guaranteed

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 information.

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 including all stainless steel conicals and buckets.
  • 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.

 

Also: Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer!

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $135.  Shipping is also free to select addresses.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stacking Flash Sale: As of this posting eBay is discounting most things by 15% when you use coupon code PSAVETODAY and use the eBay app to make your purchase.  Maximum discount is capped at $100 and you can only use this coupon one time per eBay account.  You can add multiple items to your cart.  Check out my post on this sale for application ideas.  This discount makes this just $114.75.  Check the offering page for current availability.

Version 3 TILT™ Bluetooth HYDROMETER AND THERMOMETER w FREE Spare Battery – Beer

Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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