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Old 01-03-2007, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default Brewometer... Any idea/feedback on this?

Sure would be nice to eliminate the sample procedure and have some sort of probe sensor instead so that realtime readings could be taken.

http://www.newellinstruments.com/pro...rewometer.html


Somebody in the Urbana are needs to get a in-person demo or something.

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Old 01-03-2007, 10:14 PM   #2
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That is pretty kick ass.

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This looks awesome! A probe sensor would certainly be a welcome addition, but those of us with spigots on our fermenters will have a pretty easy time getting the required samples. Thanks for the link!

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I'm kind of sceptical, though, since there's not a good pic of it or a pdf manual.

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Neat, but wow that's pricey. Although I suppose over the loooOOOooong haul, you're saving gallons of beer in samples.

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Bump!

SWMBO is thinking about buying me the Brewometer for my 30th...

Anybody have one of these? How's it working for you?

Also, for the geeks among us, what components do you suppose they're using? I'd love to build a DIY version, but I have no idea how digital refractometers work.

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hmm... well you do like your toys so I can see the appeal. I just bought a hand held refractometer and use the online calculator to adjust for final gravity alcohol. You do realize you still need to get a sample with one of the dropper thingies right? Anyhow... they have the refractometers on ebay for about 30 bucks still you should at least get one of those and some personal attention from SWMBO for the money she'll save.

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Anyhow... they have the refractometers on ebay for about 30 bucks
If I'm going to manually read a refractometer, I'd rather just use a hydrometer. Pulling samples is no problem with any of my fermenter setups.

However, if I can use a small sample size to track my brew progress on the computer, I'm definitely interested. Like I said, I'd rather build a DIY version, but I'm not sure what kind of sensor(s) are used in digital refractometers. I think I could reverse engineer the Brewometer enough to build my own interface and/or build my own digital sensor to incorporate into my already functioning brew monitor software.
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First Thought would be to make a digital image through a refractometer and make a program to interpet the image...

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...roducts_id=637

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However, if I can use a small sample size to track my brew progress on the computer, I'm definitely interested. Like I said, I'd rather build a DIY version, but I'm not sure what kind of sensor(s) are used in digital refractometers. I think I could reverse engineer the Brewometer enough to build my own interface and/or build my own digital sensor to incorporate into my already functioning brew monitor software.
hmm... unfortunately I think it would be way easier to use the brewmometer and use the input then. So... In a way thats likely good news... buy away!
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