Micromatic SmartStrip Review - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Micromatic SmartStrip Review
Sign-up To NEW HBT Article Newsletter - Brewing Articles Direct To You!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-24-2009, 05:42 PM   #1
underwaterdan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 323
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Micromatic SmartStrip Review

Okay so like most of us keggers I was looking for a simple way to see just how much was left in my keg. So I saw these SmartStrips and for 2 bucks I figured why not.
The strips are okay. This is the deal, the stick pretty well, I put them on dry warm kegs and moisture laden cold kegs, and both times they attached and stayed attached with no problem. They are supposedly removable, I don't intend to do that, however it appears that claim is true. The temperature feature is just ok, but I don't really care because I have a thermometer in the fridge already. Finally the reason I wanted them, to take a quick look in the fridge and see how much is left in each keg... To start they actually do work, it will tell you how much is left in each keg, the neg part is for that to work you have to run a warm rag over the gauge on each keg each time you want to see the beer levels. I have mine in a stand up fridge so it isn't too hard to do, but kinda annoying. If you were in a chest freezer, I can see this to be nearly impossible without moving a bunch of stuff.
Okay there is my way to long review of this $2 item.


underwaterdan is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2009, 06:09 PM   #2
Evan!
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Evan!'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 11,821
Liked 86 Times on 71 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

those look pretty nice. I wouldn't mind having some...thanks for the review!


__________________
MOSS HOLLOW BREWING CO.
Aristocratic Ales, Lascivious Lagers


.planned:
•Scottish 80/- •Sweet Stout •Roggenbier
.primary | bright:
98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)
Evan! is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2009, 10:41 PM   #3
Hammy71
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Hammy71's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: , Maryland, The Tax Me State
Posts: 5,861
Liked 517 Times on 393 Posts
Likes Given: 806

Default

I've had them for several months. Mine work fine without 'whipping them down' everytime... They seem to be pretty accurate too... Great product IMHO.
Hammy71 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2009, 10:49 PM   #4
Whut
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
 
Whut's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Peoria, AZ
Posts: 9,060
Liked 1778 Times on 1646 Posts
Likes Given: 8757

Default

Thanks for the write up. I've seen them but never heard (read) anything anyone had to say about them. Next time I order from MM I'll have to get a couple.
__________________
May Whut see him safely through the Pearly Gates half an hour before Crash knows he's dead. - hunter_la5
Whut is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2009, 10:49 PM   #5
LooyvilleLarry
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Louisville,KY
Posts: 961
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Thanks for the review - those were on my (neverending) list to try.
__________________
Primary
Orange Cascade Pale Ale -

Secondary

Kegged
BeeCave Haus Ale - 6%
Bells Two Hearted, round 2- 6.1%
SNPA Clone (Chilled )
Hard Lemonade

Shiraz - 6 gal
LooyvilleLarry is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2009, 02:54 AM   #6
RogerMcAllen
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Decatur, IL
Posts: 606
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Default

I love mine.

The best part is that they work in reverse, run an icecube down the strip on a room temp keg and it will turn red down to the beer line. I can't always fit all of my kegs in the fridge, so it is nice to see how full things are.
RogerMcAllen is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2009, 03:10 AM   #7
homebrewer_99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,781
Liked 123 Times on 95 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I have a magnetic one for my propane tank...
__________________
HB Bill
homebrewer_99 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2009, 06:23 AM   #8
wildwest450
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 8,969
Liked 172 Times on 157 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

I have those, but there near impossible to read in a keezer, unless you have the space to stick your head half way down there. I just got used to the lifting method. If you lift them straight up enough times you know how much is left.


wildwest450 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale - MicroMatic Sanke Keg Tap - $20 + shipping chrisrush For Sale 1 09-15-2009 02:22 AM
Is MicroMatic beer line really better than B3????? B-Dub Bottling/Kegging 4 11-03-2008 03:52 PM
Micromatic Creamer Faucet - ANyone use it? GreenwoodRover Bottling/Kegging 1 08-23-2008 01:15 PM
Micromatic Regulators discgolfin Bottling/Kegging 9 03-12-2008 05:30 PM
SmartStrip NUCC98 Equipment/Sanitation 4 01-17-2007 06:40 PM


Forum Jump