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Old 09-28-2009, 03:57 AM   #1
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Default Did any one else buy some Brew Balls @ GABF?

I did. $20 for the set. Impulse buy but sounds pretty cool

http://www.brewballstore.com/


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Old 09-28-2009, 04:02 AM   #2
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those look really interesting, i had never heard of them before. I guess its a convenience thing for those that don't like siphoning off to use their hydrometer.


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Question here, If you have a blow off tube...What prevents a ball getting stuck at the neck of the carboy?

Just a thought....
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Kinda cool, but a little pricey...For $10 more you can buy a refractometer which is a lot more useful. If these were 9.99 or less it would be more tempting,
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like I said it was an impulse buy. I think a good refractometer is $60 and a is not an item that is high on my list of things to have at the moment. I do not like that it does not go past 1.055. Still a neat lil novelty.
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Question here, If you have a blow off tube...What prevents a ball getting stuck at the neck of the carboy?

Just a thought....
well I would use a 1/2" or is it 3/8" tubing and the base of a 3 piece airlock. It was my makeshift blow off tube. A few drops of Fermcap can also prevent an explosive fermentation.
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Question here, If you have a blow off tube...What prevents a ball getting stuck at the neck of the carboy?

Just a thought....
I dont think that the balls are going to rise with the krausen, but I could be wrong. I would be inclined to say that the krausen is not strong enough to support the weight of the ball.
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like I said it was an impulse buy. I think a good refractometer is $60 and a is not an item that is high on my list of things to have at the moment. I do not like that it does not go past 1.055. Still a neat lil novelty.
I think an excellent refractometer can be had for half of that. Don't sweat it. I am always willing to give something a try if it's not too expensive.
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I have tree to four fermenters going at the same time . So 80$ for four sets I'll stick with the refractometer and hydrometer.


Edit: didn't want to sound like an ass they look like an interesting concept . But they don't fit into my brewing.
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In theory they sound like a neat idea, but with the krausen activity and the much dried gunk is left on the carboy walls after it settles I'd never see the balls.


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