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Old 07-23-2011, 04:10 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a ph meter? There are so many different options online and I want to be sure I get one that will last and work well for me.

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Old 07-23-2011, 07:33 PM   #2
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I bought a hanna instruments pH meter HI98103B off of Amazon and used it last week for the first time. Multiple readings were repeatable and price was right ~$39.

 
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:36 PM   #3
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Again why bother. Once you have figured out your water and mash technique your pH will be right, no need to obsess over it. Just use some cheap pH strips for the first few batches until your technique gets firmed up. Then ignore the pH.
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:48 PM   #4
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Again why bother. Once you have figured out your water and mash technique your pH will be right, no need to obsess over it. Just use some cheap pH strips for the first few batches until your technique gets firmed up. Then ignore the pH.
This is poor advice
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:23 AM   #5
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Again why bother. Once you have figured out your water and mash technique your pH will be right, no need to obsess over it. Just use some cheap pH strips for the first few batches until your technique gets firmed up. Then ignore the pH.
Well, some places water chemistry and sources are changed multiple times a yea. Plus not too sure how well your ph strips work for you, they give you a very broad range. I honestly would get the cheapest possible(with in reason),even the expensive ones have to have the "probe"(not sure what they call it) replaced ever so often.
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:51 PM   #6
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Bad Advice??

How so.?

I know from repeat testing that with my water (plus HCl and Gypsum) my mash pH will be +- 5.2.

So once your system is dialed in why would you want to continue to measure pH?

Maxkling: Really, your city changes it's water supply through the year! How and Why??
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:36 PM   #7
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I forgot the model of the Hanna meter I got but I love it. It's the more expensive one on Amazon (~$100) but the key is that it goes out two decimal places (5.00). This is important due to the narrow pH range we care about and the uncertainty with the final decimal place. Spend the extra money now, you won't regret it.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:26 PM   #8
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Maxkling: Really, your city changes it's water supply through the year! How and Why??
Believe it or don't, municipal sources can change seasonally or just as drought cycles go. A couple months ago, I had a mash unexpectedly land at 5.9 before correction, and the resulting beer presented a lot more chalkiness than I was used to -- the previous batch had no such minerality issues.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:10 PM   #9
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Reservoir water will change seasonally.

 
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:17 AM   #10
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Woh!

I am glad I live where my water doesn't change much year to year.

Otherwise that would be to much like work. Imagine calling the water department every time you did a brew.

Or worse using bottle (untested) water.
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