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Old 12-17-2011, 12:13 PM   #21
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I'm a K.I.S.S. kinda brewer, so I have to go with the previously mentioned Thermapen. People who are struggling with their fifth or sixth cheap thermometer have no idea what they're missing.

Second place winner is a tie: Vinator or Fermtech autosiphon.
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:18 PM   #22
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I love my all electric single vessel system but I wouldnt call it a "gadget"

So I guess my favorite "gadget" for my brewery is my refractometer.
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:57 PM   #23
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Which digital refractometer do y'all recommend?

 
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:51 PM   #24
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I am going to go with my PWM circuit.... why because it is great, it controls my electric boil kettle, and i got to DIY it!

realistically its part of my control panel so i dont know if that counts, if it dosent then it would be the auto siphon, or little giant pump.

 
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:09 PM   #25
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Which digital refractometer do y'all recommend?
Never seen a digital one for home brewing but we have a Fischer at work that I couldn't afford if I wanted to.

This is the one I bought and I think it is the same as most people sell

0~32% Brix Wort SG Refractometer Sugar Wine Beer Fruit | eBay
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:15 PM   #26
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:16 PM   #27
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I actually *do* have a digital refractometer. Bought it several months ago and I love it . I'd probably say it's my favorite gadget at the moment, too.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002NX0WHS

It's not cheap, but it's far from unaffordable.

 
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:19 PM   #28
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:45 PM   #29
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pH meter.
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:10 AM   #30
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Which digital refractometer do y'all recommend?
I use this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Hanna-Instrume...4360954&sr=1-1

Hanna Instruments HI 96811 Digital Brix Refractometer for Professional Wine Analysis $144.65

I started out comparing it at every step of the way with a hydrometer that I'd calibrated (offset against pure water) and it was always right on. I use it to track my fermentations and it makes brewing that much more nerdy. Very handy for upstream use too.
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