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Old 04-05-2012, 03:43 AM   #1
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I'm shopping around for a pH meter and preferably would like to spend less than $100 on it (including storage and calibration solutions).

I keep reading terrible things about every pH meter on the market so I can't seem to trust the interwebs, so I thought I'd come here for some real homebrewer feedback.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/buyi...-meter-127062/

 
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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I've been happy with my Hanna pHep5 meter. Only used it for a couple of batches so far, but it's worked great. Calibration is easy and it seems to be pretty stable.

 
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Thanks for the link. I actually took a look at Kai's post and I might up going with the updated version of what he picked up at some point. For now, I picked up a $31 one on Amazon (Hanna 98103B) to see if it works. If it doesn't, I'll upgrade, but I wanted to get a refractometer as well because I decided I'm tired of hydrometers! I also found out that Hanna is headquartered in Rhode Island, which is where I live, so maybe I'll see if I can pay them a visit at some point.
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:32 AM   #5
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This $30 refractometer is a solid purchase:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-0-32-ATC...item5ad9e6290c

I'd suggest the Hanna pHep5 98128 pH meter/cleaning solution/storage solution/pH 4.01 & 7.01 packets (fresh ones each brew day). The Milwaukee models with 0.01 pH accuracy may be just as good too.

 
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:02 AM   #6
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Got this and was happy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details

Amazon gave it to me for free as it was advertised with the hard case but it was not included. They did not want to accept a return as it is "hazardous". YMMV. Overstock has it for $50 as well. The Atlas solutions from Amazon work well. Free shipping with Prime.

If I was to do it all again, I would get the PH56 instead of the PH55 but 0.1 is good enough for me.

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