Our Re­view Method­ol­ogy

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In late 2016, we put out a call to man­u­fac­tur­ers across the in­dus­try—some we work with reg­u­larly, some we don’t— and asked for new, in­ter­est­ing, and valu­able prod­ucts to test and re­view. Those who vis­ited our of­fice in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary can at­test to the flood of gear we re­ceived—we were a great can­di­date for a brewing edi­tion of the TV show “Hoard­ers.” Be­cause it’s im­pos­si­ble to blind test brewing equip­ment in the same way we test beer, we tested the gear in a num­ber of ways rang­ing from of­fice brew days (we were very thank­ful for the mild win­ter weather this year in Colorado) to edi­tors and staff check­ing out gear for brew days at home. Af­ter brewing, each staffer wrote up his/her un­var­nished opin­ions—what they liked, what they would change, and who the ideal cus­tomer is for the gear.

In ad­di­tion to the writ­ten re­views, we asked each re­viewer to eval­u­ate the gear in five cat­e­gories, which we’ve in­cluded as the “score­card” with each re­view. If they found the gear to be a stand­out in any of those five cat­e­gories, it earned a check mark. If it reached a level of qual­ity and util­ity where the tester would pur­chase it for them­selves (or rec­om­mend it to the in­tended cus­tomer), then we awarded it the mark of ap­proval . Due to space lim­i­ta­tions, we pri­or­i­tized gear we’d rec­om­mend over gear we wouldn’t or gear where we didn’t have a deep enough field to in­clude mul­ti­ple prod­ucts.

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