HALO Wire­less Beer ph Me­ter

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Fruit in Beer -

HANNA In­stru­ments’ HALO Wire­less Beer ph Me­ter brings ba­si­cally fool­proof, in­stant, record­able ph test­ing to the brew­ing process. The probe comes with mul­ti­ple buf­fer so­lu­tions for quick and easy cal­i­bra­tion. It also comes with clean­ing and stor­age so­lu­tions to en­sure the probe is prop­erly main­tained. It’s pack­aged well in a box with form-fit­ting foam cutouts, al­low­ing for safer stor­age. HANNA In­stru­ments en­cased the glass probe in sturdy ti­ta­nium, mak­ing it hardy enough for a typ­i­cal brew­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The probe it­self is easy to con­nect to an Ap­ple or An­droid de­vice us­ing Blue­tooth, and the set up takes just a few sec­onds. From there, set­ting up pref­er­ences in the app is easy, al­low­ing you to use Fahren­heit, Cel­sius, graphs, ta­bles, and other op­tions to record and track your re­sults. You can send the re­sults to your­self or share with a team or save it to a spread­sheet, and the amount of data you can save is lim­ited only by your phone or tablet ca­pac­ity. Tak­ing mea­sure­ments is in­stan­ta­neous—no ap­pre­cia­ble lag time at all—and the de­vice au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs for tem­per­a­ture. We used it while brew­ing—us­ing plain wa­ter, mash, wort, and post-pitched wort, vary­ing the tem­per­a­tures, and it recorded con­sis­tently and ef­fort­lessly.

The price point (and the one-year life­span of the ph me­ter) prob­a­bly don’t make this the right prod­uct for the ca­sual home­brewer. How­ever, if you’re se­ri­ous about en­ter­ing com­pe­ti­tions and metic­u­lously di­al­ing in recipes, or if you’re a brewer or tech­ni­cian in a smaller pro brew­ing en­vi­ron­ment, the HALO wire­less beer ph me­ter is an ex­cel­lent in­vest­ment for easy data collection and track­ing. —Libby Mur­phy

Price: $225 Buy: han­nainst.com/beer-ph

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