Home Lab Ba­sics

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Gearhead -

Set­ting up a lab at home is not as daunt­ing as you might think. With this ba­sic gear list and these fun­da­men­tal tech­niques, any­one can do it.

Equip­ment

» den­sity and con­cen­tra­tion me­ter, such as An­ton Paar Easy­dens

» ph me­ter, such as the HALO Wire­less Beer ph Me­ter

» mi­cro­scope

» stir plate » a trained palate

Mind­set

» Think of your brew­ing space as a brew­ery, not as your garage or your kitchen counter.

» Be neat and or­derly with your equip­ment.

» Clean and san­i­tize with a sci­en­tist’s dili­gence. » Take care­ful mea­sure­ments.

» Keep metic­u­lous notes.

» Learn to use a mi­cro­scope and do cell counts.

» Pick up a book on mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy (at least one on yeast bi­ol­ogy—see “Start Your Own Brew­ing Lab with a Li­brary,” page 54).

» Work to train and de­velop your palate.

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