Home Lab Basics
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.
» density and concentration meter, such as Anton Paar Easydens
» ph meter, such as the HALO Wireless Beer ph Meter
» stir plate » a trained palate
» 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.