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Beer Blog: Cleaning and Sanitizing Your Brew Equipment

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Beer Blog: Cleaning and Sanitizing Your Brew Equipment

Are those tears on your face, or splash back from dumping a contaminated batch of brew? Probably both. We don’t want to see your face dripping with tears or beer - so let’s talk cleaning and sanitation.

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Detecting Contamination: Beer Brewing & ATP Testing

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Detecting Contamination: Beer Brewing & ATP Testing

On these hot August days, there's just something about enjoying a cold one and watching the fireflies buzz around while the sun goes down. Beer and fireflies have more in common than you'd think.Fireflies use their light-up butts to communicate gender, species and health status during mating season.

How did we get from fireflies to detecting contamination? Read on to find out

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Beer Blog: Talking About Tilt

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Beer Blog: Talking About Tilt
We’ve been talking a lot about hydrometers on the beer blog! You may recall we’ve recommended using plastic to prevent breakage, as well as the value of having a built in thermometer. Today, we’re talking up the Tilt Hydrometer - which has both of these added features, plus a host of added benefits for the home brewer.

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Beer Hydrometer Use 101: Tips, Tricks & Pointers

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Beer Hydrometer Use 101: Tips, Tricks & Pointers

A hydrometer is a useful tool that will save you many headaches—and many batches—down the road. Incorporate it into your process, and your batches will only continue to get more consistent  and better with time. We will walk you through the process, give you tips for ensuring accuracy, and items of consideration when selecting a hydrometer.

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Don't be Dense: Use A Hydrometer

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Don't be Dense: Use A Hydrometer

What is a Hydrometer?A hydrometer is a scientific instrument used to measure the specific gravity or relative density of a liquid. This measurement is expressed as a ratio of the density of the liquid to the density of water. Hydrometers measure this relative density based on the principles of buoyancy and are essentially measuring dissolved solids in a liquid - the more dissolved solids the more buoyant the liquid. There are several different types of hydrometers, the main difference between them being their scales. Each scale measures a different type of dissolved solid such as sugar, petroleum, alcohol, salt and...

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