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 on: September 10, 2016, 07:36:45 AM 
Started by jimmayhugh - Last post by jimmayhugh
I picked up a Tilt Digital Hydrometer several weeks ago, and have been evaluating it.

The Tilt is a BluetoothLE device that uses an accelerometer in order to determine the SG of a liquid. The Tilt is weighted such that it tilts at a pre-defined angle in water. The accelerometer measures this tilt, and converts it into an SG reading which is broadcast every 10 seconds or so via iBeacon advertisement. There are Android and iOS apps that read and display these readings. A digital thermometer is also present in the Tilt, and a temp reading is also broadcast with the SG.

You use the Tilt by sanitizing it, and dropping it directly into your carboy/brew bucket/conical/whatever and placing your Android/iOS device nearby. The apps have the ability to send the data into the cloud.

I didn't have any BluetoothLE-enabled devices with which to take readings, so I set about configuring a RaspberryPi 3 to read, save and display the results. Here is the latest test with an IPA I helped a friend make:

It seems to work pretty well, but a $200 a pop, it may be beyond the means of many homebrewers.

 on: August 30, 2016, 06:20:19 PM 
Started by bombersandtalls - Last post by bombersandtalls
Greetings All,

The competition website is open!  Entrants, judges, stewards, please sign up at snafu.brewcompetition.com

We are hosting it in Vegas.  There is no qualifier this year.  No entry limit other than 1 per sub category.  2015 guidelines.

Good luck!

 on: August 30, 2016, 06:14:29 PM 
Started by bombersandtalls - Last post by bombersandtalls
They are yours if you can pick them up. 

S. Buffalo and 215

 on: August 17, 2016, 12:59:42 AM 
Started by Bluetapebrews - Last post by Bluetapebrews
 I'm Warner, I've been brewing for about 6 years, got started when my dad bought me a partial mash kit for Christmas, since then I've moved to a gravity fed keggle system, I'm setting up my draft fridge this weekend, I'll have three selections on draft and one cask style.

 on: August 03, 2016, 08:29:28 AM 
Started by Doctoxin - Last post by Doctoxin
Well, I finally made here after retiring from the Air Force in 2013, 26+ years in the military.  Of course now the weather has been so hot it feels like I am back in Afghanistan.  I spent 2007 and 2010 there and one of the main reasons for coming here was to live near my best friend and wingman from my 2007 deployment.  In the military when you are in combat with someone you form a bond stronger than blood.  So it is with Tsgt Pedro (Pete) Santos also USAF Retired.  We spent what ever spare time we had smoking cigars and thinking about ice cold beer.  Now I am starting to brew my own.  I have had one partial success and one major failure but I am not discouraged.  With the help of Steve Berg, Vegas Home Brew, I am attempting an English oatmeal stout.  I am looking forward to connecting up with other home brewers and craft brewers here in Las Vegas and plan to get over to Aces and Ales on Teneya.
Oh, you will notice that I have a clarinet in my photo.  I used to be a musician back in my 20's but left that to pursue a career as a scientist.  My AFSC was as a 43T3F, biomedical toxicologist.  That came from having a PhD in Chemistry and also tagged me as a chem/bio warfare and infectious disease expert.  Even after leaving the military I ended up in places like Dubai, Sierra Leone and Turkey trying to help some old friends from the military fight the spread disease.  Now I am totally retired and enjoying my new hobby.

 on: May 22, 2016, 01:18:14 PM 
Started by Rob_M - Last post by Rob_M
I recently upgraded my mash tun and I am selling my old one.

- Converted sanke keg / keggle style mash tun / 15 gal capacity
- 2ea 1/2 NPT welded ports / one for a dip tube and ball valve / one for recirculating
- 1ea welded thermowell 4"
- 1ea hinged false bottom with hole in the center for the dip tube
- 1ea dip tube
- 1ea lock line sparge manifold

I'm looking to get $150 for it

 on: May 22, 2016, 12:54:59 PM 
Started by Rob_M - Last post by Rob_M
Just moved here from Anchorage AK a couple months ago. I managed to locate all of the pieces of my brewery after the move and even brew a batch. I'm already missing the Alaskan temperatures but came armed with a couple extra temperature controllers. Looking forward to eventually attending a club meeting.

 on: May 08, 2016, 06:36:28 PM 
Started by TwoHawks - Last post by TwoHawks
Free for anyone bottling, I've got approximately 112 22oz bombers and 192 12oz bottles. We're moving so I need to get rid of them quickly. Email me at Michaellaneous@me.com or text (702) 743-8333.


 on: March 27, 2016, 02:23:08 PM 
Started by killrwv - Last post by killrwv

The next Club Only, Single Categroy competition will take place on Sunday, May 15th.  The category will be BJCP Category 12, Pale Commonwealth Beers.  This category includes two new sub-categories including English Golden Ales and Austrailian Sparkling ales along with English IPAs.

The competition will be judged by the BJCP Beer Tasting exam Prep class.  Everyone is welcome to participate in both the competition and any of the prep classes. 

Entires will be accepted at the May SNAFU meeting (Friday May 13th, 7:30 PM, Aces and Ales, Nellis).  If you can't make the meeting you can drop off your entries prior to Friday, May 13th at UBottleIt or Vegas Homebrew. 


 on: February 01, 2016, 09:42:51 PM 
Started by High Desert Brewer - Last post by MattB
Best idea I have seen lately! Thanks for the info!!

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