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PH Meter

While Beer is 90-97% water, it is a very tricky subject.

PH Meter

Postby Kloorob » Tue Jul 14, 2015 09:08

Hi, I read with intrigue the recent post on water chemistry for brewing, and hence I have started using a Salifert test kit to check out the Alkalinity, but now I would like to buy a PH Meter to check my mash ph.

As there are several options that I can take (cheap or expensive and brand) can therefore help me out and kindly give me your recommendations on a which suitable PH Meter to get?

Thanks.
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Re: PH Meter

Postby NickW » Tue Jul 14, 2015 09:51

As recommended by aleman to pittsy and then pittsy to myself...

http://m.rapidonline.com/Catalogue/Product/51-5153

You will need to buy buffer solutions
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Re: PH Meter

Postby Mr. Dripping » Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:05

I'm using the Voltcraft one and I've been happy with it.....the only negative I can mention is that if you don't hold he probe steady the reading jumps around quite a bit.
Whatever you go with, I would advise getting one with a replaceable probe.
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Re: PH Meter

Postby AltonAnt » Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:34

I have a £5 China special from Amazon and it appears to work fine. I expect it to last only a year or two which is fine for me.
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Re: PH Meter

Postby CraftyTim » Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:27

Ive been using this one for a couple of years now, I don't bother storing it properly and calibrate it every couple of months or so and its working great, quite expensive and the probes are also expensive to replace. It'll be interesting to see how long it goes before I have to replace the probe. I also test other waters on a frequent basis so it's used for more than just brewing so I get my money's worth.

http://www.hannainstruments.co.uk/pocke ... tAodZRsOSA

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Re: PH Meter

Postby krazypara3165 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:29


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Re: PH Meter

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Re: PH Meter

Postby AFewTooMany » Tue Jul 14, 2015 22:41

Anybody used one of these? Cheapest 0.01 resolution I could find


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Re: PH Meter

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Re: PH Meter

Postby AFewTooMany » Wed Jul 15, 2015 09:36


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Re: PH Meter

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Re: PH Meter

Postby AFewTooMany » Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:46

Cheers. Love the coca cola buffer solution. Will need to remember that for future. Picked up a salifert kit for first few brews and pick up cheap meter to "compare"

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Re: PH Meter

Postby Kloorob » Wed Jul 15, 2015 18:59

Hi All,
Thanks for your responses which is much appreciated, and I think that I will go for the Voltcraft which looks ideal for what I want.
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Re: PH Meter

Postby Graham_W » Wed Jul 15, 2015 21:14


G.W.
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Re: PH Meter

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Re: PH Meter

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Re: PH Meter

Postby CraftyTim » Wed Jul 15, 2015 22:20


I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy :D
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Re: PH Meter

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Re: PH Meter

Postby bobsbeer » Thu Jul 16, 2015 09:50

Cheapo Chinese version for me. I have had it 2 years and when tested against the buffer solution was still spot on. So while it may be cheap and nasty in appearance, appears to give consistent accurate results.
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Re: PH Meter

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