BeerBug Wireless Brewing Hydrometer: First Impressions Review

Today I received my BeerBug Digital Hydrometer as an early backer of their Kickstarter.  I had some minor issues with the setup, but they were quickly resolved by email from one of the project’s principals.  The device is pretty elegant, with a weighted Teflon “torpedo” suspended in the fluid, connected to a head unit by monofilament line.  The head unit has a strain gauge (correlating the weight of the torpedo to specific gravity) and communicates readings by Bluetooth.

At this early stage there appears to only be Windows software – a screenshot below shows some of the expected drift when first using the device (readings are very steady now as I write this post) – at the time I also had it installed incorrectly which couldn’t have helped.

The initial release of the Windows software

The initial release of the Windows software

Here’s a photo showing it in a three gallon carboy, with the white torpedo in water.

showing the "torpedo" suspended in the liquid

showing the “torpedo” suspended in the liquid

Here is a close-up showing the head unit

Capturing the flashing status light on the head unit

Capturing the flashing status light on the head unit

I am very excited to try this in a batch of beer!

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One Response to BeerBug Wireless Brewing Hydrometer: First Impressions Review

  1. gadget says:

    keep the auzzies updated with your progress on Beerbug

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