Has anyone used a blutooth hydrometer. Put it in at the start of the ferment and leave it. Tracks your SG and temperature via an app.
No need to open and take samples .
I have one and used it for a couple of years.
The Tilt was made for beer brewing and it needs clear juice in order to float freely.
In white wine where you don’t have skins, there is no problem, in red wine it is a challenge.
I make red wine, so I came up with a solution
After I punch the cap, I lower a plastic pitcher with holes in the bottom into the must.
The holes will allow the must to fill the pitcher keeping the skins away, and the Tilt can float freely.
It works for me and it is very accurate.
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@TheAbbot where did you get the iSpindle PCB and parts from?I have an iSpindle which is essentially the same thing but open source, much cheaper and works via wifi (which is better, IMHO, because it has longer range than Bluetooth and can be checked on from anywhere in the world [for what that's worth]). It's a great toy. It is not a necessity by any means -- but it is fun to play with. You can chart temperature and gravity and know precisely when your wine is fermented out. I paid about $20 CDN and assembled it. I would not have paid $185 CDN ($135USD) for a TIlt and been happy.
shoot i keep 5 extra, with lines, carboys, crates, and one leg and 2/3rd a foot on the left side, i do snap them now and then,, hehe enough to keep 5 extrasIt's an interesting toy, but it's too pricey for me. Last fall I had 3 fermenters going at once -- forking out $400 for 3 of these puppies is far too much for me.
My hydrometers are 30+ years old -- I checked Amazon and was surprised at the price a plain 'ole triple scale hydrometer goes for these days. In contrast, refractometers are far cheaper than the last time I checked.