Category Archives: Tools and Equipment

The Best Mobile Apps for Whiskey Lovers (In 2023)

Almost everything today has gone digital, including whiskey. Most apps about whiskey are whiskey databases that allow the user to review their tested drink and share it on social media. However, some apps allow the user to order whiskey on demand and will even go as far as to provide whiskey cocktail advice. We surveyed{…}

The Best Mobile Apps For Gin Lovers (In 2023)

Gin is no longer a drink for little old ladies, it’s hit the mainstream and in the last few years has developed a cult-like status. And with that status comes the challenge of keeping track of which gins are great, which ones aren’t and what to try next.  Being unashamed gin snobs, it’s hard work{…}

How to Calibrate and Use a pH Meter for Brewing (Complete Guide)

Calibrating your pH meter is an essential part of getting accurate readings. Brewers, winemakers, and distillers need to maintain the right balance of acidity and alkalinity during the fermentation process to produce a quality result. This is achieved through the regular use of pH meters – particularly at the beginning of fermentation. Gone are the{…}

The Best Alcoholmeter For Distilling (In 2023)

Also known as ‘alcohol hydrometers’, ‘spirit hydrometers’, ‘proofing hydrometers, or simply as an ‘alcoholmeter’, these devices are essential in the distilling process to test the alcohol by volume (ABV) produced. But which are the best? Do you need one that goes from 0-100 or should you get a set with finer resolution?? Is there a{…}

The Best pH Meter for Brewing and Distilling (In 2023)

Finding the best pH meter for brewing and distilling will pay huge dividends to your wine, beer or spirits production. Not only is it an essential tool for analyzing the pH of your grapes, wort, or mash, but it plays an important role in managing microbial activity and free SO2. Along with a good alcoholmeter, and{…}

The Best Proofing Parrot For Distilling (In 2023)

A parrot is a piece of distilling equipment that sits after the take-off port of your still, and before the collection vessel, to collect a real-time sample of the alcohol coming off the still. If you want to take continuous alcohol measurements while distilling, then you need a proofing parrot. In this article, we’re going{…}

The Best Refractometers For Brewing and Distilling In 2023 (Complete Guide)

When looking for the best refractometer, you’re going to run into a range of devices that vary in accuracy, precision, usability, and most of all price! We’ve used everything from the simple handheld optical refractometer to the nifty digital versions that have hit the market. Based on your level of experience and the type of{…}

The 4 Best Hydrometers For Brewing and Distilling (In 2023)

Hydrometers are an essential tool in the brewer or distillers tool kit. They measure the difference in sugar content of a liquid before and after fermentation to tell us how much alcohol by volume the product contains – so we can keep safe, as well as make sure fermentation has performed as expected. The best{…}

A Distiller’s Glossary (Distilling Jargon Explained!)

If you are new to the world of distillation, you may have noticed a few words being thrown around that you are unfamiliar with. Distilling, like many other industries, has its own jargon and special terms. In this article, we will decipher some of the most common words and terms used in the world of{…}

Why You Need Copper in Your Distillery (Copper vs. Stainless Steel)

Why you need copper in your distillery (Copper vs. Stainless Steel) is a simple question to answer. While it may look a little old-fashioned, copper is a necessary and integral part of the distilling process. To understand why that is, let’s look at the process of making alcohol. It uses evaporation and condensation to distill a{…}