Yes. There are many dealers selling Tilts around the world. You can find a map of them here https://monitor.beer/partner.php
Yes. There are hundreds of customers using the Tilt in a variety of SS fermenters. You will have reduced Bluetooth range and will need to place your smartphone/tablet closer to your fermenter to receive data.
Here is a video tutorial to show you how to change the battery in your Tillt. Change battery on TILT
The TILT temperature range is 32-185 F.
The device is 3 5/8 inches (9.2075 cm) long by 1 1/8 inch (2.8575 cm) in diameter. It is designed to fit in a typical carboy
The Tilt will interact with your smartphone or tablet from up to 25 feet.
Yes. Any iPhone 4S or newer (with Bluetooth 4.0) or any iPad Mini or iPad 3 or newer (with Bluetooth 4.0) should work.
Yes, in general most Android phone or tablet with Bluetooth 4.0 and Android OS version 4.3+. See our list here: Compatiple Android units
The Tilt will send updated measurement readings for temperature and specific gravity to Monitor.beer every 15 minute.
The Tilt will go into sleep mode when you're not brewing to save battery life. Simply stand the Tilt on its end and it will shut off automatically.
Simply drop the Tilt/Brewometer in your fermenting brew (or lay it on its side) and the device will turn on and start taking readings automatically after about a minute.
The Lithium CR123A battery will last about 3 months depending on usage.
The specific gravity is accurate +/- 0.002 with the Tilts range of 0.990 to 1.120. The thermometer is accurate +/- 2 degrees F (+/- 1 degree C).
There is no noticeable interference from foam. Foam plays a minimal role since it is significantly less dense than the beer and 95% of the device is submerged in the beer.
We recommend putting the Tilt in your beer prior to pitching yeast, this will ensure any bubbles will not affect initial readings. Bubbles from dissolved CO2 may cause higher than expected readings for a short time if placed in an active fermenting brew. However, this can be sped up if washed with alcohol (i.e. Everclear).
You do see a lot of turbulence at peak moments of fermentation, however since data is being collected every 15 minute the ability to get a smooth moving average allows for a highly accurate readings. That said, we've come to enjoy reading the non-averaged data because it also tells you how active the fermentation is.
The polycarbonate container and washers/o-rings are safe with StarSan, which is our recommended sanitizer. Warm water and dish soap for cleaning.
Yes! You can get a free download to Tilt Pi here.
Please make sure that you've removed the Tilt from its plastic shipping tube prior to using it.
Yes. The Tilt works great under pressure. Here's a blog post on that subject. TILT under pressure
The best way to find out what the iSpindle is doing as information is to read it's log. This can be done via a serial monitor like HTerm or Arduino IDE. Connect the spindle via Micro USB, then open the Com Port with the serial monitor above and read it.
Set baud rate to 115200. It brings light into the dark.
Switch it on, press the reset button 3-4 times which sets up an access point. That means you will see a new Wifi network "iSpindel" where you connect to with your computer, smartphone or tablet.
Now the browser should automatically redirect you to the page http://192.168.4.1. If not, navigate there yourself and press enter.
If you are now on the portal page, under Configuration you can enter your token and the wifi password that you need for your network.
Then click on safe and it will send the data to Monitor.beer. This means that the iSpindel is not reachable in normal operation, until you manually start the portal again
The critical part of the battery life time is that the iSpindle is active as short as possible and maximum time being in deep sleep mode, this save much battery!
The Wemos in active operation requires more than 300x of energy, so this trick is indispensable to achieve maximun runtime enough for a full fermetation periode.
Correct, see Firmware Update
From firmware 3.0 on you can adjust the conversion factor. By default, factor 191.8 is used. You can adjust by this formula:
displayed voltage / measured voltage * current factor (191.8) = new factor
Is it possible to get signal through the stainless steel container?