BrewLab

Order Code: 7188-01

7188-01 200x200The BrewLab™ test kit for Home Brewers quantifies 6 important test factors. Included is a digital pH meter for monitioring batches from start to finish. Experts agree water conditions affect your final product, so take the mystery out of making great beer. Trust LaMotte, the water analysis experts since 1919, to help you control your most important ingredient ... water!

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Specifications

 

BrewLab Plus
Order Code 7188-01
Price $195.00

BrewLab Basic (without pH Meter)
Order Code 7189-01
Price $125.00

 

Test Factors

 

Test Factor Range Sensitivity Test Type # of Tests
Total Hardness

1 drop=10 ppm

1 drop=20 ppm

1 drop=10 ppm

1 drop=20 ppm
Titration 50 @ 200ppm
Calcium 1 drop=10 ppm 1 drop=10 ppm Titration 50 @ 200 ppm
Magnesium Calculation Calculation
(total-calcium)
Calculation
pH 0-14 0.1 Digital Meter
Sulfate 20-200 ppm 0, 50, 100, 150, 200 ppm Turbidity 50
Alkalinity

1 drop=10 ppm

1 drop=25 ppm

1 drop=10 ppm

1 drop=25 ppm
Titration 50 @ 200ppm
Chloride

1 drop=10 ppm

1 drop=25 ppm

1 drop=10 ppm

1 drop=25 ppm
Titration 50 @ 200ppm
Sodium

Calculation

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Some quick descriptions of the terms:

Alkalinity: 
Directly affects your water and your beer’s pH level. Water with low alkalinity is subject to dramatic pH changes. Know the alkalinity of the water before you brew to determine if you need to adjust pH prior to brewing. Alkalinity coupled with calcium and magnesium hardness can help you estimate the end pH of your beer.

Hardness: 
Calcium: Helps prevent enzymes from denaturing and extends their activity in the mash, promoting clarity, flavor, and stability in the finished beer.
Magnesium: In small amounts Mg is an important yeast nutrient. The better the “yeast ferment”, the cleaner the alcohol produced.

Sulfate:
Control the bitterness level of your finished beer by adjusting sulfates.

Chloride:

Accentuates hop character, helps dry the beer finish. Tastes minerally with high concentrations of sodium, chloride, and bicarbonate.

Sodium:

Acts to improve mouthfeel and sweetness of malt.

pH:
Measure the pH before and during the brewing process since it affects the taste of your brew. Although testing the pH of the water before you brew is important to establish your starting point, it is even more essential to test during the process to ensure you optimize your ingredients. pH test strips and papers work fine for pre-tests, but a digital pH meter is recommended for testing during brewing.

 

 

Instructions

 

7188-01.pdf LaMotte BrewLab Plus Instruction Manual
7189-01.pdf
LaMotte BrewLab Basic Instruction Manual

BrewLab Tips


If you want to use any of the on-line brew calculators out there, (one such calculator is  www.brewersfriend.com/water-chemistry which is referenced  on the back page of the BrewLab™ manual) you may find that they are set up by chemical symbols or they ask for test results that don’t correlate directly to the tests in the BrewLab™ kit. Here are some definitions and conversions that may help:

Ca+2 = Calcium (In the BrewLab™ kit this is expressed as CaCO3, see conversion below)
Mg+2 = Magnesium (the BrewLab™ kit this is expressed as CaCO3, see conversion below)
SO4-2 = Sulfate
Na+ = Sodium
Cl- = Chloride
HCO3- = Bicarbonate (This is the primary contributor to alkalinity, in the BrewLab™ kit it is expressed as Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) so a conversion is needed for HCO3, see below)
Fe = Iron (No test for this is included in the BrewLab™ kit)

Conversions:
To convert the total calcium result from your BrewLab™ result into calcium (expressed as CaCo3 ppm ) you will need to multiply the result by 10 or 20, depending on sample volume used. Then to convert the result into calcium (expressed as Ca+2 ) you will need to multiply the result by 0.4
To convert the magnesium result from your BrewLab™ result into magnesium (expressed as Mg+2) you will need to multiply the result by 10 or 20, depending on sample volume used.
To convert the alkalinity result from your BrewLab™ result into bicarbonate (expressed as HCO3) you will need to multiply the result by 10 or 25, depending on sample volume used.

To convert the Chloride result from your BrewLab™ result as ppm you will need to multiply the result by 10 or 25, depending on sample volume used.

Where to Buy

 

Delaware

How Do You Brew
Shoppes at Louviers
203 Louviers Dr
Newark, DE 19711
Tel:302-738-7009
www.howdoyoubrew.com

 


 

Minnesota

Northern Brewer Minneapolis
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Tel:612-843-4444
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Website:www.northernbrewer.com

Northern Brewer St. Paul
1150 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Tel:651-223-6114
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Website:www.northernbrewer.com

 


 

Pennsylvania

Wine, Barley & Hops
248 Bustleton Pike
Feasterville, PA 19053
Tel:215-322-4780
Website:www.winebarleyandhops.com

Keystone Home Brew Supply
435 Doylestown Rd.
Montgomeryville, PA 18936
Tel:215-855-0100
Website:www.keystonehomebrew.com

Home Sweet Homebrew
2008 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel:215-569-9469
Website:www.homesweethomebrew.com

Barry’s Home Brew Outlet
1447 North American St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Tel:215-755-4556
Website:www.barryshomebrew.com

 


 

Wisconsin

Northern Brewer Milwaukee
1306 S 108th St.
West Allis, WI 53214
Tel:414-935-4099
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Website:www.northernbrewer.com