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Hydrometers thermometers and test equipment

Testing equipment, PH meters, PH papers and acid testing kits .

We like to think we can supply it! Everything home brew

We've also got hydrometers for testing the alcoholic content of distilled products! You'll find them on the table top still page HERE

We supply a full range of measuring equipment for homebrew, if we don't have it listed please ask!


Hydrometer Beer and Wine-Most common type!


German made hydrometer, measures density of the liquid.

Tells you when the wine/beer has finished fermenting

calculate the alcohol content of your beer or wine-you need to take a reading before the yeast goes in and one at the end!

Refractometer 0-32 Brix, 1.00. to 1.120 SG

Refractometer- Good quality instrument for most wine and beer needs

Measures from 0 to 32 Brix and 1.000 to 1.120 on the usual scale we use which is specific gravity

Brix is a scale used by fruit juice producers, we tend to use specific gravity which th ethe scale on most hydrometers.

NIce and simple to use, comes with instructions and calibrating screw.

You need to calibrate it with distilled water, we just scraped a bit of clean ice off the freezer and used that on ours. It seems to work ok!

Hydrometer in Degrees Babo 0 to 36


Alternative to normal scale, it measures in degrees Babo Scale 0 to 36 which corresponds to 0 to 1100 on the standard hydrometer

You wouldn't use this in the UK  for wine and beer making but they are preferred by some for soft drinks and cider uses.

Wine Thief, Sampler, Pipette

Plastic, you just get one! The picture shows how it splits apart for cleaning, the corks are so you can tell how big it is!

Perfect for taking a small smaple of wine or beer, you can pour it into a glass or the test jar.

Dip it in the beer/wine and then  hold your thumb over the end. Pull it out and when you take your thumb off the  liquid it all  runs out

Magic!! You really want one of these!

Plastic Trial/Hydrometer Test Jar


A 100 Ml trial jar, perfect for your hydrometer!

If you want a test jar then it's this one

Calibrated from 0 to 100 Ml

Hydrometer Jar Plastic/Graduated 100 ml cylinder


A plastic jar to fit the hydrometer in, makes reading the density a doddle.

Otherwise you're messing about with milk bottles or something

About 27 cm tall and graduated up to 100ml. Makes a useful measure for up to 100 ml as well.

Wine Alcohol Meter- Measures alcohol


Measure the alcohol in finished wine. 0 to 25%

It's a capillary tube with a small funnel at the end.

Pour some wine in and surface tension holds the wine in the tube, more alcohol less surface tension.

Not precise but good fun

Alcohol Hydrometer 0 to100%


Measures alcohol content of a distilled product-not suitable for normal wines and beers!

If you want to measure the alcohol that is coiming out of your still, then this is the right one!





Specific Gravity Table


Just click on the image - Tells you the amount of sugar and potential alcohol for your hydrometer reading!  Take the Hydrometer reading at the start of fermentation and at the end. So, you start at 1080 and end at 1010. It dropped by 1070 points which makes it 9.3 % alcohol. If it drops to .990 then it would be a 1090 point drop! So, 12%. To print this out just click on the picture then right click and it will pop up a menu.



Digital Thermometer with Probe 0 to 100C


A  useful size digital thermometer with a probe

Useful for mashing grain

We've been playing with these. We've put the probe in the kettle with the switch taped down and had it boiling for 5 minutes. It came out ok, and it registered 100 C. So it goes that high at least, which means it's fine for fermenting wine or mashing beer. We 'd not recommend it for continued use in boiling liquids though.

It doesn't say it's waterproof but we have had the probe in a glass of water for a week and it's still ok and it survived the kettle so we'll say it is waterproof.

That big length of wire means it will test the heat at the bottom of a bucket of grain.

The actual digital display is not waterproof,just the wire and the probe.

An interesting point is that here in Stockport we're about 100m above sea level which means water should boil below 100, have a look on Wiki if you want to know more!



For measuring temperature of course, standard in glass.

12" long and 0 to 100c- If you just want the standard thermometer then it's this one!

Adhesive Thermometer


Sticky Thermometer strip from 10 to 40c, Stick onto a demi john or fermenter to give the temperature at a glance.

About 6" 15cm long.

Hydrometer Jar Glass

Same as the plastic one but made of glass

500 Ml Measuring Cylinder Plastic


A big useful measuring cylinder.

We're not sure what half these scales measure, 2% mix, 4% mix for 25 ltr, and some for ratios of up to 70:1 in 5 galls

It also measure liquid up to 500 ml in 25 ml increments

Calibrated measuring Cylinder in Glass


Measures from 20 to 250 ml in glass.

Bit big for a trial jar but will take the larger hydrometers.

The glass is thin so be careful!

Erlenmeyer Glass Conical Flasks

Glass Erlenmeyer conical flasks. With a measure on the side- The laboratory standard, no mad professor is complete without one of these

Digital PH Meter

Nice pocket ph meter. Quickly and simply measures PH of wine or beer. You'll need some buffer solution as well!

Buffer solution for ph meter

A small tub of buffer solution to enable you to calibrate the PH meter

Ph Strips 2.8


PH strips 2.8 to 4.6. The old litmus paper type.

One pack of about 20 strips, it says 20 on the packet...

You dip them in the wine or beer then hold them against white paper to get the reading. If you actually place them on the white paper the acidity of the paper will affect the reading.

Ph Papers 3.8-

Ph strips 3.8 to 5.5 The old litmus paper type. Pack of 20 strips.
We call them litmus but litmus is usually just one colour change, these will show the scale of acidity on different colours, hence these are acid indicators

ph papers 5.2

ph strips 5.2 to 6.8 . Known as universal indicator papers according to Peter the chemist...
A pack of 20 strips of PH indicator papers...or Litmus ...did we already explain that one?

Hydrometer in Degrees Brix

Please ask! We have a few in stock, scales vary, you don't usually use them in UK wine making.
Hydrometer measuring degrees of Brix