Automatic fermentation monitoring

Breww already has an integration with the Tilt Hydrometer but we’d love to explore other options. Our Tilt integration allows for readings of both temperature and gravity to be recorded every 15 minutes directly to a batch of beer. Breww customers can find out more about our Breww Tilt Connection feature here.

We appreciate that the Tilt is not really suitable for our many of customers and certainly not compatible in all situations. For example, it uses Bluetooth to communicate with our Breww Tilt Connect device and the range on the Bluetooth protocol is quite short. The Tilt can also be “thrown off” by vigorous fermentations (although we have some outlier detection and averaging of many readings per 15-minute period, to try to reduce the effects of this). We’re fully committed to continuing to support the Tilt and other monitoring products going forward.

We’re looking to see what other devices you have installed in your brewery already which you think we could tap into. We’ve also found the Plaato Industrial (which is still in development/trials) but looks like it will be an excellent product.

Here’s an example of a graph produced by our Breww Tilt Connect product which really shows the power of automatic monitoring.

We also plan to add support for alerting you (via email, SMS, etc) if the temperature or gravity moves out of an acceptable range so you don’t even need to manually keep an eye on your fermentations from home (which of course you can do easily with Breww - as it’s fully web-based).

Please reply below with your thoughts and ideas and if you like the sound of this, hit the “Vote” button to the top right.

We’ve had an enquiry about an integration with TankNET by Acrolon. Is anyone else using this product or considering it? If so, please let us know here!

Hi all,
We are looking for an automatic fermentation monitoring but we would like to have some feedback.
Could you give us your feedback using them on stainless steel vessel?

We did complete the build of our integration with TankNET (mentioned above), but as I understand it, the setup costs of the system can be significant. They also need to enable API access, which I believe they charged extra for with our other customer who is using this, however the system does appear to be rock-solid and working well. They are US based, this may be worth reviewing.

In July this year, we had a call with the team at Plaato about integrating their Plaato Pro product.

We’ve never had the pleasure of using it, but from what we’ve seen, it does look like it’s an excellent product. When we spoke to them in July, they were working on their public API, which would allow us to pull fermentation readings into Breww. I’ve messaged our contact today to ask how they’re getting on with their API. I believe they were expecting this to be ready by the end of this year.

Having never used any of these products ourselves (other than the Tilt in our own homebrew), it’s hard for us to give you a recommendation as such, but maybe others in the community can… however, I would suggest speaking to the Plaato team and seeing if that looks like a good fit as we certainly expect to build an integration when their API is ready (and we have demand from our own customers).

We do have a tap in our Breww office (as all beer-tech companies should have :beers:), for the team’s homebrews & the occasional keg from our customers, and we have the Plaato keg monitor system on our kegs here, and we think it’s excellent. Whether this means their fermentation monitoring is as well done, is hard to say, but personally, I think they’ll have done a great job of it from everything we’ve seen from the company.

If you find any other products which you like the look of, we’d be happy to look at whether an integration would be possible.

I hope this helps!