DetailsMonitor your fermentation from your couch, office, plane, anywhere!
The BeerBug keeps you in tune with the inner workings of your brew. Directly measuring density, temperature and reporting in real-time provide you key insights to track and understand your fermentation. Never wonder when your beer will be done, with the BeerBug you know.
Are you wondering if the BeerBug will work with your current setup?
The BeerBug works with any vessel to which you can add a traditional airlock and works great with all Big Mouth Bubbler® products. CO2 and krausen are rerouted through an airlock or blow-off adapter. Using the BeerBug means never opening your brew during fermentation again.
Connecting to your BeerBug is easy!
The BeerBug connects wirelessly to the cloud. Connect the BeerBug to WiFi just like your phone or tablet. As your brew ferments, periodically your BeerBug will send your data over WiFi. This allows you to view your data, in real time, anytime, anywhere.
We recommend pairing with the BeerBug Temperature Probe for the most accurate data.
- Details & Instructions
2.0 / 5.03 ReviewsGood Product, needs more refinement.You MUST have a Android or Iphone to properly set this product up to your home wifi. The Directions are not very well written. The website and app are kinda clunkey and hard to use. If you want the good website features to make this more useful, you need to pay either $8.99 or 13.99 for 3 months of use. It has seemed hard to set up and use so far, this is my initial impression. You do not need to replace your air lock with this - In my situation, I had to go to the hardware store to buy a plug since my conical fermentor has more than one hole in the lid. The unit must be level, but they could of made the product better with a $0.25 stick on buble level to help you with this chore. It would be a pain to clean and sanitize the parts that would be in contact with the blow-off. I don't think I would use this with a carboy for that reason, plus the blowoff could give you false gravity readings. The bottom side of the BeerBug has expose components on the printed circuit board, and the usb port for charging seems kind of flimsy - or at least mine does. This unit will also need to be calibrated every time it is used for best results.December 16, 2015Great idea, no follow throughThe beer bug is a great idea and could have been a really great tool. What didn't happen was the company taking pride in what they had created. I have had mine for two years, tried it with several beers and have had success only a couple of times. The most common problem is there web page is down, down for the entire brew. Throughout the existence of beerbug they have made no improvements to the web page or physical product. They do not maintain their web page properly. But most importantly they seem to be surprised that customer service is more than just taking your money. Wait for a better product to come out. This is a fun toy at best but not if you have to rely on people that don't feel like giving you what you paid for.September 8, 2016Inconsistent readings and wifi problemsput a wifi extender in just for this gizmo, and still had problems getting it to link up. The torpedo hangs down in your wort which gives u one more thing to sanitize. If you make any changes to your batch; ie add fermentables, dry hop, spices, ect it throws off your readings making this thing useless to a specialty brewer. Simply complicates the process with very little to offer in returnMarch 17, 2016Response from Midwest SuppliesHi Robert,
Thanks for filling out a review. I'm sorry that you had a poor experience with your BeerBug. If you have any further questions or would like us to address this issue in any way, please contact us directly.November 2, 2016Midwest Supplies M
- Customer Q&A
Browse 6 questions Browse 6 questions and 9 answersHow does the digital hydrometer work? It is hard enough to manually find density, it would be great to do this so easily.BEST ANSWER: The BeerBug goes between the bung and the airlock and digitally reads the gravity. Ideally, you would want to pair it with the [probe](http://www.midwestsupplies.com/beerbugtm-temperature-probe.html) for more accurate reading. The BeerBug connects to your home Wifi network and sends data to your phone or tablet.Does this and the temp probe work well on the fastferment using the thermowell? Any way to integrate the temp probe with an external temp controller to avoid having multiple probes?BEST ANSWER: The beer bug will work with a fastferment, have not tried it out personally but it fits so will work no problem. The temp probe is mainly for accuracy of the readings so the only way it benefits is by plugging directly into the beer bug and there by increasing the accuracy. I hope this helps!Would this work for kombucha?BEST ANSWER: Hi Jennifer,
Thank you for contacting us. The beerbug would not be the best choice to monitor kombucha. Monitoring kombucha fermentation via gravity readings seems to be a highly debated subject, with the majority leaning towards pH being a much better measure. The scoby would likely interfere with the torpedo and the line suspending it as well. I did not see any verbiage on kombucha use on the BeerBug webpage, but they may have some tips or tricks available. You can submit a question directly to them at the following link if you would like: https://beerbug.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
Lance F.Can this device be connected to a Thermostar two-way digital temperature controller? It doesn't do much good to know temp is off the mark and not be able to fix it. The BeerBug temp probe would take space normally would insert controlled temp probe.BEST ANSWER: You would not want to connect this to a controller. The BeerBug is not able to cool or heat the fermentation. You would need an external heating/cooling system for this.How do you / can you verify calibration on this thing? Is calibration adjustable so it won't be junk in a year?BEST ANSWER: The BeerBug is calibrated in water which has a 1.000 gravity, similar to how you would tare a scale.Can this be used with wine?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Beer Bug can be used with wine
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