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Plaato airlock

Unread post by Nashbrew » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:02 am

The Plaato Airlock
Being a sucker for a new gadget then being disappointed with the results, I have tried a home made Ispindel with varying results.
Also tried the Brew perfect which was a complete disaster of a gadget.
Have found Malt Miller and Brew selling the Plaato airlock with no reviews has anyone bought and tried one yet?

https://plaato.io/
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Re: Plaato airlock

Unread post by Onthebrew » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:34 am

i am still considering the tilt hydrometer, but its a bit pricey. Upon researching it i seem to remember finding out about the plaato, but it had reviews so held back. i too would be interested to here from anyone who has used it.

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Re: Plaato airlock

Unread post by Nashbrew » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:26 pm

Hi Onthebrew

I made my own version of the Tilt hydrometer (because the tilt has no Wifi) but had varying issues, One was inside the SS fermenter the WiFi would not work.
Results varied quite wildly, I attributed it to a lively ferment and yeast sticking to the tube changing to angle of the thing.
So stopped using after a few brews.
I have bit the bullet and bought a Plaato airlock from Brew (currently discounted)will post a review in the next couple of weeks.
The reviews I have found were mostly favourable on Amazon.com.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KQPKSG5/
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Re: Plaato airlock

Unread post by Cristian » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:27 pm

I used both devices so here are my thoughts:
Tilt:
- Complicated setup process, takes time calibrating before each fermentation. the software behind is '90 style
- Most of the time I found the device touching the FV wall after fermentation so the reading was off
- FG was usually very unreliable. Hydrometer remains the instrument of choice for this step
- The device is good for heaving an approximation on how things are going inside. (if bubbles don’t satisfy you)
- Sold it :arrow:

Plaato
- 1 month delivery from Plaato directly (HK probably)
- First one didn’t work as for many and I got replacement
- Results were terrible even with learning mode on after 6 brews.
- With the latest update you can choose the yeast type and this helps
- A bit better then tilt in approximating the FG I think.

My opinion, save the money, upgrade for something worth the money. (conical/kegs/chillers etc)

You will find lots of reviews if you look online (youtube etc) also join Plaato and Tilt facebook pages to see what users are saying.
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PS. I would not trust amazon feedbacks :roll: :wink:

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Re: Plaato airlock

Unread post by Onthebrew » Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:30 pm

i sort of came to that conclusion hence holding back myself. its a shame as i would happily stump up the money if it worked really well! might buy a grain mill instead

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Re: Plaato airlock

Unread post by Cristian » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:18 pm

Better.

Even having an accurate device, with time, knowing the fermentation behaviour you will come back to the old airlock. (with liquid inside to be clear :lol: )
The monitoring device in my opinion is more like a tool to help you understand the fermentation curve but not the exact SG.
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Re: Plaato airlock

Unread post by mashy » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:21 am

I agree.

I gave up on airlocks years ago.
Numbers or bubbles are not as good imo as sight, sound, taste & temp. And you build up your own knowledge.

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Re: Plaato airlock

Unread post by Miodragz » Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:51 pm

I was reading recently about similar DIY device. This device is not in form of airlock but an floating vessel - here have a look:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Homebrewing/co ... 8578669733

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Re: Plaato airlock

Unread post by Nashbrew » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:56 am

Miodragz wrote:I was reading recently about similar DIY device. This device is not in form of airlock but an floating vessel - here have a look:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Homebrewing/co ... 8578669733

Regards, Miodrag.
I made one of these, but the issue I had was using it in a stainless fermenter. It was a Faraday cage and the WiFi signal could not get out.
Once I got over those issues after calibrating many times the thing never gave me an accurate reading.
Will be brewing this coming weekend and trying the PLaato out so will give some feedback next week.
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Re: Plaato airlock

Unread post by Nashbrew » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:10 am

Have now completed the first brew with the Plaato airlock,
It was slightly out on ABV out of the box, but this week I am trying in learning mode.
The reality is this is just a gadget and does not make for better beer.
I did learn that I may need to control my ferment temperatures though.
Was surprised at the variations over the week.
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Re: Plaato airlock

Unread post by Cristian » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:26 am

Keep in mind that Plaato does not measure the beer temperature. It measures the room temperature. :?
it may take 5-6 brews in learning mode on to be accurate

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Re: Plaato airlock

Unread post by Nashbrew » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:21 am

RE: temp. I see that is ambient so will not look too much into it.

Tried to update SG in learning mode in the app last night the thing stopped counting ,so turned itself into a expensive dumb airlock.
Had to do a complete reset to get going again.
Another kickstart idea take your money and run company rides again.
Will i ever learn. :beerbang:
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