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On my third brew so still a rookie but my background is Microbiology by study but never worked as such, instead I've had various careers before landing in IT in the mid-90's and specifically in App Dev for the past decade. I've had some time to think about some things and I have some thoughts on the Droid and App. But first some background to give context for these thoughts:

I started the brew at 1627 on Sunday which starts "Propagation Zone". 12 hours later at 0427 on Monday morning it "Entered Fermentation Zone". At 1749 on Monday "Fermentation was detected". At approximately 1830 on Monday, the Droid was found to have spewed quite a lot of material, fluid and foam. I suspect it started spewing at least 30 minutes prior, if not an hour or more.

To my mind, this was very surprising as it was barely 24 hours since starting the brew and the app had only just told me that we had entered the fermentation zone.

Now, those thoughts:

The Propagation time is very arbitrary at 12 hours from starting the Brew. To me this is clearly not accurate as different yeasts would propagate at different times. From my experience, the Y2 yeast propagates faster than the Y1 I have previously used for the Point and N-C IPAs.

From memory of my studies, I certainly understand that there are quite a number of other factors that will impact propagation other than yeast type including age, storage and other environmental factors will all impact yeast viability and propagation.

Clearly for my DDH Hazy IPA, propagation was pretty short and very active and fermentation started way before the app told me so as less than 1 hour later, there was a lot of material spewed out of the droid.

Personally, I think there should be some variation in these "arbitrary" times for propagation and fermentation zone.

I would think that BrewArt/Coopers would have some good stats on the propagation for the various yeast strains in the Brewart Ingredients. Some customisation in the app to be able to select (or automatically accommodate when using BrewPrints) which type of yeast is being used. This could be done on averages or mean propagation times for a particular yeast.

I also think that in the early stages of the brew, say the first 2-3 days, the Droid should be testing for Fermentation more frequently. After that, a daily check makes more sense.

In terms of the App, I have accidentally placed a BrewPrint on the Shelf but there appears to be no way to remove it.

For previous brews, it would be great if the Notifications could be stored in the Brew Journal for later retrieval like the notes are so that I can get the full context of a brew. Also a timestamp as to when the notes are made would be excellent for future reference.

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Hi team,

Just had one of my beers pop up on my phone as finished conditioning and it gave me an idea!

From a UI perspective, I think it would be cool to select whether you kegged/bottled your beer and if you bottled how many you did, just so you can keep track of your stockpile etc.

let me know what you think, or if this already a thing

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After watching this I think there's a huge opportunity for Brewart to leverage off the existing product ecosystem and add some advanced functionality to match Kegland's RAPT system.

Surely there's an emerging market of small batch brewers who would like some of these features (most of which we already have) without having to purchase a fermenter, transmitter and fridge separately and then work through the tech dance of connecting them all.

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2 hours ago, Dustin Frothman said:

After watching this I think there's a huge opportunity for Brewart to leverage off the existing product ecosystem and add some advanced functionality to match Kegland's RAPT system.

Surely there's an emerging market of small batch brewers who would like some of these features (most of which we already have) without having to purchase a fermenter, transmitter and fridge separately and then work through the tech dance of connecting them all.

This facility would be excellent. I have a couple of Tilt hydrometers and it would be awesome to get the data from that.

Cheers

 

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1 hour ago, Captain 3 Droids said:

@BrewArt Team

Its Xmas week and a lot of panic for some.

I just want to express my great appreciation to the BrewArt Team and wish all a very merry Christmas and top new year- Abby, Liam, Tech people, the silent ones in the background and those  great packaging personnel up there in QLD

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Well said and I concur. Merry Christmas to all at the @BrewArt Team.

Cheers to automatic beers.

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Hi @BrewArt Team

Have bought the hops filter on my last order and as i bottle, I would need a bottling wand. Now back a while ago because I was no longer using one, I posted it out to a forum member who wanted one but if I was to get one now, it is only part of a bottling kit and I really have no need for the whole kit, particularly as i bottle in glass bottles.

Is there a chance you could start selling that item separately?

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21 minutes ago, Rob Courtney said:

Hi @BrewArt Team

Have bought the hops filter on my last order and as i bottle, I would need a bottling wand. Now back a while ago because I was no longer using one, I posted it out to a forum member who wanted one but if I was to get one now, it is only part of a bottling kit and I really have no need for the whole kit, particularly as i bottle in glass bottles.

Is there a chance you could start selling that item separately?

I second this.

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@BrewArt Team

You need to look in to selling spare parts. I mean your customer service is top notch in replacing defective parts but if I want to change the tap on my droid after 3 years, I don't expect a newbie sent to me but in the same sense, I have profited from the generation that taught me to fix what you have so I do not believe a new unit is needed.

I understand that there are parts in a droid that are hard to source as far as electronics but things like taps, plugs, lids with bluetooth speakers, they should be something you can purchase and pimp up your droid.

Whilst i am at it, Netflix on the droid, that'd be good too 

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G 'Day Rob,

Thanks for the suggestion, we are planning an upgrade on our website soon and are planning on making some more spare parts available.

As for pimping up your BeerDroid with Netflix and Bluetooth speakers, we'll have to do some research on the effects of sound waves on fermentation first 😂 We'll put keep your suggestion in mind at our next R&D meeeting. 

Cheers

 

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@BrewArt Team

Trust you all had a top Xmas and new year.

Now an idea for thought:-

BrewArt - What’s Happening

To have a direct avenue for marketing, BrewArt Team issues.

I’m suggesting this as a main topic thread, say down with “BrewPrint Food Pairing” and “BrewArt Banter”.

 

I know emails are generally sent however these can be received a day or two after something has started. Eg the free shipping, sometimes I see this in the store section of the app a day or two before the email. Some people don’t have quick access to emails.

In addition it could promote the forum, be accessed to see what’s going on. (I would inform the Facebook (non official BrewArt) of its availability on the Community Forum.

 

The thread could be a quick reference/advice to :-

. Free shipping

. Firmware updates

. Stock shortages - Droids, ingredients, BrewPrints etc

. When stocks are back, eg Droids

. BrewArt Promotions, eg Discounts on Droids, BrewFlo’s, accessories etc

. New BrewPrints

. Addition of new product items etc

. Anything the BrewArt Team wants to specifically advise

 

This thread would be very handy and so it doesn’t get over cluttered, when something has passed eg free shipping it’s deleted.

 

I’m happy to help out with general inputs and particularly the deletions when time has past.

 

Anyway, a thought I think of value however will leave for you to consider.

Cheers, Mark (Captain 3 Droids)

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