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BrewNanny keeps a watchful eye on your home-brewing technique

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BrewNanny is designed to be used as a tool to guide the hobbyist in refining their beer crafting methods
BrewNanny is designed to be used as a tool to guide the hobbyist in refining their beer crafting methods
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The company emphasizes that BrewNanny isn't intended to handle the brewing process for you
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The company emphasizes that BrewNanny isn't intended to handle the brewing process for you
BrewNanny Pro is geared towards those who want to explore software and hardware modifications
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BrewNanny Pro is geared towards those who want to explore software and hardware modifications
Data is collected and transmitted over Wi-Fi to a dashboard, accessible through web browser and an iPhone or Android app
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Data is collected and transmitted over Wi-Fi to a dashboard, accessible through web browser and an iPhone or Android app
With a microcontroller and sensor built-in to monitor C02 pressure, BrewNanny can determine the current alcohol content of the brew
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With a microcontroller and sensor built-in to monitor C02 pressure, BrewNanny can determine the current alcohol content of the brew
BrewNanny is designed to replace the air trap, or fermentation lock, a component common in typical beer brewing and wine-making kits
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BrewNanny is designed to replace the air trap, or fermentation lock, a component common in typical beer brewing and wine-making kits
BrewNanny is designed to be used as a tool to guide the hobbyist in refining their beer crafting methods
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BrewNanny is designed to be used as a tool to guide the hobbyist in refining their beer crafting methods
The dashboard stores all readings (taken hundreds of times per minute) and translates them into a customizable bar graph to enable historical viewing of the fermentation
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The dashboard stores all readings (taken hundreds of times per minute) and translates them into a customizable bar graph to enable historical viewing of the fermentation

While a mouthful of home-brewed beer delivers a certain degree of satisfaction for hobbyists and expert craftsmen alike, seeing the hops, yeast and water come together to create a refreshing drop can take some serious know-how and even more serious man-hours. BrewNanny is a device designed to help ease the burden by using built-in sensors to monitor and offer guidance throughout the brewing process.

Lyon Labs' BrewNanny replaces the air trap, or fermentation lock, a component common in typical beer brewing and wine-making kits. This seal works to release carbon dioxide produced as fermentation takes place, while preventing air from entering the container.

With a built-in microcontroller and sensor to monitor C02 pressure, BrewNanny can determine the current alcohol content of the brew, the rate of fermentation, how much sugar remains to be turned into alcohol and when the process should be completed.

Along with the ability to gauge C02 release, BrewNanny also features sensors to monitor air temperature, brew temperature and light level. All this data is collected and transmitted over Wi-Fi to a dashboard, accessible through a web browser and an iPhone or Android app.

Data is collected and transmitted over Wi-Fi to a dashboard, accessible through web browser and an iPhone or Android app
Data is collected and transmitted over Wi-Fi to a dashboard, accessible through web browser and an iPhone or Android app

The BrewNanny platform converts this information into a number of gauges to offer insights into the health of the brew, all of which can be adjusted to the user's desired settings.

Temperature gauges for both the air and liquid are color-coded to indicate a safe, warning and alarming temperature range. An illuminance gauge monitors light, while a pressure gauge indicates the level of C02 build up inside the container and the point at which it is being released. With the "safe levels" pre-determined by the user, BrewNanny then sends out alerts via text or email as soon as something goes awry.

Further to real-time monitoring, the dashboard stores all readings (taken hundreds of times per minute) and translates them into a customizable bar graph to enable historical viewing of the fermentation. This also means successful brews can be archived and shared with fellow home-brewers via BrewNanny's website.

BrewNanny is designed to replace the air trap, or fermentation lock, a component common in typical beer brewing and wine-making kits
BrewNanny is designed to replace the air trap, or fermentation lock, a component common in typical beer brewing and wine-making kits

In contrast to the smart-phone-controlled Brewbot machine, which we took a look at last year, Lyon Labs emphasizes that its BrewNanny isn't intended to handle the brewing process for you. Rather, it is to be used as a tool to guide the hobbyist in refining their beer crafting technique.

The creator of BrewNanny, IT professional Gary Lyons, has developed fully-functioning prototypes and has taken to Kickstarter to up-scale production. The BrewNanny base model is available at a pledge level of US$248, while an extra $100 will put you in line for the BrewNanny Pro, geared towards those who want to explore software and hardware modifications. Lyons hopes to begin shipping in June 2014 if everything goes as planned.

You can learn more about the functions of BrewNanny in the video below.

Source: BrewNanny

3 comments
Jonathan Zornow
Brew Nanny? Should have called it, "Mary Hoppins"
Jay Finke
I thought of incorporating a specific gravity gauge into the gas vent for visual confirmation, it would be cheap and easy ?
lwesson
I used to brew stoutly but sporadically. Living on a latitude that Cairo Egypt is on without so much Pyramid, flirts with serious temp. problems. Hundreds of gallons have been made, I lost count, and some batches just had to be tossed out. Happy Earthworms for sure. This is wonderful. Love it! This might get me hopping bock to brewing as this is the cure for what ales me. : )