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The Brew Perfect™ Classic
FE630
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Description

Monitor your fermentation remotely with the Brew Perfect Classic! If this product looks familiar, there's good reason. Formerly sold under the name BeerBug, the company has since rebranded and major software improvements have accompanied the name change. The original application for the BeerBug was known to be a bit--well--buggy. But those issues have been thoroughly squashed in the Brew Perfect app. Although the hardware hasn't changed in the Brew Perfect Classic, the unit is fully compatible with the new app. Whether you're across the room or across the country, keep tabs on your fermentation with the click of a button.

The Brew Perfect Classic measures the actual specific gravity, alcohol %, and temperature of your fermenting beer every minute and sends that information to your own free account online.  After set up you can log on at BrewPerfect.com or via the phone app to see exactly how your fermentation is doing. Three graphs are created for each of your beers to log how specific gravity, alcohol %, and temperature changed over the course of the fermentation. The Brew Perfect Classic gives you the knowledge to make better beer, saves you time, and is a whole lot of fun to use.  

Knowledge is power. Understanding what happens during fermentation, and how to control it, is often what separates good brewers from great brewers. The Brew Perfect Classic is the tool that gives you that information. Ever wonder what the lag time is on your beer... the real lag time between pitching and when gravity begins to drop? Is my yeast working? How much does fermentation raise temperature? When should I adjust temperature up at the end of fermentation?  Or even more simply, what temperature did my beer really ferment at? You learn all that and more.  

What is your time worth? If you have ever asked yourself "will I be able to keg this weekend?" The Brew Perfect Classic is for you.  The Brew Perfect Classic helps you arrange your busy schedule by knowing exactly when your beer is done fermenting and ready for the next step. Never again will you wonder if your beer is really done, set up to bottle, and then take a gravity reading only to realize you have sugar left in your beer.  What could have happened in that same situation when you own The Brew Perfect Classic is the night before, you checked your gravity on your phone, realized the fermentation had stalled, and that you actually needed to heat it up a bit to help the yeast finish.  You then scheduled your bottling for Sunday afternoon.  

Fun.  At the end of the day the most important feature of The Brew Perfect Classic is fun. This takes two things we are all pretty crazy about... making beer and technology and fuses them together.  It is almost hard to believe that you could look at your phone most anywhere in the World and see how your beer is doing. On BrewPerfect.com you can also see fermentation profiles of all your fellow brewers and read their notes.  You will be able to share your fermentation profile with friends around the globe, your brew club, or on Facebook. That's fun and cool. 

Temperature Measurement. The Brew Perfect Classic measures temperature with the included onboard temperature sensor or an optional external probe. The onboard temperature is best explained as the temperature at the bottom of the Brew Perfect Classic.  Being directly above the brew and having CO2 pass through the unit, the temperature is fairly accurate of your brew.  However, it may lag behind the temperature changes of your brew, and it may be somewhat affected by ambient room temperatures.  If you'd like the most accurate temperature measurement possible you'll want to pickup the optional temperature probe which will be in direct contact with the fermenting liquid. 

The Specifications:

  • Fits most any vessel
  • CO2 vents through a traditional 3/4" blowoff barb
  • Actual gravity sensor hangs from your Brew Perfect Classic into your beer and can be lengthened or shortened to accommodate any vessel
  • Sends information via your local WiFi network (local WiFi required)
  • Rechargeable battery has 25 day life
  • Free account on BrewPerfect.com
  • Android and iOS Apps available for your phone or tablet
  • Software upgrades will automatically be sent to your Brew Perfect Classic via WiFi as released 
  • Temperature probe available separately
  • Eligible for MoreBeer!'s industry leading 1 year warranty

Please note: Carboy, blow-off tubing, and stopper pictured are not included.

Item # FE630
Shipping Eligible for Free Shipping Program
Availability California - In Stock
Pennsylvania - In Stock
Weight 1LBS
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Gift for my husband
Kelsey R on Aug 31, 2018
Great Price!
Brian S on Jun 1, 2018
Gift for my husband
Kelsey R on Aug 31, 2018
I wanted an easier way to keep tabs on my gravity readings without having to use a wine thief and risk contamination
Gary P on Jun 28, 2018
Great Price!
Brian S on Jun 1, 2018
I need more insight to my ferentations, have to have a measurement ot make a qualified adjustment, so here we go.
Bob P on Apr 3, 2018
Good deal. Willing to give it a try.
Jared Bonea on Mar 29, 2018
I wanted an easier way to keep tabs on my gravity readings without having to use a wine thief and risk contamination
Gary P on Jun 28, 2018
I need more insight to my ferentations, have to have a measurement ot make a qualified adjustment, so here we go.
Bob P on Apr 3, 2018
Is this identical to Brew Perfect's current hardware? I don't see the "classic" listed on their web site.
Jared Bonea on Mar 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This item is not identical to the Brew Perfect's current hardware, although it is fully compatible with the Brew Perfect's application software. It was formally sold under the name BeerBug before the company rebranded.
Reviews

2.3 / 5.0
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Unreliable.
The brew perfect classic worked great for 2 brews. After that it has been totally unreliable. I used water as a control before brewing, then added it to my brew. My gravity began to rise and continued to rise for days.. I took several samples and the machine was way off. I used the tare feature without luck. I checked all connections to be sure nothing was stuck. Everything appeared as it should. The temp probe worked very well and remained accurately.
I tried again with another brew after recleaning and assembling the unit. The same issues occurred.
If the unit worked as it had the first 2 brews I’d give it a 5 star review,but unfortunately the unit has proven to be unreliable so I can’t recommend it.
The steep drop is where I tared the unit.   it still has me at 1.055 or greater.  Hydrometer = 1.023
The steep drop is where I tared the unit. it still has me at 1.055 or greater. Hydrometer = 1.023
August 27, 2018
Purchased
9 months ago
Not even worth it at half price
I bought a pair of these to run a test with a 10 gallon batch of wort which I split into two 5 gallon batches to run two different yeasts in a side by side test. I really wanted the rate of attenuation that the Brew Perfect promises.
After setting up my account on the brew perfect site and getting the two units set up on my network, (both units took multiple attempts before they eventually showed up). I began brewing the wort. The brewing part went to plan and I took both a hydrometer and refractometer reading for each batch, then pitched the two batches of yeast at the same temperature. Next I put each unit in its fermenter and waited an hour as instructed.
The final step before sitting back and watching the data roll in was to calibrate each unit with the brew and make sure they were working properly. Problem was that I kept getting an error on the app that said that the calibration had timed out. This error popped up the instant I hit the calibration button.
Eventually I gave up on calibrating and simply started a brew. I was brewing a saison which had an original SG of 1.035 (consistent between refractometer and hydrometer). The Brew Perfect unit was reporting a SG of 1.404. Not even close.
In frustration I decided to start the brew anyway figuring that it would at least give me some idea of how the two yeasts compared in terms of performance since both units were giving me the same crappy readings. Went to sleep angry.
Woke up and checked the website only to find that not only had none of the data been recorded, but the system had erased both of my brews.
In short, I am so dissatisfied with this POS that I would feel bad selling it on Ebay because I couldn't do that to another human being.
Suggestions for the manufacturer:
Why the hell are you doing this over WiFi? The user has to use their phone to flash the WiFi settings so you know they have a phone. I get that you think that remote access to up to the minute attenuation and temperature data is a big deal, but speaking from my own perspective, accurate data for future repeatability and adjustment is what I'm looking for. People who have brewed enough to make this a worth while purchase are going to already have an established fermentation spot with consistent temperature.
I also understand your desire to attempt to create an on line brewing community but that also does not require up to date data. I know I would rather share my brews when they are final rather than when they are in progress. The far more effective solution would be to add recipe datapoints to the user data entry in the app and allow the user to share the completed recipe along with tasting notes once they have finished the brew.
May 26, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Total disappointment.
Terrible back end services. Save your money and suck it up by hydrometering your own samples. Worked well two years ago now forget it! Down servers,terrible connection problems and no local (your house) monitoring.
January 23, 2018
Purchased
10 months ago
Terrible, don't bother
It was difficult to set up, first website sent me to a second website where I had to input all the same information again, the app is defunct, the instructions are awful at best, the data points don't show up consistently, I had to push the activity button on the device every time I wanted data as the data never automatically populated as I set it up to do every hour. Then to top it all off the battery only lasted less than three days!!! This is the first product I am returning to MoreBeer, not their fault but this thing is totally unusable they should remove it from their catalog of products.
All that said this is a great concept but MUCH more work is needed to make it a valuable much less usable device. I'll read the reviews next time and see where this gadget is in s couple of years.
September 23, 2017
Now useless. Wait until the BeerBug service is fixed.
The idea is neat, but the execution is terrible, due to recurrent bugs and problems on its infrastructure. The BeerBug needs the cloud to work, and it looks like they are struggling with it.

The BeerBug is supposed to:
- Track the gravity of the fermenting brew.
- Record the temperature, ambient or of the wort.
- Through a web interface, show the graphs and the current numbers.
- Be able to start collecting the data, and save it when finished.
These are not delivered on a consistent basis.

1/ A recurrent problem:
It is very useful to know when the fermentation finishes.
-> Often the graphs and the current data are not shown for several days in a row, making it useless. And it happens near the end of the fermentation, of course.

2/ For example just today:
- Ending the recording of the data took forever and ended up failing. It looks like the history of the brew got lost.
- The system is stuck when starting a new brew, at the calibration stage. This is supposed to be done 1 hour after pitching. Not 2 or 3 days after the fermentation started.

The BeerBug needs to connect to a server (and a database) to be able to function. The main problem is that often this infrastructure is not functioning properly. When it happens on the brew day, or close to the end of the fermentation, it is very frustrating, considering the price tag,

The support is provided by e-mail and responsive during the business days. But no support on week-ends, when I (and many other) brew.

For now I think it is better to get a device that does not depend on an external server, like the Tilt.

June 11, 2017
Might be good
Directions don't exist. There are no written instructions with the Beer Bug. They say to go online and there isn't anything there. I sent them an email after I searched for an email address. When I tried to hook up to wifi it said the beer bug I had didn't work. They said we are having problems with our beer bugs. We will inform you when we fix the problem. Huh? Why not just wait until they are ok BEFORE you send them out!!! I'm sure it will be good once it is working but this is frustrating.
January 9, 2017
Don't buy this!
Worked great for a few brews. Loved it! Now the app and Web no longer works. Nothing about resolving the problem. Without out it total waste of money. The company will not respond to me or anyone that has this same issue.
September 25, 2016
Cool concept, bad product
I've used it for 6+ batches and I'm not satisfied that it's worth anywhere near what I paid. It's very finicky. It's has consistently given me bad readings. I've meticulously tried to handle this thing with "kid gloves" and cleaned it carefully after each use. I try to not go anywhere near my fermentation chamber either so I don't throw vibrations that could be used as an excuse to say my readings are off. I've had a couple batches that have showed a stuck fermentation and I've had to use the ol' hydrometer to put me at ease after a couple of days of angst. Even now I have a beer 6 days in that shows that I've only dropped 3 points. Best of all, the customer service isn't great. Although they reply fast, they are not receptive and always try to steer the conversation away from anything negative that their product is doing. I'm not naive to think that may be part to blame for this thing not working for me but my collective experience shows that it's not worth the price tag our the headache. I hope it's just something wrong with my unit but I regret spending the money. I will continue to try to make it work since I've spent so much money on it until I can't handle dealing with it. Bummer
September 17, 2016
Could have been a fun toy
The 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 7, 2016
love it
I received this a week before my brew day, and having read reviews about difficulties setting it up, I spent one evening getting it online. Admittedly it was not easy, it took about an hour and a half. The worst part is it is difficult to set up because the instructions are not very good and the information is not in any one place. After I found a video on The Beer Bug support page, I was able to get it done. Now that the hard part is over this thing is very helpful. Three times now I have made adjustments to my fermentation chamber temperatures to keep it in my desired range. And watching the fermentation develop added to the enjoyment of the process.

I would give this five stars if it were easier to set up, but since the set up is part of the user expierence I have rated it four stars.

A recommendation to The Beer Bug staff would be to put a complete video of how to set up the bug on You Tube. Doing that would eliminate a ton of your customers frustrations.
December 29, 2015