Equipment review: HM Digital pH 200 pH meter

I bought this pH meter the summer of 2017 from Amazon.ca when my Jenco pH630 needed a new electrode and I needed a meter fast! The first one didn’t work, so the company replaced it with a new one very quickly, which was impressive. The HM Digital pH 200 is a pen type pH meter…...

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Equipment review: Apera pH 20 pH meter

This one has a cute feature: When you reach the pH measurement you want or when it’s done measuring, it gives you a little smiley face.  This pH meter has a glass electrode. It measures temperature – 0˚C to 50˚C, +/- 0.5˚C – and has automatic temperature compensation (ATC). It measures pH 0 to 14, but…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Part five: What to look for in a meter

In part one of this series, we took a look at the chemistry of acids and bases. In part two, we took a look at how pH strips work. In part three, we reviewed some of the pH strips I’ve played with in my workshop. In part four, we looked at how to use a…...

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Equipment review: Jenco pH610B pH meter

This one works with your smart phone using a free or paid app, and it has no screen! This one has a gel filled, single junction glass electrode, like most others. It can measure a pH range of 0 to 14, It measures temperature from 0˚C to 50˚C, +/- 0.5˚C, but it doesn’t note that it has…...

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Equipment review: High shear mixers – Chefman 300W Soft-Touch Rubberized Ice Crushing Immersion Blender

Thanks to your monthly subscriptions, I can buy equipment and share my thoughts and experiences with you! I’ve been collecting quite a few different things – scales, thermometers, mixers, pH meters, and more – and using them in my classes, at home, with my youth programs, and everywhere else I can, and I hope my…...

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Get a bloody thermometer already! Equipment review

As I’ve been as wandering around the ‘net over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed people aren’t bothering to measure the temperature of their products any more. A popular blogger makes lotions by telling you to put the heated water phase and heated oil phase in a double boiler, then tells you to remove it…...

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Discussion: Let’s talk about mixers!

In the August Q&A, there were a few questions about different mixers! As an aside, I’ve been gathering all kinds of mixers over the last year that I’ve been testing to share with you, but I got bogged down because I wanted to set up my new viscometer so I had exact numbers instead of…...

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Discussion: What tools or small pieces of equipment rock your world? 

I admit that I’m a bit of a tool freak in the workshop. (Wow, that sounded way less suggestive in my head…) I love finding something that’ll make my life slightly easier when it comes to measuring, mixing, creating, testing, packaging, or anything else! One of my new favourite things is this giant fork from…...

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Discussion: What piece of equipment are you hankering for?

I have two things I would love to own – a mixer that I don’t have to hold and a magnestic stirring hot plate. The magnetic stirring hot plate would do two things – stir and heat, which would be awesome. You get a little metal capsule, which you put into the beaker, then it…...

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Do you need to measure the pH of your products? If so, do you need a meter, or can the strips work just as well?

We took a look at various pH meters yesterday, so let’s ask the most important question of all today – Do you need a pH meter? And what’s the advantage of using a pH meter over pH strips? The first question should be – Do you need to measure the pH of your products? If you’re making…...

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