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  1. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    I have nothing brewing at the moment, but I have noticed Ubidots miss the odd report. I have just assumed that the report was missed by my router.
  2. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    I had no issues building or setting up my iSpindel, I will admit I struggled a little getting Ubidots working. No doubt it does need a bit of savvy to get it working, but it doesn't need bluetooth device to be dedicated to it and its data is accessible anywhere you happen to be.
  3. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    iSpindel is much cheaper and has much more user involvement.
  4. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    Which was exactly what happened to me earlier this week. I had a batch on the go, nearing completion and I just wanted to check back on the graph of of one of my previous batches. I used too wide a date range, which downloaded many more data dots than I really needed - result was an instant lock...
  5. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    It took me a couple of days before I finally got Ubidots to work. It is very easy to set up, though not at all obvious.
  6. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    Yes please, but I will not be doing any more brews for maybe a few months now. I am fully stocked :cool:
  7. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    On some brewing forum, maybe this one, I came across a mention of this website which offers the facility of collecting, storing and an ability to display the graph data from an iSpindel and at no charge - all with no obvious limits on how frequently the data is sent or how often the graphs can...
  8. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    I have just locked myself out of Ubidots too. I was trying find the graphs for my last brew. Not sure of the dates, I configured for a wide range, then trimmed the dates down a bit, but it locked me out on the third attempt. Would be much better if it made the problem clear rather than the...
  9. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    I have just locked myself out of Ubidots too. I was trying find the graphs for my last brew. Not sure of the dates, I configured for a wide range, then trimmed the dates down a bit, but it locked me out on the third attempt. Would be much better if it made the problem clear rather than the...
  10. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    Yes please, if you can make it 'super easy' for a novice to this sort of thing.
  11. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    I soon ran into that problem, whilst assessing my newly built iSpindel a few weeks ago. Never set Ubidots to 'Enable Realtime' ( right pointing arrow upper right), that rapidly reloads and updates your Ubidots webpage and will very rapidly use up your Ubidots data allowance. Instead, only use...
  12. Harry Bloomfield

    Degassing via vacuum

    I would have thought that pouring from a height would introduce a lot of air (oxygen)? I try to minimise the introduction of oxygen when racking wine into bottles, but when a red has been opened ready for drinking, I decant it deliberately pouring from a height to introduce oxygen. That...
  13. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    I have a batch on now and reporting every 15 minutes, absolutely regularly - as it has done with earlier batches. Distance between the router and the iSpindel is about 15 feet, with the thickness of two brick walls between them, in a plastic FV. The reported signal strength varies between -57...
  14. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    There are two suggested solutions... 1. Electrically insulate the lid of the FV, from the body of the FV. 2. A passive antenna system - small receiving antenna inside the FV, short bit of coax leading out of the FV, sealed where it exits, then the top end of the coax stripped back a little way...
  15. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    On my WEMOS, it is at the top, by the charging socket. Look a wiggly track on the pcb, like castellations - that is the antenna. The water is the least of the problems for reception. For the size of the unit, it puts out a very strong signal.
  16. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    I am now on my third brew, using the iSpindle and it is absolutely great, it being so easy to monitor it at a distance. I have always struggled to read with any accuracy an hydrometer and the iSpindel produces such great accuracy. I would point out a couple of things to be aware of... The XL...
  17. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    You do not necessarily need to the use of a 3D printer, not all versions of the hardware layout, need the printed sled. The V4 PCB plus 'big XL' PET doesn't need a sled. That PCB needs to be slightly filed along both long sides, plus the bottom corners to be rounded to fit the bottom of the PET
  18. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    Without recharging the iSpindel, because it still had a good level of charge remaining from fermenting my 5gall of wine (begun 20 days ago), I started a 5gall batch of Wilko Geordie Scottish Export on Wednesday. The fermentation went ahead well, until yesterday lunch (24 hours later), when it...
  19. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    The reported voltage, has no bearing on how long it is able to send its data, so I would suspect that battery. Torchy in the UK, as a source is well recommended, they have a good reputation. From memory of the circuit, I think the resistors set the reported voltage - get those wrong and you...
  20. Harry Bloomfield

    iSpindel - digital WiFi hydrometer

    Right settings for what? If you mean the voltage calibration, there is a factor in the iSpindel's calibration screen, to adjust that. You will need an accurate voltmeter to check the voltage, whilst at the same time check what the iSpindel is actually reporting as the battery voltage. Mine was...
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