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I received this interesting information from a friend of mine who spoke with a technical services representative from EMD, the producers of the ColorpHast plastic pH strips.

The Rep said that to use ColorpHast strips correctly, the strip immersion time must be from 1-10 minutes until no further change is noticed.  He said that this is because of the very low ionic concentrations of what brewers measure, (ie: water/mash/wort/beer).  He went on to say that the quick "Dip and Read" will NOT render a correct pH measurement.  He also confirmed that the strips do read about 0.2 - 0.3 units low at mash temp. So the findings of Kai Troester and AJ Delange about the readings of these strips are confirmed. 

Another thing the EMD Rep mentioned, was that ColorpHast strips have an expiration date of 3-5 years IF they are stored in a closed container with a desiccant (moisture-removing agent).  Apparently the strips are adversely affected by air moisture.   If the strips are not carefully stored and protected, they have a typical shelf life of 1-2 years.


Thanks, Martin! I think for my next few brews I'll compare a long immersion with the "dip and read". I've been trying to reconcile some inconsistencies I've been seeing with the strips, so this may explain some things.

I think a pH meter is going to be my next brewing toy...

Thanks Martin, I may play with my strips again and see how they read.  They're old so they'll probably be off, but that's fine, I want to check it out anyway. :)

Thanks Martin - as always, bringing great info to the table.

--- Quote from: a10t2 on October 25, 2012, 11:21:06 PM ---I think a pH meter is going to be my next brewing toy...

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you know what's funny, I still use the strips and a meter...then again I use my refracto and hydrometer and compare too - guess I'm weird.

I use Precision Labs' pH strips  I wonder if it suffers from some of the same issues.  I'll have to check it out.  Without ever using the ColorpHast, I think the Precision Lab stuff would work better because they operate over a narrower range.


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