Water Activity (aw) Meters

Discussion in 'Drying/Dehydrating' started by wade, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Does anyone have experience of current Water Activity meters and have any recommendations as to reasonably priced products and manufacturers. I am looking to buy one of my own but as they are quite expensive I am looking for advice.

    Cheers

    Wade
     
  2. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Wade, not had any dealings with these type of meters, but I could not leave you hanging there!

    This will totally blow Danny's mind, you have only just talked him into using a Thermometer!!

    Smokin Monkey �
     
  3. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Steve [​IMG]

    They are essential pieces of kit for predicting (as opposed to guessing) the expected shelf life of the food - especially things like salami, smoked salmon, BBQ sauces etc. Unfortunately the lowest priced ones that I can see here in the UK are in the range of £1,400 + VAT ! The one I want (in my dreams) is over £6K. I would have to mug a lot of old ladies to raise that kind of money! The trouble is that most of them are stronger than me.
     
  4. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Danny is a creature of habit but yes you can teach an old dog new tricks... even one from Texas. The trouble is that with sufficient experience the traditional ways work - so sometimes its hard to justify changing. Isn't that so Danny [​IMG]  
     
  5. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow, that's a lot of Money! But if your looking to supply foods, then that's what's needed.

    I used to know a Cheif Engineer, who would put his hand on a refrigeration compressor cylinder head, and say it's running to hot or cold!

    I think we are use to using all the gadgets we can get our hands on, but not knowing the basics is no excuse.

    Steve
     

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