At least someone’s having a decent pandemic. Brewing America, a producer of alcohol and brewing hydrometer test kits (popular with home brewers), has recently reported record sales online since the onset of Covid-19. The company says its sales have effectively doubled. Why? At-home, DIY hand sanitizer making apparently. According to the press release and company CEO and spokesperson Kyle Hove:
“We are seeing a huge jump in the home hand sanitizer making trend, something we did not expect. This is causing an enormous impact on our market and the hydrometer industry right now. The population is finding uses for hydrometers beyond the traditional home-brewing,” Hove states.
Brewing America products offers a variety of American-made alcohol hydrometer products on its website, ranging from single hydrometers to full test kits. Its products have been widely used among home brewing enthusiasts in the last several years. Now, the demand for hand sanitizers has been so strong, people are turning to making their own, just like some craft breweries are.
“Alcohol hydrometer test kits are used to measure the specific gravity of the liquid you’re fermenting, and helps determine the alcohol by volume you are producing. It’s a very important step in the homebrewing–and now hand sanitizing–making process. The FDA states that hydrometers are an acceptable method for determining alcohol content in these solutions,” Hove continues.
With its recent surge, the company continues to grow, recently launching a cold brew coffee system with a patented lid–the first of its kind to the market. Featuring a wide mouth mason jar, filter and funnel, the product is anticipated to make a splash in the at-home beverage brewing sector, including infused teas, alcohol and cold brew. Here’s a bonus video on how to check your hydrometer for accuracy!