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Beermometer: Solving a Problem or Wasting a Buck?

I’m all for industrious folks making a buck, but sometimes you have to ask – do we really need this new doohicky?  In this case, it’s the $0.99 Beermometer app, a new way to keep track of the beers you are chilling. 

I have to admit that the way it works is pretty clever.  It asks you to input the type of vessel you are chilling (can, bottle, etc.), the current atmospheric condition of your beer (such as room temperature), and where you are putting it (say outside in the winter).  It can even use GPS and weather data to determine what’s happening out there.  It then calculates how long your beer should be left to chill using the principle of temperature decay and alerts you (via email, text, or tweet) when you beer is ready.

Or you could just remember that you have a beer chilling, stoner.

Perhaps I’m jaded because I prefer most of my beers at room temperature, but this app solves a problem that I just don’t have. I haven’t had a beer blow up on me in…ever.  Maybe a Coke Classic when I was a kid, but that worked out for the best, as I got to enjoy a frozen coke instead.

While I appreciate the concept and design of the Berrmometer, I wonder if this isn’t another step towards Idiocracy.  I mean, if you can’t manage to chill your beer without destroying it, should you really be drinking?  Besides, you probably already ate your iPhone, moron.

But that’s just my take on it.  What do you think?  Worth a buck or sign of the apocalypse?

Temperature Setting UPDATE: Our pal Zac suggested that this app let you set the temp you desire for your beer – after all, pilsners and stouts are better at different temperatures.  I dropped a line to the guys over at Beermometer, and here’s what they had to say:

There have been 2 complaints we’ve heard:
1) It’s not available on Android and, more importantly,
2) “Beer shouldn’t always be cold!”

Sure that’s a generalization, but it’s pretty clear we need to appeal to a broader demographic and let people choose a better end result. We’re not sure if we should just give people a temperature slider or actually throw in ideal temperatures for the different kinds – any thoughts?  More to the point of your question – the app’s ‘A Little Cool’ temperature setting is set to be 53.6 F/12 C.

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13 Comments on “Beermometer: Solving a Problem or Wasting a Buck?”

  1. June 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Apocalypse for sure. By the way the poopometer would be genius.

    PS is there any room on the blog roll for a fatcat in kc?

    • June 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

      I agree about the poopometer. It’d pay for itself in a week with all the underwear I’d save.

      Just added you to the blogroll – it was overdue – sorry!

      • June 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

        Thank you sirs!

        This reminds me of a comedians bit saying we rely too much on technology. If aliens wanted to take over the earth they would just have to reprogram our gps’s to turn right off the cliff. We would turn without even questioning it. He also said if he lost his cell phone he would have to make all new friends because he doesn’t know anyones number. Priceless and true!

        • June 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

          Yeah – “how will I know if my beer’s cold if my phone doesn’t tell me?”

          I dunno. Feel it maybe?

  2. Don
    June 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    I think they should just put blue mountains on all the cans and bottles. Problem solved!

    • June 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

      Only if they rifle the bottle neck t make it easier to aim your pour. It’s soooo hard to hit the glass!

  3. June 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Welcome to Costco. I love you. Welcome to Costco. I love you.

    Honestly, I think it’s a neat little thing but not worth a dollar to me because, as you say, I can remember to take my freakin’ beer out of the sub-freezing temperatures.

    • June 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      It would be good for goldfish. they have shit for memory.

      • June 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

        I just about spit out my coffee there.

  4. June 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    I think it would be worth it if you could set a desired temperature. Imagine chilling an imperial stout or pilsner to precisely the temperature you desire. Someone missed the boat on this one and should rethink it.

    • June 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      That actually would be very cool, Zac. Think I’ll reach out…

  5. ScottG
    June 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    It’s a solution to a problem I never knew I had.

    Or I could just do what I normally do and pull what I want out of the fridge when I get home and by the time I’m ready, so is it. Plus, it really gives me something to look forward to on the commute home. The DC beltway is soul crushing.

    I’ve got to agree with the set your own temp feature. That would be pretty cool.

    • June 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

      I kind of like pouring a cold stout into my glass and taking patient little sips until the flavor opens up as it warms, so I get your point on anticipation. Of course, I mostly just keep my stouts at room temp these days, as they are always so much fuller that way and there’s no need to wait. I’ll just set my Beermometer for “never mind.”

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