The pH reading of a solution/substance is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. In essence, pH readings should always be carried out in scientific experiments that involve water or other chemical reactions. One of the most popular devices for determining the pH of a solution is the pH meter. To know more about the basics of beginning to use a pH meter, you may consider going through the article on getting started with a pH meter.
But you may have wondered if there existed some other popular applications of the pH meter in the real world environment. In this fascinating edition, we ventured to showcase the top 5 applications of the pH meter. Let’s begin with:
1. In brewing wine: Well now, you have probably tasted some two different brands of wine before an felt like one had some “tongue stinging effect”; a tart-like taste that is often just too awesome while another just tastes flat like a cup of distilled water, haven’t you? Now acidity is often responsible for that great taste. Wine brewing industry uses pH meters to balance the pH level of wine in some considerably low pH like 3.7 which is often ideal to give you the great taste in wines.
2. Cheese production: it’s not just the brewers that use the pH meter; the dairy industry uses the pH meters just as much in the production of foods like yoghurts and cheeses. Both wine and cheese are to have some acidity; just that cheeses are required to have a lightly lower acidity (higher pH) than the wines. Cheeses often have a pH of around 5.4.
3. In farming – soil evaluation: different plants and organisms have different preferences of soil preferences. Then again, generally alkaline environments are often preferable to acidic environments for most crops. This is because acidic soils tend to weld up required minerals. Thus, the farming industry, in the production of fertilizers, does a great deal in testing different soils and preparing various fertilizers (usually basic in nature) that suit different plants.
4. In the swimming pool too! Keeping an averagely neutral water environment does determine how comfortable one gets to enjoy swimming in the swimming pools. Our bodies get itchy on acidic environments. Now, you may not have known this, but different factors come to play in most swimming pools, one being the aspect of chlorinating the water (to clean it), use of cosmetics that users do smear on their bodies, some oils, sun, some dirt, …name them may interfere with the pH. Constantly a pool’s pH is monitored to make it ideal for swimming.
5. Production of detergents: this is another giant industry where pH reading via pH meters is highly required. Different fabrics and possible stains are often tested (their pH level) in order to determine the best method of cleaning them.