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Old 07-22-2013, 11:29 AM   #1
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Default Hydrometer calibration changing over time?

Anyone had a hydrometer fall out of calibration? I noticed the last couple batches finishing a little higher than expected, so I double checked the last one with a second (and finally a third) hydrometer only to find out that my "primary" hydrometer was off by .003. Not a huge deal, but I go through great pains to check out newly purchased hydrometers and I KNOW this one was on the money ~6 months ago. Verified offset with distilled water at 60 deg...suspicion comfirmed...

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Old 07-22-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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i once had a hydrometer that developed what i think was a small hairline crack. everything was off by about 0.01

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i once had a hydrometer that developed what i think was a small hairline crack. everything was off by about 0.01
Yea, I expected to find a crack of some kind, but it is still solid as a rock...
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Did the paper scale shift? Most of them that I've seen are just held in place by friction to the glass.

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Old 07-23-2013, 12:52 PM   #5
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Did the paper scale shift? Most of them that I've seen are just held in place by friction to the glass.
This has happens to one of mine. I made a mark on the last one to verify whether it has moved or not.
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Definitely can't rule that out. Good idea adding the marks at least for a sanity check!

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I just noticed my hydrometer changed. I calibrated it (or rather, checked it's accuracy) with distilled water when I bought it - .003 low. Now, about 6 months later, I checked it again and it's .009 too high! It changed by .012 I didn't think to check the paper movement, but when I get home I'll see if I can get it to move by shaking it...

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Did the paper scale shift? Most of them that I've seen are just held in place by friction to the glass.
I can't think of any other way a weighted floating piece of glass would go out of calibration.
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Note that even when they read correctly at 1.000, they can still be off at the high end. You should do a 2-point calibration check.

I had 3 hydrometers and one of them had this linearity issue. It was easy to verify against the other two, as well as a refractometer. It was close to 10 points off at 1.100

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I can't think of any other way a weighted floating piece of glass would go out of calibration.
Good point. Although I wonder if something changed with my distilled water? I bought it and used it for the first calibration several months ago, then stored some of it in a grolsch bottle. Could the distilled water properties have changed?
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