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Old 04-03-2013, 04:57 AM   #11
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I also like to use the hydrometer to taste a sample, to see if there are any other issues..
I stick a straw down through the air lock hole about 3 inches into the wort. I deposit 2 drops on the refractometer and taste the rest..
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:36 AM   #12
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I see more error from people reading a hydrometer. Always viewing the meniscus from whatever angle gets the results they are hoping to see.
I forgot to mention.... This is all under the assumption that the user of the equipment understands how to properly use the equipment. Thanks for pointing that out iaefebs!
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:12 AM   #13
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I calibrate both my refractometer and hydrometer with distilled water at 60 o. They are both dead on for the FG using Beersmith. I no longer use the hydrometer. The refractometer is so much easier and faster.

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Old 04-03-2013, 07:29 AM   #14
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I calibrate both my refractometer and hydrometer with distilled water at 60 o. They are both dead on for the FG using Beersmith. I no longer use the hydrometer. The refractometer is so much easier and faster.
same here. last few beers i have taken both hydrometer and refractometer readings for the FG, and using beersmiths built in tool to convert, the results have been identical.
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Thanks for all the help. I get it now. I didn't realize that Beersmith has a conversion tool...too bad it's for Brix ....my refractometer reads in SG. Where is the coversion tool for brix to sg??

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