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Old 10-29-2007, 12:24 PM   #1
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Default So you taste your hydrometer sample?

Well, let this be a warning. I took a sample today of a brew on its way into the bottling bucket and got a really weird reading: o.998?????? "That can't be right" I thought to myself. Somehow I figured a taste was in order..... "What the heck is that!" I thought when I felt something solid bump off my lip on its way into my mouth. Needless to say, I spit out everything, then spit a few more times for good measure. It wasn't long before I realized the salty taste of blood. "Ah-Ha!" both sensations were quickly explained when I looked into the wine thief to see a broken hydrometer . Glass is really sharp, BTW. Nothing severe, but I did cut my lip and tongue in the process. Heads up to everyone, I guess.

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My hydrometer is plastic FTW! What was teh solid lumpy thing? Glass? That's makes me cringe to think about.

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Yep, It was definitely a tiny piece of glass. I'm just glad of three things:

1. It wasn't a piece of lead
2. I didn't swallow anything
3. I didn't need stitches on my tongue!

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Old 10-29-2007, 01:39 PM   #4
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I usually drink all my samples, but not the same way you did...OUCH!! Sorry, dude.

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I do but not out of the thief.

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I do but I take the hydrometer out first

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One word: refractometer...

nuff said

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refractometer: #1,382 on my list of things I need for brewing. Right below diamond-encrusted gold-plated fermenter.

I usually take the hydrometer out of the test tube after I get the reading, and pour the beer into a beer glass...so the chances of this horrendous accident happening with me are almost nil.

I feel for ya, though...that sounds hideous.

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My hydrometer is plastic FTW! What was teh solid lumpy thing? Glass? That's makes me cringe to think about.
yea, I'm a dumba$$. My test tube is plastic .... what I thought you were talking about. I actually broke my hydrometer once, but it was from a drop in the sink.
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I usually take the hydrometer out of the test tube after I get the reading, and pour the beer into a beer glass...so the chances of this horrendous accident happening with me are almost nil.
I do it just the same way. Great Evans think alike, I guess.

I've found that this is an excuse to take more hydrometer readings than are necessary -- I just want to taste what's going on in that magical fermenter!
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