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dsabra11 06-04-2010 12:35 AM

What is this glass piece of equipment?
Hi. First time posting. New homebrewer here. I have done 3 5-gal batches and so far, so good. Just moved to Gainesville, and this nice guy who I bought a bike from gave me some remnants from when he used to brew mead. Other than the waaaaaay old yeast, I was familiar and had used everything he gave me except for this one piece. Do you know what it is? I've never seen one? Description below:

Glass, approximately 5" tall, probably .75 cm diameter going up from the small spout until it branches out to a wider part for the last inch. There are numbers marked on the side, and they go from 0 to 5 to 10 to 15 to 20, but are spaced unevenly. Very thin opening through the middle. Maybe this is to test thickness/viscosity?

If you send me a message I can send you a picture. Thanks in advance, and happy brewing.


wyzazz 06-04-2010 01:13 AM

Hydrometer? Like this...


DoubleXL 06-04-2010 01:38 AM

Sounds like a Vino-o-meter . Used to measure alcohol content. Hope the pic comes out.

dsabra11 06-04-2010 03:22 AM

yes, that is it! thank you! makes sense since he was a mead/wine-brewer

DoubleXL 06-04-2010 04:40 AM

Oh and btw a little late i know but still Welcome to Home Brew Talk

mattd2 06-04-2010 07:51 AM

Yeah welcome dsabra11, and Double how does that vino-o-meter work?

DoubleXL 06-05-2010 05:48 AM

This is a copy and paste for another site but it is how I have used a Vino-O-Meter in the past.
" This device can be used to directly measure the final alcohol in a wine. To use put a small sample of the wine in the funnel end, the wine will run down the capillary tube and start to drip from the far end. Wait until a few drips have come through and then turn the Vin-O-Meter upside down and place on a flat surface. The wine will drop back along the capillary tube and where it stops against the index is a direct reading of the percentage of alcohol by volume (ABV). If you put undiluted wine into the Vin-O-Meter the reading is a direct measurement of the alcohol content. However for a more accurate reading the wine can be diluted 50:50 with water, in which case you need to DOUBLE the reading. The range of the scale for undiluted wine is 0 to 25% ABV but clearly this can be extended by diluting the wine. Solids and particles in the wine can affect the reading. The unit should be thoroughly cleaned after use."

zymurgy101 06-06-2010 01:51 AM

How much home brew had you consumed? Are you sure it wasn't this? ;)


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