quick question, how are you guys pulling samples for gravity readings from gallon batches? do you sanitize your sample tube and dump back in or just consider it a taste?
just wondering because the more beer that makes it to the end the better, right?
i usually use a sanitized wine thief for my high gravity, regular yeast, special small batch brews and just drain the beer back into the carboys after taking a reading in the wine thief, but just concerned that the wine thief will keep some bugs with it. i don't mind keeping a separate wine thief, but also don't want to be mixing bug small batch with different bug small batch (at least for now as i experiment with different bugs and their flavors).