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Old 10-21-2008, 06:33 PM   #1
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This is my second batch. I did not use a hydrometer on my first batch (I didn't want to take "unnecessary" risk the first time out).

In any case, what is the proper method for taking a FG reading from the primary? Should I pour it into a glass or siphon it? I didn't know if disturbing the sediment on the side of the carboy would be an issue or not. One of the biggest things I read about is sanitation so I'm leary about putting anything in contact with the brew. Thanks.

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Old 10-21-2008, 06:37 PM   #2
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Get a wine thief or a standard turkey baster. Sanitize thoroughly.

I presume you got a sample flask (looks like a graduated cylinder) with your hydrometer...? Over the sink, use your thief of baster to fill the sample flask two-thirds full. Drop your hydrometer into the sample flask and give it a spin with a flick of the fingers. Spin several times to de-gas the sample. Read the meniscus and record the result, correcting for temperature if required.

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Old 10-21-2008, 06:38 PM   #3
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Don't pour it! You don't want to aerate or stir up the sediment. They sell things to help, like a wine thief. I still just use a sanitized turkey baster, though.

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Thanks. I'll use the turkey baster.

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Hm, I pop the lid, drop in the sanitized hydrometer and spin it...no ill effects yet.

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Hm, I pop the lid, drop in the sanitized hydrometer and spin it...no ill effects yet.
You can do that. However, the word carboy in the original post might be a clue as to how that solution isn't exactly appropriate.



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crap. overlooked that one.

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