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Old 03-14-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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Default How do you draw your hydrometer samples?

I use a 5 gallon bucket for primary. How do you draw your hydrometer samples? Do you just scoop some out with a sterilized cup? Turkey baster?

Seems like there should be a better instrument to draw a sample....

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Old 03-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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This is what I use, and it works with both buckets and carboys.

I replaced the plastic one a year ago with an extra long stainless baster from a kitchen ware store and it is awesome. But the plastic one from any grocery store works fine.



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Here's what I do....

1) With a spray bottle filled with starsan I spray the lid of my bucket, or the mouth of the carboy, including the bung. Then I spray my turkey baster inside and out with sanitize (or dunking it in a container of sanitizer).

2) Open fermenter.

3) Draw Sample

4) fill sample jar (usualy 2-3 turky baster draws

5)Spray bung or lid with sanitizer again

6) Close lid or bung

6) add hydrometer and take reading

It is less than 30 seconds from the time the lid is removed until it is closed again. More like 15 if you ask me.

Probably less if you have help. And unless a bird flies in your place and lets go with some poop, you should be okay.

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Old 03-14-2012, 07:39 PM   #3
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I have a stainless steel wine thief. Works pretty good.

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Some folks like a wine thief, but I found that it dribbled just a much if not more than a turkey baster.

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Old 03-14-2012, 07:41 PM   #5
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You can get a wine thief but having both, the baster probably works better.

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You can get a wine thief but having both, the baster probably works better.
+1, I have both and the turkey baster works much better..
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:42 PM   #7
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I had an issue with my plastic turkey baster so I trashed it in favor of the wine thief.

Caused some off flavors in 2 batches I think.

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I use a cheap plastic thief that come apart in three pieces.

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I use a cheap plastic thief that come apart in three pieces.

This basically following Revvy's technique. My thief leaks back like mad though unless I give it a couple good twists when putting it together.

Oh and be sure to drink the leftovers. Helps learn how things taste along the way and can give you an idea how your beer is coming along.
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Caused some off flavors in 2 batches I think.
Why the heck would you think that?
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