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robmee 09-07-2005 09:09 PM

How often should I take a sample....
 
I am still new, so sorry for the semi stupid question. Should I sample often to check on the progression or just plug it up and let it sit till it stops bubbling? I have a thief and as much as I want to return the sample, I just can't bring myself to pour it back down the carboy's thoat, so I pour it down mine hehe. I know that I increase the chance of infection w/samples but as long as I sanitize it should be ok....I think. I do check the gravity with the the sample gone from 1.053 to 1.030 in 3 days so that is atleast good (IPA extract brew)

Uncle Fat 09-07-2005 09:22 PM

Your beer will tell you when it's done. Don't rush it.

kenmc 09-07-2005 09:42 PM

i generally leave it till I don't notice it bubbling so much any more, and then take a sample. I keep that sample for a couple of days so I can see if the gravity changes at all, if it doesn't then I bottle.
Course I taste the sample a bit too... but basically i open the fermenter as little as possible.

Rhoobarb 09-07-2005 10:03 PM

Same here. Once the bubbling in the airlock is down to about once a minute or longer, then I rack to secondary. I usually take an SG reading then. And I never return the sample to the carboy.

homebrewer_99 09-07-2005 11:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rhoobarb
Same here. Once the bubbling in the airlock is down to about once a minute or longer, then I rack to secondary. I usually take an SG reading then. And I never return the sample to the carboy.

Same here. I NEVER return my sample OR my thief back into the brew.

Actually you can take your sample as you're racking to the secondary without using your thief.


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