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Old 10-06-2006, 07:20 PM   #1
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I must be stupid, I cant figure out how to use the glass wine theif that I ordered. It is only about a foot long glass tube. It doesnt go far enough into the carboy to get enough liquid for a hydrometer reading... Am I missing something?? It is the fermtech glass wine theif...

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Old 10-06-2006, 07:31 PM   #2
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It has a type of check valve in the tip. Once you have the end of it in the beer you need to thrust it up and down (those with a dirty mind, shame on you). Each time you thrust it down, the level in the thief will increase. The little check valve will keep that level in the thief. Just keep doing it until the level rises enough to be able to float the hydrometer.

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Old 10-06-2006, 07:34 PM   #3
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It has a type of check valve in the tip. Once you have the end of it in the beer you need to thrust it up and down (those with a dirty mind, shame on you). Each time you thrust it down, the level in the thief will increase. The little check valve will keep that level in the thief. Just keep doing it until the level rises enough to be able to float the hydrometer.

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I know the process you're talking about. I do that to get the Star-San bubbles off of my syphon and thief before using them.
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Nope, I tried this with both ends...

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My theif looks kinda like this... thrusting doesnt really do squat for this POS
http://www.brewersartsupply.com/images/glassthief.jpg

I lied, its also not a fermtech I dont think, its a glass tube. It came in a hydrometer cylinder type case, maybe i'm supposed to use that with it for something? I tried thrusting it with both ends, putting my finger on it during the upthrust, nothing, I cant get the thing to fill with water.

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Old 10-06-2006, 07:45 PM   #6
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Don't you just dip it into the liquid and then put your finger on the top? That will hold the liquid until you put it into your hydrometer testing vessel.

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Is it open on both ends? If it is, I think it works like Dude said, like a straw.

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I can do that, but I dont get enough liquid, I guess i'd have to do it 3 or 4 times. I was thinking it was a one step operation because they are advertized as "easy", I guess its just a case of things not being what I expected. I got so used to using my auto-syphon to "draw up" the liquid that this seems rather pointless.

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Is it open on both ends?
Yep, its open on both ends
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Just place it in the liquid. When the level inside the tube is the same as the level outside the tube you place your thumb over the hole to create a vacuum and remove the tube from the fermenter.

Place the tube over your test tube/glass, lift your thumb and the liquid will flow.

I have a plastic one that has a needle in the bottom. It looks more like a large bottle filler.

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