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Old 07-17-2010, 01:37 PM   #1
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Up to this point I have been taking hydrometer readings in my hydrometer jar the tossing the beer down the drain. Hate to waste beer, of course. In theory it seems, if the jar and hydrometer are both sanitized (and the turkey baster, in my case), you could pour the beer back in the batch. Any thoughts?

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Old 07-17-2010, 01:45 PM   #2
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Well, even sanitized I wouldn't risk it. I mean, I guess you could do it but I don't see the benefit except to have 3 ounces more of finished beer.

But, I would NEVER toss a sample down the sink! Drink it. That's what I do.

I take a total of maybe two to three hydrometer samples over the course of a beer. One to get the OG after brewing (although I mostly use my refractometer now), and one to get the FG. Maybe one more a few days later to ensure it's finished. I drink both of those samples. Why not? I mean, it's beer!

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Good point.

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+1 on yooper; I place my hydrometer in the wine theif, grab a sample, get the reading, the drain it off to a nice taster glass, which I put in the fridge for a few hours. Tasting/drinking the sample will give you a good idea of how the flavor profile is developing, and allows you to make adjustments during the seconary phase and at bottling.

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I drink it. That way I have an idea of what my beer "may" taste like.

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When kegging, I take a 1 liter sample, in a 1 liter PET bottle. After I check the FG, I pour the sample from the jar back in the liter bottle, then force carb it.

If you are going to have a taste, have a GOOD taste.

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Well, even sanitized I wouldn't risk it. I mean, I guess you could do it but I don't see the benefit except to have 3 ounces more of finished beer.

But, I would NEVER toss a sample down the sink! Drink it. That's what I do.

I take a total of maybe two to three hydrometer samples over the course of a beer. One to get the OG after brewing (although I mostly use my refractometer now), and one to get the FG. Maybe one more a few days later to ensure it's finished. I drink both of those samples. Why not? I mean, it's beer!
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When kegging, I take a 1 liter sample, in a 1 liter PET bottle. After I check the FG, I pour the sample from the jar back in the liter bottle, then force carb it.

If you are going to have a taste, have a GOOD taste.
I kept one of those tiny glass tonic water bottles as my "sample carber". After I pull a sample, I pour it in there, put a carb cap on, chill, hit it with the gas for a bit, and have a taste.
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When I do a hydrometer reading, I pull about 12-14 oz. for a sample. After I get the reading, I pour it into a 20 oz. PET bottle with a carbonator cap. Hit it with 30 psi and put it in the freezer for about 30 min. Voila, a cold, carbed sample of the beer.

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