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Old 08-05-2007, 09:00 PM   #1
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when I brew that is. I had my first bad day brewing today. I was so excited to brew, had my kit, and the house almost to myself. I had just finished my brew (a nice wheat) unfortunately the temp had not gone down enough. Now the signs were there that something bad might happen( overflowed the sparge, carboy spilling, water not being cold enough) anyway decided to try and give it an ice bath. Got it in the ice bath and thought Oh yeah forgot to take my reading with my hydrometer.
How did this all end you ask.... with me breaking my carboy and losing 5 gallons of good brew. The horror,the pain of it all. The only good point is that I had yet to pitch the yeast.
SO this leads me to ask how do ypu guys get enough beer to take a reading????

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Old 08-05-2007, 09:06 PM   #2
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At least you survived the breaking of the carboy! I've read some stories on here of trips to the hospital and many many stitches. If you have an auto-syphon you can take the inner racking cane out and dip that into your wort to take out a sample. Or you can do what many do and get yourself a wine thief. That is probably the easiest way, when I used my auto-syphon I found it didn't seal very well at the bottom.

A turkey baster I've heard works as well but I'm not sure how it works with a carboy, I would think it wouldn't be long enough.

Btw - you may want to think about switching to better bottles if you have to move around full carboys by yourself. They won't break and they are MUCH lighter even when full of beery goodness.

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Old 08-05-2007, 09:10 PM   #3
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Turkey baster.. crap I shoud have thought of that. And I survived just by dumb luck. My reflexes kicked in fast. I'm really accident prone.

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It hurts me to read your story, I am sorry for your loss. I have been having a hard time getting a reading too, so I got a wine thief from AHB. It was about 8 bucks, and I can drop the hydrometer right into the thief itself to get a good reading. I am supposed to get it on Wed, so I cant give you a review of it yet, but from what I have heard, that is the way to go.

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Old 08-05-2007, 09:12 PM   #5
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I agree with brad that you were not hurt badly by this. I dropped a case of newly bottled beer a few weeks (damn bottom just gave out). Only two bottles broke but I had microscopic shards in my feet and eveywhere in my hallway and kitchen compounded by sticky beer eveywhere, not pleasant!

I usually pull the sample as I'm siphoning but if I forget, a wine thief works very well.

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Old 08-05-2007, 09:14 PM   #6
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I use this now. Works like a charm especially when you are grabbing samples from a carboy.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...oducts_id=1227

otherwise, a turkey baster works well with some sort of graduated cylinder. dont forget to drink the sample either, thats the best part.

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I use this now. Works like a charm especially when you are grabbing samples from a carboy.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...oducts_id=1227

otherwise, a turkey baster works well with some sort of graduated cylinder. dont forget to drink the sample either, thats the best part.
Sounds really cool. Wish they had a bigger picture.
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I use this now. Works like a charm especially when you are grabbing samples from a carboy.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...oducts_id=1227

otherwise, a turkey baster works well with some sort of graduated cylinder. dont forget to drink the sample either, thats the best part.
Glad to hear this is working well for you, that is the one that is on its way to me.
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I'm gonna have to order one of those. Maybe today. Anything that will keep me from having to lift that darn carboy. The other funny thing is that I bought a carboy handle but the darn thing didn't fit.
Have any of you tried that better beer carboy. They say that it is unbreakable and in light of today that sounds kind of good

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A turkey baster I've heard works as well but I'm not sure how it works with a carboy, I would think it wouldn't be long enough.
I've never had a problem with a turkey baster reaching into a carboy. Not sure about how it works with the better bottles.

I'm still using carboys and I would recommend anyone still using them to get one of these:
http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=10995

Definitely worth the price to prevent an giant disaster!!!
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