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Old 01-24-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Just curious what people do with their gravity sample during fermentation: Do you pour it back in or toss it? I've been tasting and tossing it out because I don't want to risk contamination.

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:15 PM   #2
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I sanitize the hydrometer & tube before taking the test sample. The OG one goes back in,since it's sanitized & ok every time I've done it. FG sample gets smelled & drank to see how things are coming along. As long as everyhing used for the sample is sanitized,dumping it back in (OG one anyway) is fine.
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I guess I'm paranoid to the extreme when it comes to sanitation. Never want to risk contaminating anything.

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I generally drink mine. But uniondr is right, if you sanatize everything you can pour it back in (I did that on the first few I did). But I find taste is a good way of telling where it is also, so up to you. Just sanatize anything that goes into the beer/wort and if you drink any don't put anything left from that back.

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After taking my OG, I pull the hydrometer out and cover the cylinder with foil. This sits on the counter for a few days. If it starts to ferment I know that there's a chance that my sanitation was not good. Maybe something wild dropped in during chilling. Whatever, it's not a big concern as long as the main batch starts before the sample. It's just a point of reference in case there's an issue with the finished beer. FG reading always get drank.

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I always drink my samples, I like to taste the progress from start to finish.

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I use a refractometer most of the time so nothing goes back. When I use my hydrometer nothing goes back. I doubt anything would happen at the OG sample but later on it is too great a risk. So, for me nothing ever goes back into the fermenter. I taste the samples but I don't like drinking grain sugar water (at the OG stage) and I don't really like drinking warm flat beer (before carbonation).

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I carbonate the sample and drink it to get an idea of what it will taste like.

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