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Old 11-20-2009, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default RIP Hydrometer #3

Well, I just lost my third hydrometer since starting homebrewing about 2 years ago. The first one I lost to the kitchen floor, the second one I lost to a carboy, and this one I lost to a wrench. How many hydrometers has everyone else lost from being in too big of a hurry to put away the ever so fragile hydrometer right after using it? We can keep the death toll here, starting with me.

Hydrometer death toll: 3



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Old 11-20-2009, 02:14 PM   #2
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19 years, still using the first one I ever bought. Of course I've probably jinxed it now.



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Old 11-20-2009, 02:28 PM   #3
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I have the same one that came with my kit, unharmed (only been 3 months brewing). However i just bought a refractometer and will probably never go back.
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:45 PM   #4
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I lost one hydrometer in the 3 years I've been brewing. Left it on the table to dry after cleaning it, but the window was open and one unlucky gust of wind later... ugh.

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Old 11-20-2009, 03:51 PM   #5
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I have the same one that came with my kit, unharmed (only been 3 months brewing). However i just bought a refractometer and will probably never go back.
tom
This is an excellent point. Maybe I should arrange for a convenient gust of wind or for Soc to help me brew ( ) so that I can switch to a refractometer.
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:36 PM   #6
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At least 3 since '95-ish. The last one spilled tiny pellets of lead into my fermented Bass Clone...vowed never again and I've not brewed with one in 4 years. YES I DRANK IT...after immediately filtering.

HYDROMETERS SUCK!

I broke down this week and decided to try again...it is in transit with some other goodies! Once this one breaks (and it will), I'll probably go refrac.

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Old 11-20-2009, 04:49 PM   #7
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Still using the one I bought to start, and I finally got around to calibrating it last week... only to discover that it was 2 points high, so my beers had been finishing drier than I thought (and starting a bit weaker!).

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Old 11-20-2009, 05:48 PM   #8
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1 my wife stepped on it. It fell off the counter in the storage tube didn't break until SWMBO stepped back . I have a refractometer now but still have a hydrometer to do FG I know I can use the refractometer but I just can't be bothered imputing the info into the calculator.

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Old 11-20-2009, 06:42 PM   #9
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I think ou have to go on amount of batches as opposed to time.

My 1st one went 35 batches and then a bottle tipped over on it with catastrophic results

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Old 11-20-2009, 06:45 PM   #10
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I almost lost #3 last night too and it's only a week old. I had a glass of beer in one hand and the hand I picked up the hydrometer with was wet with StarSan. It shot out of my hand and I juggled it all over the kitchen. I finally caught it after about 10 seconds a foot off the floor. Didn't spill a drop of homebrew and #3 lives to fight another day



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