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Old 11-20-2009, 07:56 PM   #11
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I know I'm not on my first, but I might be on my second. I don't think I broke the first one, either. I think the paper got out of whack. I don't remember breaking one (knock on wood).


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Old 11-20-2009, 07:58 PM   #12
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I still have my first from about 20 years ago. But I haven't brewed that often during most of that time. I generally rinse it off and wipe it and put it right back in it's plastic case.

I am also considering buying a refractometer, simply for ease of use. I hate having to cool the wort down.

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Old 11-20-2009, 08:08 PM   #13
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My signature back in the day used to say:

Hydrometers will only make you worry....

I hated them. Still do. I stopped using them after breaking several and just stopped thinking about gravity. For extract brews, it's really not necessary.

I broke down and started using one again when I switched to all grain, but I still hate the thing and I gave it away on the "Pay it Forward" thread last night.

Edit: even with my AG, I only take an OG reading to see how my efficiency was. Never take FG readings. I consistantly get 73%-75% efficiency, so even the OG reading isn't necessary anymore.

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Old 11-20-2009, 09:17 PM   #14
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On 3rd one after 14 years. There were a few breaks in brewing action, but feel fortunate.

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Old 11-20-2009, 09:23 PM   #15
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Still have my original hydrometer from like 93. However, I cracked a miniature one that was only about 3"-4" long that came with it's own beaker (whatever it's called). That was the coolest little thing.

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Old 11-20-2009, 09:26 PM   #16
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refractometer refractometer refractometer refractometer

For what you people are paying in buying multiples hydrometers, you could all own a refractometer.

Springer, you make me laugh. You can't be bothered to input data in a calculator, but you can be bothered to sanitize 2-4 pieces of equipment? lol.

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Old 11-20-2009, 10:30 PM   #17
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I broke quite a few hydrometers in the past but now have a plastic one that works really well and no worries about dropping it

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Old 11-20-2009, 10:47 PM   #18
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On #3 now. First one was while cleaning/sanatizing, the second while trying to ohh so careful when putting it away.

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Old 11-24-2009, 12:45 AM   #19
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Lost a hydro to a wrench? Lol... Nice.

I have had the same one for about 11 years now. I almost just bought a refract. but I have been mentioning it to several family members recently so I might wait to see if I get it as a gift soon. If not I will get one in Jan.

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Old 11-24-2009, 02:35 AM   #20
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on #3 here also, would more than likely be more if it wasn't for the refractometer

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