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Old 02-11-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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Would checking the FG be the same if you were to put the hydrometer into the initial fermenter and let it float vs. pulling a sample with the wine thief which the sample is extracted deeper into the beer. Thanks.



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You'd get the same reading, but most don't put their hydrometer in the fermenter for all sorts of reasons. It's hard to get out and hard to read whether on a carboy or bucket. Plus, you don't get to taste the sample that you pull out.



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You might get the same reading- but you might not. Krausen would coat the hydrometer, making it hard to read as well as a bit heavier so it would have to be removed, cleaned, sanitized, and put in the beer.

It's easier to just use a turkey baster and pull out a sample that it would be to do all that. Plus, hydrometers are fragile! During active fermentation, it would get knocked all around (have you ever seen the activity during fermentation- it's wild!) and possibly break if it bumps the side of the fermenter.

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You might get the same reading- but you might not. Krausen would coat the hydrometer, making it hard to read as well as a bit heavier so it would have to be removed, cleaned, sanitized, and put in the beer.

It's easier to just use a turkey baster and pull out a sample that it would be to do all that. Plus, hydrometers are fragile! During active fermentation, it would get knocked all around (have you ever seen the activity during fermentation- it's wild!) and possibly break if it bumps the side of the fermenter.
When I did this the fermentation has stopped so just a few bubbles on the surface. The hydrometer stays pretty still, it's just the small bubble cling age to the meter that throws me for a loop. Why take a dry sample instead of one you can taste.

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