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Old 02-10-2010, 05:03 PM   #1
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So, i've decided that my hydrometer is garbage.

Can anyone recommend a decent one?



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Old 02-10-2010, 08:46 PM   #2
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Other than going with a refactometer....are there any other kind than the skinny glass hydormeter? Other than scale, all the ones I've bought are basically the same.



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Old 02-10-2010, 10:23 PM   #3
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Yes here's a quality one. Fragile but very accurate. I made my own calibration plot with sucrose solutions of known concentrations and yes it's dead balls on every time. It also comes with a certificate of calibration (NIST standard as I recall).

http://www.fishersci.com/wps/portal/ITEMDETAIL?ru=http://prodwcsserver:9060/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/FisherItemDisplay&catalogId=29101&productId=320286 6&parentProductId=650181&langId=-1&distype=0&fromCat=[Ljava.lang.String;@f18010&catCode=SE_SC&brCategory Id=null&highlightProductsItemsFlag=Y&fromSearch=Y& fromProductCatalogPage=Y&crossRefPartNo=null&cross RefData=null

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Garbage how?

If it's not completely accurate you can measure it and then figure out how much it is off.

http://www.byo.com/stories/projects-and-equipment/article/indices/29-equipment/414-calibrate-your-hydrometer-and-fermenter-techniques

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55 bucks for a hydrometer?....Holy Bat Crap Batman!..... How exact do you need the thing to be? Your making beer not atom bombs!!!

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They cost 25 if you have an account. So 10 bucks more than the LBHS POS ones. Well worth it for something you can trust. And besides, I'm a chemical engineer by trade so I can't justify saving 10 bucks for a hydrometer you have to check the value against a correction table to get the correct value every time.

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i have a few complaints about this one:

1st, and this might be my ignorance, it says on the piece of paper it's calibrated at 68F. But on the actual hydrometer it reads "Sp.Gr. 60F / 60F". Doesn't that mean it's calibrated at 60F?

Also, do i read the upper meniscus? In distilled water especially, the different between the lower meniscus and upper is about 5 points. Also, the "climb" of the upper meniscus accounts for about 2 points. So i'm not sure if i'm supposed to read the top of the meniscus or the top of the climb.

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i have a few complaints about this one:

1st, and this might be my ignorance, it says on the piece of paper it's calibrated at 68F. But on the actual hydrometer it reads "Sp.Gr. 60F / 60F". Doesn't that mean it's calibrated at 60F?

Also, do i read the upper meniscus? In distilled water especially, the different between the lower meniscus and upper is about 5 points. Also, the "climb" of the upper meniscus accounts for about 2 points. So i'm not sure if i'm supposed to read the top of the meniscus or the top of the climb.
Bottom of the climb and it's usually calibrated at 60F.
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They cost 25 if you have an account. So 10 bucks more than the LBHS POS ones. Well worth it for something you can trust. And besides, I'm a chemical engineer by trade so I can't justify saving 10 bucks for a hydrometer you have to check the value against a correction table to get the correct value every time.
They're under 7 bucks at my LHBS. Too much for my blood, but since your a chemical engineer you have a right to be anal about stuff like that.
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If I spend 55 bucks on a hydrometer, I'd better get a happy ending.



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