Originally Posted by aeonderdonk
I am still a n00b and don't regularly take hydrometer readings. Do you guys do anything to avoid losing a beer or two by taking readings as frequently as some people suggest?
I've heard of taking readings at:
To see if ready to move to secondardy
To see if ready to bottle
I would think this would lead to losing 1-2 beers.
You could also buy a refactometer for those pre fermentation readings. I normally only take OG and FG readings, I know the beer is done after sitting in the primary for 3 weeks. If it is a complex beer (high OG, oaking, adding fruit etc) or if it has had issues with fermenting I'll take a reading before moving it to keg.
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