Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > Testing gravity.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-13-2013, 02:55 AM   #1
Thaumatourge
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 24
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Testing gravity.

Hello all,

I am making my second batch of cider. So far since I am a noob, I am only making 1 gallon batches. For those of you that make 1 gallon batches, how do you test your gravity? I since I am making so little, I don't want to take a cylinder full out just to dump after reading. My meter sinks deep enough into my gallon jug that I touches the bottom. How do you all test? Can / should I just dump the tested liquid back into the jar after testing. Will this add a detrimental amount of oxygen when poured back in?

Thank you.

__________________
Thaumatourge is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 05:07 AM   #2
xjbobbin82
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 52
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 21

Default

As long as you sanitize your equipment and pour it slowly and carefully I don't think it would be much of a problem. Maybe use a turkey baster and instead of pouring it, use the baster to transfer the cider, inserting the tip into the cider in the jug when replacing it.

__________________
Bloop...Bloop...Bloop...Zzzz :)
xjbobbin82 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 05:22 AM   #3
devianttouch
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Posts: 54
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 22

Default

I use a turkey baster (sanitized) to pull out of my 1 gallon jug and into my cylinder (sanitized). I test with my hydrometer (sanitized) and then dump the cylinder sample back into my jug.

__________________
devianttouch is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 05:26 AM   #4
xjbobbin82
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 52
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 21

Default

That's the easiest way to do it, that's what I do. But if you're really worried about getting oxygen in your cider, after reading the gravity you could use the turkey baster to put it back into the jug. I like to drink it right out of the tube sometimes

__________________
Bloop...Bloop...Bloop...Zzzz :)
xjbobbin82 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 06:40 AM   #5
jackfrost
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 214
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xjbobbin82 View Post
That's the easiest way to do it, that's what I do. But if you're really worried about getting oxygen in your cider, after reading the gravity you could use the turkey baster to put it back into the jug. I like to drink it right out of the tube sometimes
Mee too
__________________
jackfrost is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 03:01 PM   #6
Thaumatourge
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 24
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Did not think to use a baster. Thanks for the idea. Probably use it when I back sweeten with concentrate also.

__________________
Thaumatourge is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 03:23 PM   #7
MarkKF
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Meriden, CT
Posts: 448
Liked 14 Times on 13 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Thaumatourge
Did not think to use a baster. Thanks for the idea. Probably use it when I back sweeten with concentrate also.
Neither did I. I bought a glass wine thief. I'm always afraid I'll drop it in the carboy and it will break. Plus if there is headspace it takes a lot to fill my test tube. Of course I just drink it after testing it.
__________________
MarkKF is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 05:53 PM   #8
bigego236
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Laguna Niguel, Ca
Posts: 43
Default

I also use a turkey baster but for a test tube I use the tube the hydrometer comes in. Because I only do one gallon batches to me it makes since to use a smaller size test tube. Plus I always plan on pouring it back in but usually end up drinking it

__________________
bigego236 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 05:59 PM   #9
KBentley57
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 244
Liked 25 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

+1 on the baster. I give everything a good spraying with starsan, and when done, dump the cylinder slowly back into the jug.

__________________
KBentley57 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 06:11 PM   #10
Pickled_Pepper
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Posts: 1,246
Liked 75 Times on 66 Posts
Likes Given: 20

Default

Once you get your method down, the only readings you will need to really take are the OG...one when racking to secondary and then one at final. Unless you are looking to hit a specific gravity so you can pasteurize, there's no need to mess with it. (well unless there's something that looks stuck or kooky) When something looks off...a wine thief is your best friend just put your hydrometer in the thief and jump it up and down until you have enough for it to float. If the thief is properly sanitized, just let touch it to the side and let it flow back in.

In a 1 gallon batch...my suggestion would be to let it ride and don't worry about it.

Hope that didn't come off as preachy...just don't sweat the small stuff.

__________________
Pickled_Pepper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Testing Gravity Jonnymack123 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 28 12-11-2012 01:13 AM
Testing gravity on 2.5g batch RCBIV Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 04-17-2012 02:22 PM
Testing Gravity mike1545 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 04-14-2012 09:41 PM
Testing gravity cleinen Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 02-26-2011 04:59 PM
Gravity Testing... brazedowl General Techniques 5 07-07-2009 02:09 AM