Originally Posted by Drunk Monkey
Thanks for all the info. I think the main reason i never take gravity readings is because I am worried about contamination. I have also read a lot of advice to not worry about it. When i start making my own recipes, hopefully sometime in the next couple months, i will start using it.
I'm with Roobarb on this one- I always drink my hydrometer samples. I like to think of it scientifically- how my beer is coming, what the s.g. is, etc. But the truth is I'm just doing it for a taste!
Actually, a hydrometer is a great tool. I use mine to see how I'm doing on hitting my og (not hard since I'm only doing partial mashes to date), if I'm close on f.g., and if it's time to bottle. It helped once when I had a stuck fermentation but didn't know it- the f.g. was 1.022 and I stopped myself from bottling and let it finish. But it is only a tool- not a rule. I still use mine when I put it in primary, when I stick it in secondary, and when I bottle. I don't obsess, but I do use it as a tool.