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Old 02-28-2010, 03:16 AM   #1
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I just finished brewing my first batch today. When I went to grab my hydrometer that came with the kit, i saw that it was broken. I poured a few ounces of 72 degree wort into a platstic bowl with a lid and placed it in the freezer before i pitched my yeast into the fermenter. I just ordered another new hydrometer and plan to warm my original sample back up to 72 degrees and take a SG reading when the new hydrometer arrives in the mail. This plan sounds like it will work. Can anyone confirm or refute my hypothesis. thanks

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Old 02-28-2010, 03:32 AM   #2
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It should work as long as it's a representative sample an it's sealed in a bag. Maybe double bag it just incase. I'm worried about the dry freezer air sublimating water from the ice and skewing it to a higher OG.

I think just about everyone who has owned a hydro has broken a hydro. Welcome to the club.

If/when you get tired of breaking them, get a refractometer.

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Old 02-28-2010, 03:34 AM   #3
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Seems like every other time I brew, I break my hydrometer or thermometer. Out of curiosity, why are you freezing it?

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Old 02-28-2010, 03:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. I am freezing the sample because I thought that a sealed frozen sample would be less susceptible to physical property changes than just a sealed refrigerated sample would be. I am sure that my replacement will be here in about a week. thanks

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Old 02-28-2010, 09:04 AM   #5
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That's excellent thinking ahead, keeping some wort to check the OG when you get a new hydrometer! I will be filing this one away in the back of my mind... just in case.

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Old 02-28-2010, 11:15 AM   #6
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I always buy two hyrometers at a time. Last one went a whole 10 months. They are pretty cheap so....always have a spare.

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Old 02-28-2010, 02:20 PM   #7
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Oddly enough (and this occurred to me a few weeks ago), I still have the original and only hydrometer that I bought, oh, 15 years ago, when I bought a beginner's kit. It has survived many interstate moves. I realize that this is abnormal...

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Old 02-28-2010, 02:36 PM   #8
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Yep broke my hydrometer last weekend after bottling (during clean up). Popped the top on the tube and slid it in. Didn't realize i had forgotten to put the cap back on after I had taken it out. It hit the floor then bounced off the wall and snapped. I probably wouldn't have kept a sample though, not worried about calculating alcohol content so long as it tastes good.

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Oddly enough (and this occurred to me a few weeks ago), I still have the original and only hydrometer that I bought, oh, 15 years ago, when I bought a beginner's kit. It has survived many interstate moves. I realize that this is abnormal...
This is me too.
The trick with a hydrometer is to treat it like it is a fragile glass instrument.
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Old 02-28-2010, 03:23 PM   #10
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This is me too.
The trick with a hydrometer is to not let SWMBO touch it
Fixed that for you
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