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Old 08-03-2014, 12:29 PM   #21
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I take hydrometer samples from mine all the time. That's one of the reasons I use them. Just spray Starsan on & in the spout before & after the sample. And before racking to secondary or bottling bucket. And cleaning/sanitizing after every use to keep them clean. Doing these things, I've never had any issues.
I don't go overboard on taking gravity samples...... I could see the "potential" for problems if a lot of samples were taken over the course of weeks...... each time, introduces an opportunity to not get clean enough, etc...

But, I do also take gravity samples from mine - following the same protocol of unionrdr....... Generally though, I just take a sample 1-2 days before I plan to keg simply to make sure that final gravity has been reached and that the beer tastes good. I don't "rush" many of my ferments though - 14-20 days is pretty common for me (and usually 1.040-1.065 beers), so I am usually pretty confident that fermentation is complete in that time.

The "spray bottle" of starsan is a must..... very handy for spraying out the spigots if you use them.
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:34 PM   #22
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Hahahahaha +1 to unionrdr and brewbama....... take that airlock off before opening the spigot. May have done that a time or two myself

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