Could I not just sterilize my 1/2 inch tubing and siphon off enough for a test every time? I just don't want to go buying everything when I'm not sure if I will stick with brewing. I would buy a wine thief after the 2nd or 3rd brew. But is siphoning acceptable?
__________________ Beer Brewed 1st - Fake Munich Dark Lager 2nd - Stout 3rd - Frog's Cream Ale 4th - Pumpkin Spice Dark Ale
You can use any turkey baster that has been sanitized but u might have to tip the carboy a bit... im assuming that u r doing gravity reading so u will not need too much of it... just make sure to squeeze the ball to get the air out before u put in a carboy as u dont want to introduce any additional air into ur brew.
I use my auto siphon as a thief. It's longer than a turkey baster, which is good for me since I ferment in carboys. Just be ready with your hydrometer jar, because it will drip. If you don't yet have an auto siphon, I highly recommend one!