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Chillaxian 01-13-2013 04:09 PM

First brew, Taking FG reading, Glass Carboy
 
So I am on my first brew (an english brown ale) and it is currently on its 13th day in the secondary fermentor (glass carboy). The directions that came with the kit say to let the beer sit in the secondary fermentor for 14 days, however after reading the forum some I've come to the conclusion this should be based on a consistent final gravity over 2 or 3 days? I'd like to use this method but I'm unsure how to go about it, I was told you want as little oxygen in the secondary fermentor as possible... so opening it up seems counter productive. Any tips?

ScrewedBrew 01-13-2013 04:11 PM

No harm in opening it up for a quick sample. Use a sanitized turkey baster. It should be done by now, but no harm waiting longer.

Chillaxian 01-13-2013 04:24 PM

Awesome, but now I have another question the hydrometer I have is pretty big.. say 12 inches... so the sample I'd need to take is rather substantial. Are there any other ways of testing my FG without the hydrometer, or even smaller hydrometers available so I don't have as much "waste" (don't worry I don't plan on tossing it)

EDIT: I don't have any real tall and narrow cylinders to do the test in :/ so I'm not sure I'll be able to do this at all... until it is in my bottling bucket of course

ScrewedBrew 01-13-2013 05:13 PM

Takes 3-4 ounces to fill the tube for a sample. I just drink it... it doesn't go to waste.

FastAndy 01-13-2013 05:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ScrewedBrew
Takes 3-4 ounces to fill the tube for a sample. I just drink it... it doesn't go to waste.

+1 I use the tube the hydrometer came in and always drink the samples for quality control.

bad67z 01-13-2013 05:19 PM

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It sounds like you don't have one of these.

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You should be able to pick one up at your LHBS for less than $5.

F250 01-13-2013 05:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bad67z (Post 4780674)
It sounds like you don't have one of these.



You should be able to pick one up at your LHBS for less than $5.

Yep, they're cheap.

Also, I wouldn't bother taking a reading until after 3 weeks had passed.

Rick

Chillaxian 01-13-2013 10:58 PM

Bad67z you are right I don't have one of those so gonna be picking one up tomorrow.

F250 why do you recommend 3 weeks? Its my understanding once you have a consistent fg you should go ahead and bottle?

sok454 01-13-2013 11:05 PM

The extra time allows the yeasties to clean up and can. Help clear up the beer a bit. I've done 4 batches and have yet to secondary. No real need to unless adding hops or fruit etc.

flars 01-13-2013 11:10 PM

An alternative to taking a sample with a turkey baster is a wine thief. The wine thief will reach the bottom of 5, 6, and 7.5 gallon carboys. I still don't know why they are not sold as a wine/beer thief.


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