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Old 07-09-2009, 03:08 AM   #11
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Just dip it into the beer, let it fill, spin the hydrometer in when dropping it into the tube, and take your reading. Make sure you're holding the thief straight up. I usually hold it by the top flange and let it hang over the glass I plan on draining it into to take the reading, making sure that the hydrometer isn't stuck against the side of the tube. I then push the tip on the bottom of the glass to drain.

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Old 07-09-2009, 02:04 PM   #12
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Allow me to hijack a bit because I have related questions.

1) Looking at that thief, how can you stop the liquid from running out the bottom after you dip it in? Or is it just a given that some will spill out during the process of going from the thief to the hydrometer tube?

2) If you are using a carboy you can't just dip the hydrometer tube in since it won't fit (or at least mine won't). So can't you just use a siphon hose and even use your mouth to draw the beer out? It's not going back in the fermenter so isn't the danger of bacteria not an issue?
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Allow me to hijack a bit because I have related questions.
No you can't hijack this thread. j/k

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1) Looking at that thief, how can you stop the liquid from running out the bottom after you dip it in? Or is it just a given that some will spill out during the process of going from the thief to the hydrometer tube?
The thief has a little plastic plunger in the bottom. Mine drips a little, so that's why I hold it over the glass, to catch the few drips. To drain it, just push the plunger up or sideways, and it'll drain.


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2) If you are using a carboy you can't just dip the hydrometer tube in since it won't fit (or at least mine won't). So can't you just use a siphon hose and even use your mouth to draw the beer out? It's not going back in the fermenter so isn't the danger of bacteria not an issue?
My thief fits in my carboys without a problem. In fact, if you are using carboys, I definitely recommend the thief. So much easier, and less risky, than syphoning.
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The thief has a little plastic plunger in the bottom. Mine drips a little, so that's why I hold it over the glass, to catch the few drips. To drain it, just push the plunger up or sideways, and it'll drain.
Oh, I see. I didn't know about the plunger. It kind of looked like my easy siphon so I assumed it was the same but now that you say that I can kind of see the plunger in the picture. Plus it makes much more sense for it to work that way.

That does sound like a must have tool. I will have to pick one up.
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