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Old 04-13-2008, 05:54 PM   #11
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That still doesn't help me with my hydrometer reading. It was floating literally as low as it could be floating. There wasn't an inaccuracy due to not being at eye level, it was just as low as it could go.
EDIT: If you pull a sample from under the krausen (use a turkey baster, siphon tube, or wine thief) and put it into a tall glass, I bet you get a more accurate reading.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:31 PM   #12
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Was something preventing the hydrometer from sinking any lower? Try and take another sample but this time used the plastic tube the hydrometer came in. A sanitized turkey baster is a good way to grab a sample for testing.


Don't use that thin plastic tube for hot wort though, don't ask how I know.


(The reason we are asking you to take another reading is that something doesn't add up)

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Old 04-13-2008, 06:36 PM   #13
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Since it sounds like you're new to using a hydrometer, I'd suggest looking at one or more of the following. The first one shows the hydrometers floating in hydrometer jars, which is a much better idea than putting it directly in your wort. A wine thief is a good investment to pull your sample. Both are available online or at your LHBS.

http://leebrewery.com/hydromet.htm

http://www.howtobrew.com/appendices/appendixA.html

And as mentioned earlier, sanitize everything that comes in contact with your wort or finished beer before bottling.

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Old 04-13-2008, 08:58 PM   #14
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I tested it in the tube the hydrometer came in. I tested water in this tube, and as said it was room temperature, but I was testing with a 60 degree hydrometer. It read right below the .000, so it should be calibrated. I then placed some beer into the tube, and it read as originally, right at the place where the hydrometer starts to go straight, probably a good .015-.020 units below the 1.000. That being said, I tasted the beer and it has alcohol for sure. I didn't have my hydrometer to take the OG, so I can see that this wasn't the best batch for using a hydrometer. Thanks for all the input, still don't understand it, but what can you do?

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Old 04-13-2008, 09:15 PM   #15
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Well, if the hydrometer read 1.015, that's what you are looking for. I'm not sure what you are saying about where it is straight.

Here is a picture from RichBrewer's gallery of a proper hydrometer reading:



Make sure the hydrometer is floating freely, not touching the sides and give it a spin to make sure there are no air bubbles under it.

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Old 04-14-2008, 12:42 AM   #16
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Believe me, I'm not being an idiot with this... other than I have a proof and tralle hydrometer, and I noticed it says it's to be used with specific gravities less than 1.000. I think it might be the wrong kind??????

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Old 04-14-2008, 12:45 AM   #17
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BINGO! You probably have a finishing hydrometer intended for use with wine. Beer rarely finishes below 1.000. Typical FGs are 1.008 - 1.018.

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Old 04-14-2008, 12:46 AM   #18
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So what's the right kind to get?

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A "triple scale hydrometer" is the one you want. Now, you'll just ignore the PA (potential alcohol) and Brix scale, but that's the one you want. Here is a link: http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...roducts_id=801

There is a picture just above in my post. Any other hydrometer with more precise SGs is generally useless to the homebrewer and home winemaker. Mine goes from .990 to about 1.130 or so. Perfect for beer and wine.

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