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Old 06-17-2006, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default How many hydometers have you broken?

I am buying my 3rd today, and have only made like 7 or 8 batches .

Can't they make one out of bulletproof glass or something?

It's a marketing plot I think...

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Old 06-17-2006, 07:27 PM   #2
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only 1... pot lid fell over on it

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Old 06-17-2006, 07:37 PM   #3
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You can make your own hydrometers you know.

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Old 06-17-2006, 07:52 PM   #4
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I broke 1 in five years and I wasn't even brewing!


You see, I always took care to put the thing back in the little cardboard box that it came in, while first wrapping the instructions around it so it would be cushioned and tight in the box, and then putting it in a ziplock bag with the rest of my delicate pieces of equipment each and everytime I used it; for five long years it was safe.

Then I came back from evacuating from Hurricane Katrina and was moving the bag that held the delicate bits and low and behold the ziplock bag had come open and the hydrometer was sliding out! I quickly grabbed the box, avoiding certain catastrophe and had it in my hand a good 30 seconds before the bottom of the box decided it wanted to disintegrate (amazing what ultra high humidity (read: 3.5 feet of water in house) will do to cardboard) and it was 'BB' time.

I've brewed 8 batches since it broke and jut ordered a new one today. Do you "need" a hydrometer to make good beer? Nope, sure don't, but if you're anal and into the gritty bits then it's a must have...also, I'll be doing AG in the near future and will probably lean on it more.

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Old 06-17-2006, 08:35 PM   #5
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Too heavy and they wouldn't work. I've broken one; while washing up. It was sitting in the drainer, snagged it with the sprayer hose. You can buy a nice solid refractometer, it's only good for the OG but very handy when you do AG.

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Old 06-17-2006, 09:03 PM   #6
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Well i've never broken one ever! However i'm fully aware of the curse i've just put on myself so i actually own 2!
(i bought some cheap second hand kit on ebay last year that was local and a hydrometer was part of the package)

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Old 06-18-2006, 12:30 AM   #7
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You can make your own hydrometers you know.
They are not that expensive. What would be the advantage of building your own?
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Old 06-18-2006, 01:42 AM   #8
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I asked fo ra more rugged one at the local HBS, and they told me that they had the option of carying the unbreakable ones, but they ony cost like 2 dollars or so.

So they decided to carry the expensive ones that break every two weeks.

AHhahahahaha!!!!

The first one I gently tossed while in the box (it didn't survice).

the next one was out of it's little tube (I was measuring) and I set my mug on the skinny part without looking. (it also didn't survive).

I should have bought a couple today (which would guarantee I never break another), but I only got one. That means it is very likely to break right before I really need it.

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They are not that expensive. What would be the advantage of building your own?
Whats the advantage of making your own beer? Or making anything of your own? Because you can. And sometimes, you can do it better than what you can buy in the store.
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Old 06-18-2006, 03:21 AM   #10
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I am buying my 3rd today, and have only made like 7 or 8 batches .

Can't they make one out of bulletproof glass or something?

It's a marketing plot I think...
3rd? Your 3rd? Well, you'll see the humor in this.... I started up again brewing beer in like.... January of this year. I started up again because I found the box that had all my beer stuff in it and my interest perked. The last time it was open was when I had activly brewed before.... think I closed the box in 97ish. Was open for about a year. I started brewing with a friend in college in 1991. We used his stuff for a while and about a year later I ordered a beginners equiptment kit that did not contain anything special... your usual stuff. Hydrometer was certainly included. The same one in fact. This hydrometer has been used, boxed, stored, shuffled around, used again and reboxed... followed me around through different states I had lived in and to finally now I had re opened it and am using it. Same one LMAO What in the wortld are you doing to your poor hydrometers LMAO
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