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ctfsh9 08-22-2012 01:17 AM

Hydrometer Readings
 
I am trying to figure out how to take a hydrometer reading. I know the formula but am really trying to figure out the best way to take a reading. I know I don't want to contaminate the wort and fermenting beer by sticking the hydrometer in it but what is the best way to take a reading. Thanks for any help and good brewing to all!!!

passedpawn 08-22-2012 01:22 AM

Get a wine thief, or use a turkey baster to suck out some of the beer. Sanitize first!

Don't return the sample. Pitch it or drink it.

brycelarson 08-22-2012 01:23 AM

use the storage tube that came with the hydro. Use a sanitized wine theif or cup to pull some beer out - fill the little tube and check the reading. Dispose of this beer appropriately (drink) don't add it back.

If you're fermenting in a bucket with a spigot it's even easier to take a sample.

ctfsh9 08-23-2012 12:44 AM

Thanks for the help

Squirrels 08-23-2012 03:04 AM

I would second the wine thief - lower risk of contamination and you wind up wasting a lot less. I loved getting mine for Christmas a couple years back! Very easy to use.

I've even dropped to doing a reading only twice. Once before pitching and again when bottling. I haven't found a need to do it more than that.

Hang Glider 08-23-2012 06:43 PM

test jar is $3.99

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/m...image_1888.jpg

caber2615 08-23-2012 08:50 PM

+1 on turkey baster. Dont forget to sanitize!!

Best part is drinking the sample!

Kingfish 08-23-2012 09:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Squirrels (Post 4353911)
I've even dropped to doing a reading only twice. Once before pitching and again when bottling. I haven't found a need to do it more than that.

Please do not give this advise to a new brewer.

duboman 08-23-2012 10:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kingfish
Please do not give this advise to a new brewer.

I agree although I will assume he meant that when preparing to bottle to verify FG with at Least 2 readings:)

If my assumption is wrong then new brewers should not take his advise;)

new2brew1221 08-23-2012 11:23 PM

I use a laddle that holds just the right amount for the tube,sanitized, of course.


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