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Old 04-17-2012, 08:48 PM   #21
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If you just want to make beer then you do not need a hydrometer. If you want to make consistently good beer, then it is ABSOULUTELY NECESSARY! Personally, I do not consider a hydrometer optional.

Think about it like the gas gauge on your car. If you fill up every 300 miles, you will most likely never run out of fuel. But, if on a rare occasion, you do not get the tank all the way full, or you get worse mileage for some reason, you could find yourself walking. Yes, you can drive a car with no gas gauge, but I would not want to...
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:12 PM   #22
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It just matters if you care or not. If you are going to drink it no matter what and it's an ale - you don't need it. If you have no idea how to judge when the beer is done you may want it. I don't use them because I don't care, I'm going to drink my beer. It does make it harder to trouble shoot if your beer doesn't turn out the way that you intended it though.

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Old 04-17-2012, 09:33 PM   #23
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Brushing your teeth isn't 'necessary'. but.....

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Old 04-17-2012, 09:40 PM   #24
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Brushing your teeth isn't 'necessary'. but.....
my point, exactly!
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