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Old 04-05-2012, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default I'm 2 for 2!!

I brewed my first batch a week and a half ago and broke a hydrometer. Tonight I brewed my 2nd batch and broke another hydrometer. This time before I was able to take an OG reading. Grrr! Tonight I brewed Midwest's Autumn Amber Ale. I don't have a wort chiller and it took around 40 minutes to cool it down in an ice bath. I would get a wort chiller but my kitchen faucet doesn't have any threads.

Also, I bought a strainer that you put on the bucket fermenter when you pour the wort in. It works fine for the first couple of gallons. Then it gets clogged up and doesn't let much liquid pass. I'm about ready to throw it away.

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Old 04-05-2012, 12:54 AM   #2
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I secondary, so i never strain my wort.

How did you break 2 hydrometers in a row?

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Old 04-05-2012, 12:56 AM   #3
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For what it is worth I use a sanitized spoon to move the hops material out of the way so that the wort can drain through.

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Old 04-05-2012, 12:57 AM   #4
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time for a refractometer
http://www.brewhardware.com/refractometer
(ive never used one ) just sayin

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Old 04-05-2012, 12:57 AM   #5
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Both times it fell out of the container tube thing that it goes in as I was taking it out. I'm a klutz when it comes to hydrometers. When I get my next one I'm going to wear it on a chain around my neck. Well probably not, I would probably break it and it would slit my throat!

EDIT: Actually, I broke the first one when I was putting it back in the tube.

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By the way I have fumbled a couple of hydrometers on the kitchen tile. I feel your pain.

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Old 04-05-2012, 01:02 AM   #7
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time for a refractometer
http://www.brewhardware.com/refractometer
(ive never used one ) just sayin
Very interesting. I'll have to look into that.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:05 AM   #8
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+1 on spooning the hops around in the strainer. It works for me.

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Old 04-05-2012, 01:13 AM   #9
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I don't strain out anything, I just dump the wort into the fermenter bucket, cold break, hops, the neighbor's cat, anything that was in the boil kettle. I don't secondary either. By the time the ferment is over and the yeast have had a chance to clean up all the trub is in a neat layer and I siphon just above that when I want to bottle.

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Old 04-05-2012, 01:17 AM   #10
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the neighbor's cat,
Hmmmm, sticky angry cat, an aeration method I haven't tried
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