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Old 04-08-2013, 09:22 PM   #11
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*if* you sanitize the tube and hydrometer, right?

I've been told, but don't have experience, that the tube is too narrow and the hydrometer is liable to stick or rub against the sides.

But, duh, sanitize the materials and put sample back.
It's narrow, but it still works. Just sanitize the tube, and the bottom cap, and your fine........
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:24 PM   #12
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Buy a refractometer. Only a couple drips required

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Old 04-10-2013, 01:19 AM   #13
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... and then again, you can always be very informal and do the "well, after two or weeks there's a layer of yeast sediment on the bottom and it looks pretty clear and all activity has stopped and the little bit I drank tastes like flat beer so I guess it must be ready" approach. I mean, for your first batch why not? The worst that can happen is that you are left with a feeling that you have a lifetime to perfect your technique. And that can be a good feeling.

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Old 04-10-2013, 01:43 AM   #14
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So he puts it directly in the fermenting bucket and stabilizes it with string and rubber band?
I know guys that put their hydro right in their brew and leave ut there until readings are the same a few days in a row!!!
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:38 AM   #15
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It's [...the tube one bought the hydrometer in ...] narrow, but it still works. Just sanitize the tube, and the bottom cap, and your fine........
I wanted to believe this *so* badly, but when I tried it my hydrometer rubbed against the side giving me inaccurate readings that varied by .01. *sigh* well, more power to you if you can make it work. I couldn't.
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