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Old 07-20-2011, 12:27 AM   #1
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Default Sampling fermenting beer for hydrometer readings

Hey there, it's my first batch and first post.

This may seem like a dumb question, but how does one get beer out of the glass carboy to take hydrometer readings? Heard some people mention "pouring" a little out of the carboy, but that seems kinda difficult.

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Old 07-20-2011, 12:30 AM   #2
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I suppose you don't have a wine thief. You could always use a turkey baster. Make sure it is properly sanitized. Pull a sample and squirt into a tube (the tube your hydrometer came in works great). Place the hydrometer in the tube and fill until the hydrometer floats. Don't put the sample back in, drink it!

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use one of the two thief's in the first post here

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Old 07-20-2011, 12:52 AM   #4
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Thanks! I'll check out wine thiefs.

A quick aside about sanitization: do you need to re-sanitize this thing every time you take a sample? If so, do you just keep a bucket of this bleach solution around throughout the entire process?

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Yes you should re-sanitize everytime you're going to touch beer. I would personally advise against a bleach solution, because you need to rinse afterwards and you may have bacteria in your water supply. I'd recommend getting yourself some Star San from the home brew store and keeping a gallon jug of sanitizer solution around.

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StarSan FTW!

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I always keep some PBW & star-san solution in gallon jugs in my fermenter stand. Always comes in handy!
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This is what I use, and it works with both buckets and carboys.
I replaced the plastic one a year ago with an extra long stainless baster from a kitchen ware store and it is awesome. But the plastic one from any grocery store works fine.



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Here's what I do....

1) With a spray bottle filled with starsan I spray the lid of my bucket, or the mouth of the carboy, including the bung. Then I spray my turkey baster inside and out with sanitize (or dunking it in a container of sanitizer).

2) Open fermenter.

3) Draw Sample

4) fill sample jar (usualy 2-3 turky baster draws

5)Spray bung or lid with sanitizer again

6) Close lid or bung

6) add hydrometer and take reading

It is less than 30 seconds from the time the lid is removed until it is closed again. More like 15 if you ask me.

Probably less if you have help. And unless a bird flies in your place and lets go with some poop, you should be okay.

ANd then you drink the sample....don't pour it back in....

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I use about 5 feet of tubing for my hydro samples. I can coil the tube into a small sauce pot filled with a scant volume of sanitizer solution (I'm an iodophor man myself). I wipe down the lid/bung of the carboy with rubbing alcohol, remove the bung (placing it in a coffee mug with about an inch of cheapo vodka just to keep things clean), stick in the sanitized tubing, suck a few feet of beer into the tube, clamp the tube, pull it out of the carboy and stick the bung back in. As Revvy said, maybe 15 seconds of exposure time. Then I just unclamp the tubing into my test column. I threw away my auto siphon about a year ago, I just use tubing now because it's so easy to sanitize.

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How do you suppose i could go about drawing from a glass carboy, but the turkey baster isn't long enough to reach the wort, and the neck of the carboy prevents me from drawing any by tipping it. Shall i just wait my predetermined two weeks and measure when i go to bottle, or just poor some out. Doesn't sound like a good idea to disturb it and the 1" layer of trub. I suppose i could siphon some out with the ole auto siphon if i get desperate

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