New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermeneter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Sampling fermenting beer for hydrometer readings




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-19-2011, 11:27 PM   #1
bradical908
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 4
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.



__________________
bradical908 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 11:30 PM   #2
gcdowd
Hopalicious
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
gcdowd's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Baldwinsville, NY
Posts: 1,821
Liked 178 Times on 135 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

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!



__________________

God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world.

gcdowd is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 11:31 PM   #3
mcwilcr
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
mcwilcr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Posts: 880
Liked 77 Times on 60 Posts
Likes Given: 42

Default

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

__________________
mcwilcr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 11:52 PM   #4
bradical908
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 4
Default

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?

__________________
bradical908 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 11:57 PM   #5
lestershy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 134
Default

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.

__________________
lestershy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-20-2011, 12:08 AM   #6
mcwilcr
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
mcwilcr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Posts: 880
Liked 77 Times on 60 Posts
Likes Given: 42

Default

StarSan FTW!

__________________
mcwilcr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-20-2011, 12:14 AM   #7
unionrdr
Gotta home brew jones
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 26,547
Liked 1656 Times on 1462 Posts
Likes Given: 1132

Default

I always keep some PBW & star-san solution in gallon jugs in my fermenter stand. Always comes in handy!
__________________
Everything works if ya let it-Roady(meatloaf)
unionrdr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-20-2011, 12:55 AM   #8
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: "Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,782
Liked 2657 Times on 1602 Posts
Likes Given: 3445

Default

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.



And



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....

__________________

Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

Revvy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-20-2011, 01:03 AM   #9
bigbeergeek
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Visalia, CA
Posts: 4,074
Liked 113 Times on 92 Posts
Likes Given: 79

Default

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.

__________________

"Good people drink good beer." -HST

bigbeergeek is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-20-2011, 01:05 AM   #10
meteorbrews
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 53
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

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



__________________
meteorbrews is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How much is too much: Hydrometer readings taking my beer away! Brewbelly Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 30 05-27-2010 01:22 AM
hydrometer sampling Hex Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 04-14-2010 08:05 PM
Too Many Hydrometer Readings Bad for Beer? brewstev Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 01-06-2010 07:22 PM
Hydrometer sampling splendidus Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 12-31-2009 08:56 PM
hydrometer sampling jrakich87 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 10-04-2008 02:50 PM