Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Shot Hydrometers?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-21-2008, 03:52 AM   #1
Petunia
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 141
Default Shot Hydrometers?

Hey, I have a question.

I have 3 hydrometers. I just brewed a couple of beer kits and two of the hydrometers just shoot way up to an unregisterable degree. One will read true. What is the deal with the other two? There seems to be no discernible difference between any of them.

Thank you,

Jennifer

__________________
Primary: High Gravity's Desiree Cream Ale -
Welch's Frozen Concentrate Wine -
Strawberry Wine which is looking beautiful btw -
Apfelwein No. 4
Bottled and getting bubbly --> 3rd batch of Apfelwein
Bottled: Elderberry Wine --> Good Stuff!
Done and Drinking: Irish Stout, American Cream Ale, EdWort's Apfelwein, American Wheat Ale excellent now that it has aged, Raspberry wine: too wonderful for words! Red Ale

www.badpasofinoethics.com

Pantry is getting crowded again
Petunia is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-21-2008, 03:57 AM   #2
Fingers
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Fingers's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba
Posts: 4,212
Liked 24 Times on 22 Posts

Default

Wow, that's pretty poor odds. Did you try them in ordinary water? The good one will read 1.000. Personally, with odds like that I'd suspect any one of the same style. Can you afford a refractometer?

__________________
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.

Last edited by Fingers; 03-21-2008 at 04:01 AM.
Fingers is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-21-2008, 03:57 AM   #3
carls47807
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Fulton, NY
Posts: 33
Default

could the paper inside have come loose?

i would say check for cracks, but this would not cause the hydrometer to rise too high, if anything it would cause it to sink.

is the s.g. scale the same on all 3 hydrometers?

__________________
carls47807 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-21-2008, 04:12 AM   #4
BigKahuna
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BigKahuna's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Eastern Colorado
Posts: 5,942
Liked 48 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Make sure that they are not Proof meters...designed to show alcohol content of distilled spirits. They look the same, but will nearly float right out of the jar in plain water.

__________________
Seriously. I'm here for BEER
It's Not The Size Of Your Rig That Counts....It's How Often You Use It.
BigKahuna is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-21-2008, 03:07 PM   #5
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,651
Liked 133 Times on 126 Posts

Default

What's the scale? They may be finish hydrometers and only read .980-1.020. The bulbs would be 2-3 times as big as well.

__________________

Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Are there better hydrometers? jakeshivers Equipment/Sanitation 17 11-03-2009 08:06 PM
Hydrometers stink! Calvinfan1 General Techniques 34 07-09-2009 04:28 PM
Any recommendations on Hydrometers? Clintos Equipment/Sanitation 11 05-15-2009 08:37 AM
Hydrometers budbo Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 03-04-2006 06:28 PM