Originally Posted by shaggynuts24
am i wrong for tipping my fermentor on its side and filling a glass to get my sample?
That sounds like a sure-fire way to slip and have a disaster on your hands. Not to mention, if you're hoping to rack anytime soon, you don't want to be tipping your fermenter and stirring up a bunch of the trub again. At the very least, just go get yourself a turkey baster! Sanitize it each time and only use it for homebrew.
Wine thiefs are great, especially for those with carboys, though when using buckets a lot of people simply sanitize the hydrometer and put it right in the bucket once the krausen has fallen.