So i am about to start brewing some Kilkenney Red Ale (this is my second brew) and i was curious what is the norm for hydrometer reading methods. I have heard that some people will take a sample after adding the yeast and after taking the initial hydrometer reading they put this sample in a bottle with some paper towels stuffing up the top to allow excess CO2 to escape. They then use this sample to take future hydrometer readings(this method assumes that the fermentation reactions in the bottle will occur at the same rate as in the fermentor). what do you guys do? do u follow the procedure above or do u take a sample from the fermentor every time u want to take a reading?
-I'd like to apologize in advance if i am missing a previous thread about this or just haven't done enough research myself, kinda new at this.