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Old 01-03-2009, 12:03 AM   #1
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Default taking wort out of fermenter to check hydrometer reading

My homebrew kit came with a hydrometer and a hydrometer tube. What's the best way to remove a little bit of the fermented wort out of the fermenter with the least amount of risk of contamination?

I suppose I could just pop off the lid and scoop some out but I was curious if there was another way. I just need enough to fill the hydrometer tube. Or should I just open the top and put the sanitized hydrometer right in the wort?

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Old 01-03-2009, 12:06 AM   #2
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A sanitized turkey baster works well for me.

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Old 01-03-2009, 12:07 AM   #3
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This is what I use. It works very well.

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Old 01-03-2009, 12:07 AM   #4
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Get yourself a turkey baster. Sanitize it well.

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Old 01-03-2009, 12:12 AM   #5
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I have always checked mine right in the fermenter, whether it be a carboy or bucket. Just sterilize your Hydrometer and you should be good to go. I've never had any issues with infection. That's my way, but I think I'm probably in the minorty of people that use that method.

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Old 01-03-2009, 12:14 AM   #6
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I have always checked mine right in the fermenter, whether it be a carboy or bucket. Just sterilize your Hydrometer and you should be good to go. I've never had any issues with infection. That's my way, but I think I'm probably in the minorty of people that use that method.
How do you get your hydrometer out of your carboy?
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I prefer a turkey baster, but can also use a winetheif...this one is by fermtech...

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ale pail + spigot = no worries. just pour it out of the spigot.

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I used a turkey baster. Works for me.

I'm guessing yankeehillbrewer uses a plastic pail fermenter. It would be a HUGE pain to try and get a hydrometer out of a glass carboy.

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How do you get your hydrometer out of your carboy?
I just keep pushing it down into the wort until it pops up high enough I can pinch it between the neck and my finger. Takes a minute or two, and some patience, but it works.
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