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Old 10-26-2012, 12:56 AM   #1
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Default what do you use to take gravity samples?

I'm looking around my house for something tall enough and having a hard time!! I know the local shop sells beakers that would work, just tryin to be eonomical.



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Old 10-26-2012, 12:59 AM   #2
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I'm using this set: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/3-piece-thief-plastic.html

No real complaints, and it's tall enough to reach inside the carboy with no issues. Plus it's pretty cheap



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Old 10-26-2012, 01:03 AM   #3
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I have a device that looks like a *very* large bottling wand with a gravity valve at the bottom. A thin hydrometer fits inside, and you push it down into the carboy, suck on the end if you need to draw the beer further up, bring it out, take a reading and let the beer drain back down into the carboy. It works pretty well though you have to sometimes take a couple readings to average out the effect of any bubbles in the liquid. They're widely available in BC but I don't know if they are anywhere else. I believe they are made in France.

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I use the two piece sample tube that homebrew stores sell, but i have heard it recommended that you can get a flower bud vase at the dollar store that will work good.

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You can just use the tube the hydrometer comes in.

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You can just use the tube the hydrometer comes in.
Not all hydrometers come in a tube that is usable
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i just stick the hydrometer in the 5 gallons of wort after boiling it to sterilize. anything wrong with that?

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i just stick the hydrometer in the 5 gallons of wort after boiling it to sterilize. anything wrong with that?
As long as it is deep enough,
I don't know if boiling your hydrometer is the best way to sterilize it though.
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I got a nice graduated cylinder from a science/hobby shop that does nicely($5.00) it's plastic and I don't need the graduations.
But I can pretend I'm a scientist.(I getting a flask next)

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As long as it is deep enough,
I don't know if boiling your hydrometer is the best way to sterilize it though.
im confused by "as long as its deep enough". The beer is in the primary bucket so plenty deep. Why is boiling hydrometer not a good way to sterilize?


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