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Old 09-26-2013, 01:39 AM   #1
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Default What do you use to take your gravity samples?

Do you just use a measuring cup (sanitized), pull out what you need to fill the tube with the Hydrometer in it or is there a preferred method?

My 1st batch is still in the primary (just 3 days) but I was trying to set up my brewing area with all the equipment I needed when I started thinking about how to do this.

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Old 09-26-2013, 01:48 AM   #2
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I use a cheap turkey baster. No fancy wine thief for me....just make sure you sanitize it first.

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For buckets I use a sanitized 1c measuring cup. For better bottles I use my auto siphon as a huge syringe.

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The spigots that I added to my fermenter buckets to make sample much easier.
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I use a cheap turkey baster. No fancy wine thief for me....just make sure you sanitize it first.
You mean a $7.99 wine thief? Fancy?

Using a a thief literally only takes two ounces of fluid, and introduces almost no oxygen to the beer. As a matter of fact, if you like to taste your samples, it's almost disappointing how little it sucks up

I used a baster once. Once. I bought a thief, and no way in heck I would ever do without one again.
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I actually do have a thief

Do you pull the whole lid off for that or just take the air-lock off and use that hole?

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I actually do have a thief

Do you pull the whole lid off for that or just take the air-lock off and use that hole?
Take the lid off. Just don't cough, spit, sneeze, poop, throw a cat into, throw cat poop into, throw your own poop into, or forget about it and decide to have tea and crumpets while it's off, and you'll be fine.

That being said, don't get nuts and start taking the lid off every day. If you're really worried that your beer hasn't reached FG yet, sit back and wait a few days. If you're still worried, wait more. If you have the slightest bit of worry that your beer might possibly not quite be done almost fermenting, sit your happy ass back and wait a few more days.
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Take the lid off. Just don't cough, spit, sneeze, poop, throw a cat into, throw cat poop into, throw your own poop into, or forget about it and decide to have tea and crumpets while it's off, and you'll be fine.

That being said, don't get nuts and start taking the lid off every day. If you're really worried that your beer hasn't reached FG yet, sit back and wait a few days. If you're still worried, wait more. If you have the slightest bit of worry that your beer might possibly not quite be done almost fermenting, sit your happy ass back and wait a few more days.
Seconded.

I also use a fancy $6.99 glass thief and it suits my purposes fine. A couple dips in the carboy and I have plenty to measure and sample.
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I use a sterile serological pipet. I pull out 25ml, enough to take a refractometer reading and a small taste.

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Any recommendations on where to purchase the wine thief from? My LHBS sells them for $15.95. That's a little pricey if you ask me.

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