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Old 10-08-2013, 04:06 AM   #11
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I suck the wort into my mouth and spit it into the hydrometer tube.

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I use a turkey baster if I am fermenting in a bucket due to the size of the hole. Otherwise, I use the plastic wine thief that you can put your hydrometer in to take a reading from a carboy.

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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.
Check AHS I believe they still have them prices around $7. Even with shipping it'd be cheaper than your LHBS and they have always packed my products great.

NOTE: I use the glass thief cause I'm hardcore like that.
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...anybody else just use the spigot on the bucket?

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I have spigots on both my fermenters,it makes life so much easier. I spray Starsan up into the spout on the spigot & wipe it out with a paper towel,spritz again & take the hydrometer sample. Just take the airlock cap & centerpiece out first to prevent sucking airlock liquid into the fermenter.

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I use a cheap $5 thief. 1.5 draws and I have enough to float my hydro.

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Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I just sanitize the hydrometer and drop it right in the bucket.

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Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I just sanitize the hydrometer and drop it right in the bucket.
That'll work.
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Unless there's still some krauen. Or if,like me & you wear glasses. Seein clearly at sharp angles doesn't work so good.

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