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Old 04-16-2014, 04:26 AM   #21
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I'm not sure how it's gone bad either. I've examined it thoroughly and I can't see any cracks. And yet in samples of two different beers it gave the exact same reading, while the other other hydrometer gave a different reading.

Either it's possessed by a ghost or... cough... cough... (I so hate to admit this might be the case so I'll write it really tiny...)

I didn't have enough beer in the tube and it was resting on the bottom... but then it would have to have had the same error for two different batches and have deviated by exactly the same amount

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Old 04-16-2014, 12:57 PM   #22
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I've done that, but realized my mistake before asking on HBT

Have you rechecked the original hydrometer in plain water?

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Old 04-16-2014, 01:27 PM   #23
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there's definitely some good advice here - I'm getting ready to brew a few lagers, and have been reading up on it. I didn't know what "fast fermenting" referred to, and since I'm probably not the only one to not know, I found this website that helped me understand the why's.

http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php...t_Ferment_Test

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Old 04-18-2014, 11:58 AM   #24
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So I did a water test on the hydrometer, and indeed it was out by 4 points (1.004). So I took another test of the oktoberfest with my second (working thermometer) and it measured 1.015. So I've put it in the fridge to lager. I gave the sample a taste and any oily-slick texture is no longer there.

My only concern now (and it's probably rather trite) is that it seems a bit darker than I expected.

I'm glad I found out now that the first hydrometer I had was out of whack. It's probably given me a few misreadings on a few batches. I guess I'll have to pick up another one for backup, although I have yet to physically break one... knock on wood.

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