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Old 02-04-2009, 07:09 PM   #1
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Brewing a red ale.. I just wanted to confess..I NEVER use a hydrometer.... NEVER... I just let everything go for a month primary minimum...

Geesh, Glad to have that out of my system.........
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:27 PM   #2
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Meh, I am a lazy brewer as well. I use my hydrometer (or at least plan to) since going AG for my next batches. I will admit that I didnt let my priming water cool before I dumped it in the keg and siphoned my beer into it. I almost felt bad for those yeasties that were killed as a result of that, but the fact that I had so damn much starsan foam coming up I didnt care long.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:42 PM   #4
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are those real ohiobrewtus?

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Old 02-04-2009, 07:58 PM   #5
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same here I don't take an OG due to only using extract with steeping grains. You always hit your OG when using extract kits I believe. I do take a FG to make sure it is done fermenting. When I start going PM or AG then I will take an OG and see if I have to add any DME to make up for my low efficiency.

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Old 02-04-2009, 08:00 PM   #6
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I'm curious as to how many other "lazy brewers" are out there. I have tasted a lot of my fathers home brews, (some to excess) and with only one exception, they were all terrific, (one I remember was excessively bitter). Otherwise, he made some of the best beer, (not just home brew) that I've ever had and he was an admitted "lazy brewer". This, despite his years as an engineer/designer in the defense industry, he said that brewing was something he just "did" and never got involved with hydrometers, etc....

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Old 02-04-2009, 08:12 PM   #7
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There are folks on this forum that insist that hydrometers are evil................
I like to squeeze the nickle until the buffalo craps-mt rob

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Old 02-04-2009, 08:13 PM   #8
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You can count me in the club.

I take my OG once in a while to see if I'm hitting the spot i want it to be in, since i don't change my recipes (unless for adjuncts) that much, it's usually around the same.

I do take FG when in doubt, some yeasts are kinda puzzling and don't give you much signs of their current works.

I don't use any fancy equipment and don't plan to, cause IMO homebrew has to remain a simple thing to still be fun.

I just throw hop pellets in my wort and leave it there, heck, my beer comes clear after a while in their bottles anyways.

I do mash my grains, but i have also tried just as with the hops with decent results.

I don't boil priming sugars, I just pour a measured amount of 'em in the bottling bucket and stir like mad.

I never followed a given recipe, i just go by feel and sometimes take small notes about what comes out of what i tried.
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:32 PM   #9
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art usually cant be measured accurately with a device. :-)

I expect an old guy whose been brewing for years, just *knows* when his beer says "bottle me!".

Brewing to me is like cooking and love, Jump in with reckless abandon! (albeit sanitary reckless abandon!)

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Old 02-04-2009, 08:32 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Bernie Brewer View Post
There are folks on this forum that insist that hydrometers are evil................
As well as those who insist that not using them is evil...........

I say to each their own. Do what you're comfortable with. Me, I use 'em all the time.
Originally Posted by the_bird
Well, if you *love* it.... again, note that my A.S.S. has five pounds.

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