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Old 07-05-2009, 09:02 PM   #1
Feb 2008
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I want to test the FG of my Saison -- how do you boys usually test it? Just siphon out a tiny bit? I don't want to contaminate my batch!

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Old 07-05-2009, 09:13 PM   #2
May 2009
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Besides a turkey baster, which i think is the best. Stick it in, squeeze it, release and it sucks it in the tube. I dont have one so I have just poured a little bit into a cup. Not sure if that is the best way but its the only way I have.

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Old 07-05-2009, 09:29 PM   #3
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Don't pour! It'll aerate the beer, as well as stir up the sediment. Either use a wine thief, which is designed for that purpose, a siphon, or a turkey baster! As long as the tool is sanitized, those all work fine.
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:43 PM   #4
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wine thief ftw

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Old 07-05-2009, 10:32 PM   #5
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I use a wine thief. It's so easy, and they cost $8 at my LHBS. I transfer it into a cylinder designed for measuring gravity. I take out about 6 oz per test, and I get to taste the work in progress.

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Old 07-05-2009, 10:34 PM   #6
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I also use a Wine Thief. Turkey Basters I have seen and have are not long enough for my 6.5 gallon carboy.

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Old 07-06-2009, 12:58 AM   #7
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I just bought this wine thief from Austin Homebrew. Couldn't be happier with it.
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:30 AM   #8
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Warren, MI USA
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1+ Wine Theif. Easy.
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:51 AM   #9
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Racking adapter on my Better Bottle

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