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Old 08-19-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default Well, I finally joined the club (Broke Hydrometer)

I finally broke my first F'in Hydrometer. I blame it on the fact that I'm going through my first stuck/slow fermentation here I actually need to use the thing more than once in a month. I guess I'll swirl the carboy one more time, give it a few days, then keg! Who knows what I'll actually be drinking ABV wise.
I'll be ordering a new one next week when I order ingredients for the GreenwoodRover Brew


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Old 08-19-2009, 01:38 PM   #2
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Get a refractometer.


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Old 08-19-2009, 03:11 PM   #3
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Get a refractometer.
+1 The refractometer makes things soooo much easier. You can get a brand new one off Ebay for about $20 and never worry about breaking a hygrometer again.
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I was under the impression that both are really needed. IE Refractometer = no good during/after fermentation. I would like a refractometer for sure for the Pre boil and OG readings.

Link me that $20 one!!
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Well, they are no good on their own but the conversion utility in Beersmith does a great job. Only, you need a hydro to determine the difference and set it up.

I say get both. That way, if you ever break a refractometer you'll have a hydro for backup.
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I was under the impression that both are really needed. IE Refractometer = no good during/after fermentation. I would like a refractometer for sure for the Pre boil and OG readings.

Link me that $20 one!!
You can use a correction factor provided you know the OG.
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You can use a correction factor provided you know the OG.
I'll definitely look into them. I have a birthday on the 31st.
What are some specs I need to look at? Ranges and features?
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0-32 Brix with ATC (Automatic Temperature Compensation).

Something just like this.
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Ranges I believe you want are from 0-32 (maybe 35 brix). Try to make sure it has automatic temperature compensation, although they may all have this. Not that temperature is a big issue, I mean you're only using a drop or two.
You're going to be really happy, refract's are really great to have!
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Ranges I believe you want are from 0-32 (maybe 35 brix). Try to make sure it has automatic temperature compensation, although they may all have this.
Echo, echooooooo?


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