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Old 09-28-2009, 05:18 PM   #1
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OK, so I didn't know better than to put my hydrometer in the dishwasher when I was done using it. Now it has about 3/8" of water in it. Has this ever happened to anyone else? I assume it will go away eventually, but I've got ale in my bucket, and I'm sure to have use for it within the next week. Do I need to blow taps and get a new one, or do you think this one will be OK?
It seemed like a good idea at the time...

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Old 09-28-2009, 05:21 PM   #2
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get a new one. The water in the hydrometer will cause off readings.
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:23 PM   #3
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It also means your hydrometer has a leak and will potentially harbour pathogens. Toss it and get a new one!
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:25 PM   #4
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I'm surprised that thing survived a dish washing cycle without exploding.

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Old 09-28-2009, 07:29 PM   #5
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Probably has a hairline crack. Even if you can get the water to evaporate out I would get rid of it before it cracks in half, possibly in your beer. Probably take forever for the water to evaporate too, can you wait that long??

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