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Old 08-02-2010, 01:36 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by TheBroonery View Post
Never broken one, but I have a question. Is that paper scale anchored in any way other than it being rolled up and pressed against the inside of the glass? what's to keep it from shifting? How do I check the calibration of mine to make sure the paper hasn't moved?
If you use pure water, it should read 1.000. If not, adjust accordingly.

Oh, and I've seen this thread and thought "Glad that's not me!"; yet here I am reporting that we need to add a +1 to the running total.

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Old 08-02-2010, 01:42 PM   #42
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zero, but I wish this one would break. it's 2 points off and i keep forgetting that fact...

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Old 08-02-2010, 01:48 PM   #43
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2 years brewing, 1 hydrometer broken.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:18 PM   #44
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Five years and 46 batches, and I've never broken one while brewing. I have had one broken by a friend who knocked it out of the drying rack and onto the kitchen counter.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:36 PM   #45
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haven't broken mine yet, but what about thermometers?

I'm already on my second and I've only been brewing since May.
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:46 PM   #46
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One hydrometer in my house was broken yesterday (not by me), crushed against the side of a large tub of approx 18g star san by a bulky object. Pumped the star san out to other containers at the end of the brew day and filtered/wiped out the remaining shards.

Its been probably 4 years since one got broken, I think 2 broke in the past.

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Old 08-02-2010, 06:03 PM   #47
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No, I don't think the scale is anchored in most of them.

Put it in distilled water at its calibrated temperature and see if it reads 1.000, to check its calibration. (I just use tap water; it's not going to have enough dissolved stuff in there to read a point higher than it would in distilled.)

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Old 08-02-2010, 08:05 PM   #48
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I broke one on my 2nd batch! Damn thing stabbed me too.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:22 AM   #49
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2 years 4

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Old 08-03-2010, 11:25 AM   #50
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I've been brewing for almost 4 years and haven't broken one yet. I guess that means I'm due....
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