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Old 06-30-2010, 11:34 AM   #51
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I don't use a hydrometer much, but I use it without fail when checking FG at the end of fermentation. As mentioned in a previous post, this isn't a completely predictable process, and the only way to be sure that fermentation has finished where you want is to check the specific gravity.....and it's not like it takes more than a few minutes to do it. Better than bottle bombs.
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:06 PM   #52
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When I make beer, I'm aiming for specific statistics. If I don't measure them, I won't know if I hit my targets. Sure, I can tell if I like the end result or not, but it's a lot easier to make adjustments to the next iteration of the recipe with good data for the previous iteration.

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