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Old 10-24-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
BubbaK
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I found out today that you don't want to use your mouth as an extra hand to hold a hydrometer. It doesn't take much to crush it between your teeth. Luckily I only managed to get one cut on my tongue and one on my lip. Next time I'll ask for help I guess... I wasn't even drinking...
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:34 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure everyone has broken one or two of those. They're pretty fragile Never put one in your mouth lol.

 
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:42 AM   #4
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So what does glass taste like, eh? I guess a couple drops of blood in your brew may not hurt it. It could be your new Halloween brew.
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:09 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BubbaK View Post
I wasn't even drinking...
Well there's your problem.

 
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:29 AM   #6
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Good to hear that i'm not the only one that has done that. I couldn't believe how easily it broke. In my case I just ended up with a mouth full of glass.

 
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:44 AM   #7
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I learned two new hydrometer lessons over the weekend:

1. I now refuse to keep the hydrometer inside its tube. Too easy to assume, when you pick it up, which side is up.

2. There's a hydrometer (cheaper) that measures the proof of distilled alcohol, not for beer, and it's inconveniently placed next to the real hydrometers at the LHBS.

 
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:23 AM   #8
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At least it wasn't a mercury thermometer.

 
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:02 PM   #9
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Luckily I didn't panic when it happened and I didn't get much of a mouthful. I rinsed my mouth and got all the glass out.. I hope. I barely even put pressure on it. It wasn't over the carboy or my sample, so that was good. I only chopped the top off. The whole thing didn't shatter which is a good thing. This has been the batch from hell. Its caused me too many problems.. It may be a sign to dump and quit while I'm only at a little loss.

(I'm not really going to dump it, but I want to)
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:39 PM   #10
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Wow! THanks for sharing so I know what not to do. THat stinks.

+1 on the comment of the dang hydro tube not being closed when you pick it up.
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