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Old 02-04-2011, 02:26 AM   #1
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Yes, you guessed it, it rolled off the table at the most inopportune time. Just before taking a reading on an experimental brew!! Anyway, I'm thinking of just getting a refractometer instead.

Any reason I can't completely replace a hydrometer with a refractometer?

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Old 02-04-2011, 02:40 AM   #2
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a refractometer doesnt give you an accurate reading post-fermentation. You have to use a correction scale. It only gives true readings pre-fermentation.

However. Get one. Do it now. One of the best things you can do to really dial in your brews. (read: instant gravity readings pre boil, mid boil, post boil...adjust gravity to hit target OG with DME or Water on the fly...)

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Old 02-04-2011, 03:20 AM   #3
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I would also recomend getting a refractometer. I use this chart from More Beer to check my FG. I check with a hydrometer every now and then but so far the chart seems to be close enough.

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Old 02-04-2011, 03:54 AM   #4
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IMO, you really should have one of each. Treat both with care and they will last you a lifetime. I've been brewing for more than ten years. I have three hydrometers and have not broken any to date. Still have my original refractometer too. I sometimes wear tools out, but only rarely do I break or lose any.

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Old 02-04-2011, 11:08 AM   #5
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You might be best served by not letting hydrometers roll off tables, than by using refractometers. Just sayin'.

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