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Old 04-05-2011, 12:13 AM   #1
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Where can I acquire one? Which size do I need for hydrometer readings? I've been using the plastic tube that came with my hydrometer, but it leaks bad and I can't get accurate readings does anyone have a link to a single one, as all I can find are sets for around 30 dollars which I don't need.

 
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:17 AM   #2
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My LHBS has a glass cylinder they sell specifically for use with hydrometers (they also have some plastic ones, but I like glass as it seems easier to clean well. LINK
I suppose an actual graduated cylinder could do you double duty if you needed something you could also accurately measure small volumes of liquid in...
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:52 AM   #3
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Any idea how large I would need? I seem to recall someone saying 250ml was perfect for hydro readings but am now unsure.

 
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:56 AM   #4
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You don't need a graduated cylender, there is no need for graduations on it, nor does it need to be glass, you're looking for the wrong thing...you need what is called a "Hydrometer test jar" they're really just a simple tube...

They should be no more than 10 bucks. Or less at any LHBS. This place has them.

http://www.alcoholcontrols.com/hydtesjar.html

Mountain homebrew has them for 6 http://www.mountainhomebrew.com/brow...--Plastic.HTML
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Ebay has them for 3.99 http://cgi.ebay.com/Plastic-hydromet...-/330549300356
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:10 AM   #6
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You don't need a graduated cylender, there is no need for graduations on it, nor does it need to be glass, you're looking for the wrong thing...

Nope. I want to be able to use it for measuring liquid additions also. One less thing to take up space. The swmbo would like it that way...:/

 
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:13 AM   #7
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Also, that plastic one says it isnt meant for high volumes of alcohol. What does that mean? Not for liquor or big beers over 11% ABV??

 
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:29 AM   #8
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You just need anything the right shape (and plastic not glass). a single rose vase from the corner market. The hydrometer has the scale on it, not the cylinder.

 
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:24 AM   #9
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Just get a cheap thin tube. Graduated cylinders are better than beakers or flask for measuring volumes, but if you want to get accurate volumes, you need to be using volumetric flasks/pipets.

 
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Also, that plastic one says it isnt meant for high volumes of alcohol. What does that mean? Not for liquor or big beers over 11% ABV??
Well I don't know this is a 12.5% Barleywine sitting in my under 10 dollar hydrometer test jar....Methinks whoever wrote whatever you read doesn't know jack...



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You just need anything the right shape (and plastic not glass). a single rose vase from the corner market. The hydrometer has the scale on it, not the cylinder.
Exactly....

And if you want graduations to measure whatever you think you need ot measure (I've never needed to measure anything with a graduated cyclinder in brewing in all the years I've been brewing) on them, a sharpy works well, you can measure and mark in permanent marker and STILL be cheaper than a glass one.

Just only do it one one side, NOT the side you want to try to read the tiny lines on the hydrometer with. You'll find trying to read the where the SG falls at the meniscus will be kind of difficult if there's etched lines going down the side. You think you can't get an accurate reading now.

I thought you complained about the cost you saw...we're telling you you don't NEED to spend money on glass labware...methinks we probably have been doing this far longer than you Darklordenron, so we know what works, what's necessary or not.
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