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Old 02-16-2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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Default My Hydrometer is floating in my carboy...

I've had a heck of a time taking the readings and to make a long story short, now my pumpkin ale has a hydrometer floating in it...guess I'll be waiting til bottling to fish it out. Yup, that's my latest dumb ars moment and I was totally sober when I pulled that off, (ok go easy I am a blonde afterall) lol
I'm sure there is some sort of tool I need to put the brew in to take these reading?

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Old 02-16-2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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I'm sure there is some sort of tool I need to put the brew in to take these reading?

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i use the plastic tube the hydro came in to take readings. pull out a sample with a turkey baster or thief, take the test, drink the sample, voila.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:56 PM   #3
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Yep, you can use a wine thief or a self priming racking cane to remove beer from your carbouy for testing/sampling.
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Or go ghetto and tie fishing line or dental floss to the top of the hydrometer & lower it in. A double half hitch works wonderfully... Cheers!!!
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i use the plastic tube the hydro came in to take readings. pull out a sample with a turkey baster or thief, take the test, drink the sample, voila.
That is so painfully simple and yet it never dawned on me, gracias!
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Or go ghetto and tie fishing line or dental floss to the top of the hydrometer & lower it in. A double half hitch works wonderfully... Cheers!!!
And that's exactly how I ended up with my floating hydrometer in my ale,
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I've had a heck of a time taking the readings and to make a long story short, now my pumpkin ale has a hydrometer floating in it...guess I'll be waiting til bottling to fish it out. Yup, that's my latest dumb ars moment and I was totally sober when I pulled that off, (ok go easy I am a blonde afterall) lol
I'm sure there is some sort of tool I need to put the brew in to take these reading?

Thanks!
sounds like your going to be able to keep track of the progress in real time!
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And that's exactly how I ended up with my floating hydrometer in my ale,
But did you tie it with a double half hitch?

Also I should qualify. When I mentioned fishing string I didn't mean the monofilament kind. That doesn't stay tied very well. Actually kite string or sewing thread works pretty good too. Just make sure it's all sanitized before entering the fermenter... Cheers!!!
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I had this problem recently, but I only had like 6 inches of airspace. I used chopsticks to fish it out (skillz I know)
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You could also just take a short length of ~1/4 in ID vinyl tubing to get your sample. Plug one end with your thumb, stick the other end in the carboy, release your thumb to pull up the sample and re-seal with your thumb to take the sample out (like how you "picked up" Coke with your straw as a kid......or if your like me as an adult too).
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