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Old 05-26-2007, 06:18 AM   #1
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I have a confession to make.

I have been homebrewing for almost a year, I have almost 20 different brews under my belt. None of which have been any less than good. Even a few that the most critical of critics would call excellent.

I own a wine thief and a hydrometer, but I have never used either one. Not once have I taken a sample and tested it to find out how much alcohol, or if my fermentation was really done.

Does this make me a bad person?





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Old 05-26-2007, 06:25 AM   #2
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Not at all. There are several on this forum that never used a hydrometer, or only used it when starting.

It's all a matter of choice. I personally use one to figure out when to bottle, because I don't have the confidence to be sure.

If your beers are awesome, do what works.
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Old 05-26-2007, 01:35 PM   #3
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Using extracts, you can be pretty well assured of winding up with a relatively predictable product, so no big deal.

Contrast that with when someone does an all grain batch. Once I shot for an OG of 1.120 and wound up missing my mash temperatures and my OG was at 1.039. You can imagine the disappointment. Can't say I wouldn't have been MORE disappointed if I'd let the wort ferment and then bottle condition for 4 months only to find that it barely delivered a buzz. The rest of my batches have been good, but the hydrometer can be a pretty important tool for All Grainers... much more so than for extract.
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Old 05-26-2007, 05:41 PM   #4
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i think you are a horrible, horrible person.

j/k

i always use a hydrometer cuz i brew a lot of big beers and i'm worried about them going explody
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Old 05-26-2007, 05:50 PM   #5
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Half the reason I use a hydrometer is to taste the sample.
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Old 05-27-2007, 12:54 AM   #6
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Half the reason I use a hydrometer is to taste the sample.

you took the words right out of my mouth

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Old 05-27-2007, 05:17 AM   #7
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Quote:
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Half the reason I use a hydrometer is to taste the sample.

That idea just might make me change my ways.....
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Old 05-27-2007, 05:23 AM   #8
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Quote:
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you took the words right out of my mouth

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Old 05-27-2007, 05:44 AM   #9
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I have 41 brews under my belt and have used a hydrometer on about every one, but only just to check the alcohol. I have never used it to run to the primary, pull a sample, and then ask myself "Is it done?" I just let time do that for me.
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