Originally Posted by christpuncher123
I know what a hydrometer is, it's just been so long since i needed to use one. Wort goes into the fermenter, 4-6 weeks later beer goes into the keg, easy! People seem to worry way to much about taking hydrometer readings!
I simply like to KNOW what my OG/FG is on batches. I take the OG with my refractometer sometime before I keg the batch. I also typically take the FG from what's left in the transfer tube from when I keg. More so that I know what the ABV% is (for FG) and how well the mash went (for the OG)...
I also tend to give my batches at least enough time to complete, so it's not that much of a concern about fermentation being finished.
BTW, I still have my original hydrometer, that came with my first hardware kit. So about 1-1/2 years in and haven't broken a single one.
Of course, it does help that I'm not using it.