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Old 06-25-2012, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default Precision Hydrometer - what are your thoughts?

Williams Brewing is selling an interesting looking Hydrometer.

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/BREWE...ETER-P529.aspx

The "BREWER'S EDGE® BOTTLING HYDROMETER" is limited to 1.04 to 1.00, but its longer, so its very easy to see the gravity.
They do look a bit fragile.

Has anyone used this product?


Note - Austin Home Brew has a similar Hydrometer, from 1.02 to .98 which is less suitable for brewing but perhaps better for Cider or Wine?
[you can place a nut on a Hydrometer to lower its range]

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/popup_...s.php?pID=2089


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Old 06-25-2012, 12:15 AM   #2
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It looks interesting yet gimmicky to me. The fact that it only goes to 1.040 pretty much rules it out for my brewery...


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Old 06-25-2012, 12:22 AM   #3
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My precision hydrometer reads from 0.970 to 1.020. It's great for monitoring finish gravities. The one you have listed would be fine for brewing, but not cider, wines or mead.
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I really like mine. Makes it easy to read the final gravity of a brew.
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I'm mildly interested in getting one sometime. I agree with David42 though, it needs to go down to wine finish gravities else it wouldn't be worth it.
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I don't have the williams one

A GOOD hydrometer is a joy to use.
I use a .980-1.020 for bottling all the time. very accurate, very easy to read.
a 1.060-1.140 for wine and big beer and a general purpose 1-1.070 one.
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You can change it from 1.04 -1.00 to 1.02 - .98

Put it in 60 degree water, so it shows 1.000. Then find a nut/washer(s) that will sink it .01 or .02. You now have a 1.02 - .98 Hydrometer. (and can remove the nut/washer if you want the original range back.


AustinHomeBrew sells a similar product, measuring 1.02 - .98 (same span .04, just a different range)
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:03 AM   #8
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I bought one from morebeer and I like to use it to check FG my regular one works too but this is easier to read at a glance.
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any reason to not just use a refractometer?
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Quote:
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any reason to not just use a refractometer?
Because conversion charts after fermentation aren't as accurate as a hydrometer to some due to the alcohol. Different strokes for different folks.


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