Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Do I need a thief?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-30-2012, 10:21 PM   #1
HypnoFrogs
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: victoria, BC
Posts: 42
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts

Default Do I need a thief?

Could I not just sterilize my 1/2 inch tubing and siphon off enough for a test every time? I just don't want to go buying everything when I'm not sure if I will stick with brewing. I would buy a wine thief after the 2nd or 3rd brew. But is siphoning acceptable?


HypnoFrogs is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2012, 10:24 PM   #2
evrose
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Carlsbad, CA
Posts: 841
Liked 301 Times on 159 Posts
Likes Given: 234

Default

Yeah, sure. Or you could use a turkey baster. Or just sterilize a drinking glass (if you use buckets to ferment).


evrose is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2012, 10:26 PM   #3
drakub
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: southbridge, ma
Posts: 50
Likes Given: 7

Default

You can use any turkey baster that has been sanitized but u might have to tip the carboy a bit... im assuming that u r doing gravity reading so u will not need too much of it... just make sure to squeeze the ball to get the air out before u put in a carboy as u dont want to introduce any additional air into ur brew.
drakub is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2012, 10:27 PM   #4
Dan
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Dan's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Makakilo, Hawaii
Posts: 6,594
Liked 2053 Times on 1275 Posts
Likes Given: 2921

Default

There is one thing, well many things that I like about HBT.. But thread titles if taken out of context are hilarious. "Do I need a thief?" Where else but on HBT.

As Evrose said a turkey baster will work just fine. But your original idea is good as well. Ensure whatever you use is sanitized - that's the only important part.
Dan is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2012, 10:29 PM   #5
HypnoFrogs
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: victoria, BC
Posts: 42
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan View Post
There is one thing, well many things that I like about HBT.. But thread titles if taken out of context are hilarious. "Do I need a thief?" Where else but on HBT.

As Evrose said a turkey baster will work just fine. But your original idea is good as well. Ensure whatever you use is sanitized - that's the only important part.
Yeah taken out of context my title is quite hilarious! I did not even notice that till now. Thank you all for the very fast responses!
HypnoFrogs is offline
Dan Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2012, 10:34 PM   #6
supermoth
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 246
Liked 15 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

I use my auto siphon as a thief. It's longer than a turkey baster, which is good for me since I ferment in carboys. Just be ready with your hydrometer jar, because it will drip. If you don't yet have an auto siphon, I highly recommend one!
supermoth is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2012, 10:38 PM   #7
KISS Brew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Athens, Georgia
Posts: 546
Liked 53 Times on 35 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

You can even just sterilize tubing, dip it in, cover the end with your thumb, and take it out. That said, I use a turkey baster.


__________________
Fermenting / Conditioning:
Beyond the Pale Ale, Cut and Dry Stout

Bottled:
Hoptoberfest IPA, Oktoberfest Ale, Blonde Ale, Scottish Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Edwort's Apfelwein, Janet's Brown Ale, Irish Red Ale, Strawberry Wheat, ESB, Belgian Pale Ale

KISS Brew Homebrewing Blog

Most recent post: Beyond the Pale Ale Recipe
KISS Brew is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Clogged thief signpost Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 02-20-2012 08:10 PM
Wine thief necessary? nibiyabi Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 08-17-2010 10:49 PM
Best Beer thief??? Pezman1 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 21 09-02-2009 04:54 PM
Wine Thief mparmer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 08-20-2009 03:51 PM
Thief!! KD5LEF Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 04-22-2008 06:50 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS