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Old 10-07-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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Any ideas on something to use as a hydrometer test vessel until I can get one. My LHBS is out and I don't want to wait and pay to have one shipped. There has got to be an everyday home item that I can get at a retail store to hold me over......right ??

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:16 PM   #2
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You can use the tube the hydrometer came in if you're in a pinch.

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:21 PM   #3
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Yeah, the hydrometer tube has been working for me.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:34 PM   #4
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I think the op is trying to say that he doesn't have that anymore and is looking for a non brewing equipment idea. You can always use some spare PVC or clear larger diameter tubing. My friend encountered this problem when he brewed a smaller test batch where the fermentation vessel was too shallow for the hydrometer, and he didn't have the hydrometer tube.

Good luck!

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:58 PM   #5
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You could probably use one of those super tall novelty shop glasses that hold like 4 or 6 shots. Not sure where to find them though.

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Old 10-08-2012, 01:44 PM   #6
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Maybe a heffeweizen glass? Sanitized, of course.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:26 PM   #7
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For the record, not all hydrometer packing tubes will work as test tubes. I bought 2 and both came in the same square tube, too short, too narrow and too tight.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:41 PM   #8
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I used my beer thief as the test tube. It seemed to work really well.

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Old 10-08-2012, 04:43 PM   #9
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Bud vase from a dollar store. Or any tube shaped vessel.

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Old 10-08-2012, 06:26 PM   #10
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Good one revs. I didn't think of the bud vase thing. Pretty darn close,isn't it?
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