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Old 12-25-2012, 07:04 AM   #11
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At least my responses were right. LOL. Im learning this game!


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Old 12-25-2012, 07:13 AM   #12
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Merry Christmas!

Can someone explain (as you would to a 5 year old) how I get liquid from my sealed fermenter into a hydrometer? Reviewing Appendix A of 'How To Brew' (how to use a Hydrometer) seems to assume you already know this.

I have an auto-syphon, some tubing, and a hydrometer.


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Old 12-25-2012, 07:18 AM   #13
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Merry Christmas!

Can someone explain (as you would to a 5 year old) how I get liquid from my sealed fermenter into a hydrometer? Reviewing Appendix A of 'How To Brew' (how to use a Hydrometer) seems to assume you already know this.

I have an auto-syphon, some tubing, and a hydrometer.
I highly suggest you just go get some yeast like Nottingham or US 05 and toss it in. If you don't see any krausenn (yeast bubbling at the top of beer) or see a lot of yeast on the bottom showing they are reproducing, milky whiteish color is yeast. If these have not happened throw in the new yeast. Sit back have a beer and wait a couple days
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:24 AM   #14
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To get a sample, get yourself a beer or wine thief. Go to northernbrewer.com and search for it. Or get a turkey Baster, sanitize it well and use it. Use the tube your hydrometer came in to test if you don't have a tester.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:25 AM   #15
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Merry Christmas!

Can someone explain (as you would to a 5 year old) how I get liquid from my sealed fermenter into a hydrometer? Reviewing Appendix A of 'How To Brew' (how to use a Hydrometer) seems to assume you already know this.

I have an auto-syphon, some tubing, and a hydrometer.
Oh and to answer your question run the end of tubing under hot water to loosen it up. Shove it on tip of auto siphon. Now sanitize auto siphon and then use it to extract your wort. Extract just a little into a cylinder with your siphon. Stick hydrometer in take reading voila
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:26 AM   #16
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First put the floating hydrometer into the empty test jar. Next, sanitize the siphon and tubing. Next, connect the siphon and tubing, then siphon some of the beer into the test jar as best as you can. Try to fill the test jar close to the top but not spill it. If you haven't used the siphon before, practice with some regular water prior to sanitizing.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:26 AM   #17
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Merry Christmas!

Can someone explain (as you would to a 5 year old) how I get liquid from my sealed fermenter into a hydrometer? Reviewing Appendix A of 'How To Brew' (how to use a Hydrometer) seems to assume you already know this.

I have an auto-syphon, some tubing, and a hydrometer.
Use a turkey baster or a wine thief to fill the hydometer sampling tube, I do this with the hydrometer in the tube. Either remove the lid (pail) or remove the airlock (carboy) and take the sample. Most suggest, tasting the sample and then dumping it. Do not put it back into the fermentor.
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Since you mentioned that you have a bucket for a fermenter, take the lid off, sanitize something (turkey baster works, wine thief works, measuring cup works, coffee cup works) to remove a sample for testing , then put the lid back on loosely. If your hydrometer says it didn't ferment, add yeast.
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:11 PM   #19
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My biggest piece of advice is to come here daily and check out the beginners forum and read any thread that even slightly grabs your attention. My second brew went 100 times smoother because of other peoples questions. There are people here that are great at breaking down answers to make sense. And will usually answer follow up questions as well.
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  • Is there a better resource than 'How to brew' that is for new brewers that will point out the problem areas (ie, sterilize the entire container.. dont use hot water for the yeast).
You're looking at it. Don't be afraid to ask questions, especially in this Beginner's section.


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