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Old 01-19-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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Hello, I am very new to home brewing and I'm having difficulty with my hydrometer readings. I tried to do an initial reading prior to fermentation and my hydrometer only sunk to the bottom of the tube. I tried again with just water and same result. I contacted my vendor and they gave me a new hydrometer... Same result. What am I doing wrong!?!?!
Any help is appreciated. Thanks!


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Old 01-19-2013, 05:37 PM   #2
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Hard to tell without a picture or a more in-depth explanation of what you are doing. At first guess, are you filling the sample tube with enough wort/beer to float the entire hydrometer?


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Old 01-19-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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Is your tube longer than the hydrometer? What's the temp that you're taking your reading? Is this the initial reading or the final reading (after fermentation )?
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:46 PM   #4
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Here the tube is filled enough that it pushes to overflow.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:50 PM   #5
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Your tube is much too small. The tube needs to be at least as tall at the hydrometer.
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I just float mine in the bucket its much easier that way.
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Ok. I'll try something at least as tall. Will I be discarding too much liquid though?

Oops.... Didn't read clearly. I'll sanitize the hydrometer and try the bucket.
Thanks everyone. I'll update after I try tomorrow.
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I highly recommend picking up a "thief". Its great to take readings and there's no loss of brew!! Ask about it at your LHBS.
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Ok. I'll try something at least as tall. Will I be discarding too much liquid though?
I drink my samples so there is no waste. My tube holds 3/4 of a cup, so there is not much waste even if I throw it away.
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That looks like the protective case the hydrometer came in. I have read about people using those but it needs to be taller. You need to get a test jar(tall clear plastic tube), like in the link and use a beer thief (the white plastic thing that looks like a turkey baster- or just use a turkey baster) to fill up the test jar.


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