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Old 02-17-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
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Im new to brewing and was finding using a glass hydrometer difficult are there any other devices out there?

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Old 02-17-2013, 06:12 PM   #2
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There are digital hydrometers, but they cost thousands, and then there are pycnometers, but they require a very clean sample of liquid with no trub. Refractomters are useful for some things, but they have a lot of trouble with measurements once alcohol gets produced.

In short, there are alternatives, but it's a lot easier to learn to love the hydrometer. Good luck!

(Out of curiosity, what's giving you difficulty?)


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Old 02-17-2013, 06:23 PM   #3
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"Im new to brewing and was finding using a glass hydrometer difficult are there any other devices out there?"

There are hydrometers available with a smaller range, giving you a larger scale, which makes it quite easy to read.

My FG hydrometer is a smaller range: 0.980 - 1.020, with about an 1/8 of an inch between each graduation. NICE and easy to read!
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:14 AM   #4
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I love my refractometer- paid for itself in beer saved, just use an online calculator to adjust for FG.
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What specifically are you finding difficult? What works for me is that I just fill the graduated cylinder and set it in a 2 gal bucket of cold water. When it's cooled, just float the hydrometer and read what line it's on.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:23 AM   #6
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Check out this digital hydrometer

www.stm-instrument.com

Any thoughts....
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Its a kickstarter campaign I think. They don't actually have it invented yet.

Seriously, hydrometer = super easy to use. Tell us what's been going wrong for you and Im sure we can help
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Looks nice, but man-oh-man that's a lot of bread for a hydrometer.


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