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Old 02-23-2013, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Wine thief suggestion

I know its a small purchase but it seems I read mixed reviews about any wine thief I find.

Any recommendations and/or thoughts on what NOT should be bought?


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Old 02-23-2013, 03:58 PM   #2
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One dollar turkey baster


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Old 02-23-2013, 04:01 PM   #3
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I like the actual wine thief because I can drop my hydrometer in there for testing gravity, I don't need another vessel like you would with a turkey baster.

Had mine for 2+ years now, it's getting a little gunked on the bottom but otherwise it works just as well as day 1
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i like the actual wine thief because i can drop my hydrometer in there for testing gravity, i don't need another vessel like you would with a turkey baster.

Had mine for 2+ years now, it's getting a little gunked on the bottom but otherwise it works just as well as day 1
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I'm always afraid the rubber on a turkey baster can't be cleaned and sanitized properly, particularly when it gets older.

Now no-one dumps the drawn test back into the fermenter, right?

I use a plexiglass wine thief and it is very long, which is good for taking a sample from the middle of the fermenter, not just the top. On the other hand, the length makes them a little awkward to clean and sanitize.

Most turkey basters I've seen are quite short, although my LHBS has long stainless ones, alas with a regular rubber bulb, not silicone.

Be careful with "dropping" hydrometers into any vessel. If they bottom out, they'll very likely crack.
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:41 PM   #6
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I bought a wine thief, but I found it pretty awkward to use.

I typically use buckets for fermenting, so nowadays I just take the top off the bucket, then dip in a thoroughly cleaned & sanitized coffee cup or beer sampler glass and pull a sample that way.
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I stock a few different thief's but the one you guys are talking about where you can put your hydrometer into is Fermitechs "The Thief":

http://brewandwinesupply.com/index.p...product_id=398
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That is the one I have...I think it works great and couldn't imagine using anything different. Stick it in, pull it out, drop hydro in, read, drink sample.
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I think it's cool, but it's just something I wasted money on. I use a Refractometer, and roll a drop off a knife.
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Off thread;
I thought you couldn't rely on the refractometer once hop additions, Irish moss, etc. were added as it through off reading. That's the only reason I haven't gotten one. I hate the big sample volume loss with the wine thief. Anyone have comments on this thread spin off?


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