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Old 09-02-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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Default How do you take samples from your fermenter?

Just curious how all of you prefer to take samples from your fermenter, say for measure gravity or tasting.

I have become very frustrated with auto-siphons as of late; way to easy have flow back that I would like to avoid. So I have taken to just sucking on a tube and pinching it off before it reaches my mouth. Probably not the most sanitary....
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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I slide the 6.5g fermenter bucket to the front of my fermenter fridge so that the spigot I installed hangs over the front edge, spray it with StarSan, let that drip out, fill the sample tube from the spigot, spray again with StarSan.

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Old 09-02-2013, 05:41 PM   #3
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Pretty new around here but thus far I've been using a sanitized turkey baster and pouring it in to the (sanitized) plastic tube my hydrometer shipped in. Real easy.
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I use a sanitized thief. I also primarily use carboys.
Star san in a spray bottle. I also rarely sample. Its easier just to wait an extra week and it will be done normally.
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I use a sanitized thief. I also primarily use carboys.
Star san in a spray bottle. I also rarely sample. Its easier just to wait an extra week and it will be done normally.
That's the one! I was trying to think of what they are called. I kept googleing sample grabber with no success. Thanks!

I like the turkey baster idea too.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:59 PM   #6
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+1 for baster, picked one up today after the suggestion of this very forum
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:13 PM   #7
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Don't take samples here. Just leave it in the primary for 3-4 weeks and it's done. KISS!
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Don't take samples here. Just leave it in the primary for 3-4 weeks and it's done. KISS!
I do this but I also use a star san sanatized wine thief to draw out a sample and test gravity.... could always sanatize the hydrometer and forgo the jar but might be sketchy in a carboy
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Don't take samples here. Just leave it in the primary for 3-4 weeks and it's done. KISS!
Not saying I take samples every day! I usually take a sample after week 1 to make sure I don't need to pitch more yeast, then another sample before I keg to make sure it's not "green"
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Don't take samples here. Just leave it in the primary for 3-4 weeks and it's done. KISS!
+1 My first year of brewing I sampled a lot, but after you learn what it should look like and how long it takes taking samples is just tedious. Time and temperature are far more important.
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