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Old 10-08-2013, 01:51 PM   #21
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If you use buckets, get lids with the larger stopper hole for the air lock.. then a cheap thief @8.99
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Spray the airlock stopper area with starsan, remove, spray thief with starsan, drop in bucket and pull sample.....remove thief. spray lid hole and airlock again,, put in place.. Drop the hydrometer in the thief and take your reading.

The process takes less time then it took me to type this.... and no screwing with removing the bucket lid or risk shaking up the trub / yeast cake in the bucket, exposure to O2, larger contamination exposure ect.


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Old 10-08-2013, 02:30 PM   #22
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If you use buckets, get lids with the larger how for the air lock stopper.. then a cheap thief @8.99
http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...oducts_id=1227

Spray the airlock stopper area with starsan, remove, spray thief with starsan, drop in bucket and pull sample.....remove thief. spray lid hole and airlock again,, put in place.. Drop the hydrometer in the thief and take your reading.

The process takes less time then it took me to type this.... and no screwing with removing the bucket lid or risk shaking up the trub / yeast cake in the bucket, exposure to O2, larger contamination exposure ect.
+1.

I've never liked the idea of prying off the bucket lid to get a hydro sample for the very reasons stated. This sounds like a very good workable alternative to installing a spigot on the fermenter bucket (my current solution). I haven't had an issue with a leaking fermenter spigot, but it certainly is possible.

Where did you find a bucket lid that had the larger stopper hole? Mine both have the little holes with a grommet for direct insertion of the airlock.


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Old 10-08-2013, 02:52 PM   #23
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Large turkey baster here. Takes about 2-3 pulls. Also have a plastic wine thief that I absolutely hate. Only pulls a little beer with each attempt and loses a fair amount in transfer. It must just be a real crappy one or I'm just an idiot which is entirely likely
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Large turkey baster here. Takes about 2-3 pulls. Also have a plastic wine thief that I absolutely hate. Only pulls a little beer with each attempt and loses a fair amount in transfer. It must just be a real crappy one or I'm just an idiot which is entirely likely
Sounds like you're not using it right. You Gould easily be able to fill your thief, so it should be able to pull its own volume.

Also, if it leaks at the valve on the bottom, give it a shake to reseat the valve. Mine almost always drips after I get done filling it, but a single extra shake with the end OUT of the beer seals the valve.

Obviously if you have something else that works, feel free to use it. I don't work for the thief industry or anything, so I don't really care what you use, I just hate for you to disregard a common tool.
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Where did you find a bucket lid that had the larger stopper hole? Mine both have the little holes with a grommet for direct insertion of the airlock.
First two buckets I bought had a large hole, next 3 I bought did not so I put um on the mil and machined a hole.

A hole saw with some clean up would work as well.. Just clamp the lid to a piece of wood as a backer
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Here's a lid removal tool I showed in one of my gadget videos; http://www.midwestsupplies.com/pail-opening-tool.html
I use a cheap rubber mallet to install the lid & this to remove it. No more sore fingers!
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I got a turkey baster from the dollar store. It works perfectly. In my opinion, spending a bunch of money on stuff defeats the purpose of making your own beer.
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You also have to balance how much easier &/or quicker a given gadget can make your brew or bottling day against being minimalistic monetarilly. I always get reminded of how going too cheap can be a bad thing sometimes.
Also being older,making things as easy as possible is a good thing.
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I just cup my hands together and dip into bucket, then funnel into beaker.
I use a stainless mini pitcher (think expresso) or baster.
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a straw. And yes, I have a problem waiting for it to be done.


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