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Old 10-08-2013, 08:30 PM   #11
aeromarco
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i don't have a beer thief, and no brewing store either. i live in Portugal and there are few home brewers, i buy my tools online. but i will look for that tool.

Another thing. my beer is in the fermenter since last sunday. how many time do i need to let ir ferment?

By the way, thanks a lot guys. I am relieved. I will post the results latter.

 
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:38 PM   #12
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A beer thief is helpful but isn't really necessary - I have one and have only used it a couple times. You can take a gravity sample by opening the bucket and using a sanitized object (a glass measuring cup works great, or a ladle) to take out a sample. Generally you should let an ale stay in the primary fermenter for a couple weeks or longer. The only way to tell when it is done fermenting is to take a gravity samples a day or two apart, if the gravity is stable between the two readings, then fermentation is complete.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:39 PM   #13
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You don't need a beer thief if you are fermenting in a bucket. When you need to take a sample, just take the lid off and use a sanitized measuring cup, ladle etc.

For a timeline, just leave it for 2 weeks or so before you start testing gravity. An important thing to know is that beer doesn't like to be rushed, but it doesn't mind waiting. You can let it sit in that fermenter for months and it will be fine.

 
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:31 PM   #14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by billl View Post
You don't need a beer thief if you are fermenting in a bucket. When you need to take a sample, just take the lid off and use a sanitized measuring cup, ladle etc.

For a timeline, just leave it for 2 weeks or so before you start testing gravity. An important thing to know is that beer doesn't like to be rushed, but it doesn't mind waiting. You can let it sit in that fermenter for months and it will be fine.
True. I'm so used to my carboy, I didn't even think about the obvious wider bucket opening.
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