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Old 11-07-2007, 08:03 PM   #1
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I just bottled my first patch of pale ale today. When I cooled the wort and took a hydrometer reading, the hydrometer just sank to the bottom of the tube! Same thing happened today when I went to bottle! Am I missing something???

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Old 11-07-2007, 08:17 PM   #3
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Not at all. I filled the tube about 3/4 of the way so it would not over flow, but bulb was fully submerged.

 
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:19 PM   #4
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What was the reading on the hydrometer when it hit bottom? I doubt you had enough liquid in the jar to allow it to float.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:29 PM   #5
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I am not sure what the reading was, because I was to flustered by the fact it didn't float. It was some ridiculous reading maybe 1.09ish.

 
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:33 PM   #6
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I want to take a reading to decide whether or not I want to move to the secondary. What is the safest way to get a sample out of my primary? Should I cyphon a little out? I'm pretty sure I'm not supposed to expose air to it.

 
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:43 PM   #7
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I am not sure what the reading was, because I was to flustered by the fact it didn't float. It was some ridiculous reading maybe 1.09ish.
If it bottomed out at 1.090, you definitely didn't have enough beer in the tube.
1) Put the hydrometer in the empty tube
2) Mark the tube at the level of the 1.000 reading
3) Use that mark as the fill guide (some may spill, no big deal)

Alternately, depending on how you take your samples, put the hydro in the tube and then add the beer until the hydro floats.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:46 PM   #8
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I put the temp gage/hydrometer in the tube and fill up around it until it's full. When they float you have enough fluid...
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:47 PM   #9
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I want to take a reading to decide whether or not I want to move to the secondary. What is the safest way to get a sample out of my primary? Should I cyphon a little out? I'm pretty sure I'm not supposed to expose air to it.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:48 PM   #10
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