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Old 08-25-2014, 03:19 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=mrgrimm101;6330845 I was either going to drink it or dump it down the drain.

Thanks for the heads up though.[/QUOTE]

Chug! No seriously, just drink it until you sample enough to get an understanding of what the beer is like at that point in the process. Why waste beer if you don't extract some free (it's already pulled) data from it.

 
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:28 PM   #12
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Haha, will do. I tasted it for my OG test, and it was quite...interesting lol. Sweet and bitter and pretty big, intense flavors.

 
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:48 AM   #13
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Hi there,

I was just curious how many of you actually took gravity samples for 3 consecutive days to see if fermentation is complete, or if you just wait it out for a few weeks and assume it's done.

My first 4 batches I just waited for about 3 weeks before transferring or bottling and I've yet to have any problems. I have a stout in primary right now and I was going to give it about 3 weeks then I was going to bottle.

My fears with testing the FG 3 separate days are:
1.) Opening the lid and introducing any sort of contaminate.
2.) I don't know if I can just drop the hydrometer in the primary or if I need to draw out samples.
3.) If I need to get samples, 3 sample tubes worth of beer seems like a lot to waste that could be bottled.
4.) How do I draw it out? I have an auto siphon, is that what most people would use?

Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
I've been doing what you did. I wait 3-4 weeks and bottle. I do take a reading when I bottle but just for ABV reading. I've never had a problem doing it this way in 2 years including a RIS and a double IPA.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:22 PM   #14
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Don't mean to take away from your thread grimm, let me know if you want and I'l delete this. Are there any downsides to pulling the sample from the spigot if I'm fermenting in a bottling bucket? The OG I took from the spigot seemed a little off.

 
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:32 PM   #15
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The wort & top off probably didn't get mixed well enough to give an accurate reading.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:38 PM   #16
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Given how much the wort swirls and mixes during fermentation, it's hard for me to believe that the beer wasn't mixed well enough.

How far is it off? If you suspect it's not accurate, the only way you're going to be able to prove it is to take a sample from a different spot in the bucket. I really can't see any problem with using the spigot to draw a sample though.
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He was referring to the OG, taken before pitching the yeast.
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I do take a gravity reading using a turkey baster on the day I plan on bottling or racking just to see where it's at, but unless it's nowhere near the expected FG, it's more just to make sure it's close. Never had a bottle bomb in 10 batches this way. I've always gone at least 2 full weeks between brewing and bottling and my beers are pretty much all session. If I did a stronger beer, I'd let it sit at least 3 weeks.

 
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He was referring to the OG, taken before pitching the yeast.
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