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Old 03-14-2008, 04:42 PM   #1
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If you sanitize the test tube and the hydrometer and everything else, why is it not a good idea to dump the beer back into the fermenter after taking a reading? I ask because I did this on my last batch, before I heard that you shouldn't do that. I am just going to RDWHAHB, but was just wondering the theory behind this. If everything is sanatized, then why won't everything be ok?

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or am I?

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Old 03-14-2008, 06:36 PM   #2
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Because you're supposed to drink it.

Seriously I guess it's just an unnecessary risk for so little gain (like 1/2 cup of beer). Plus I think you really should drink it. I'm getting into the whole "learn by taste" thing, chewing on grains and hops, tasting the wort, drinking the hydro sample..

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Drink the hydro sample, it's good. I sampled my AG version of Dude's Lake Walk Pale Ale last night. Liquid goodness.
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:26 PM   #4
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its a pain in the ass to sanitize the graduated cylinder. i primary in buckets, so I sanitze the hydro, drop it in, take my reading, and I'm done.

if I'm sampling from secondary carboy, i pull a sample with my thief (which is the only thing that gets sanitized), run my test, and drink the sample since secondary is less yeasty/trubby and thus a reasonable way to start gauging how the beer turned out.
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drink it always. sometimes even the unfermented wort.

i also taste pizza dough as it rises so...
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It's also a good way to get you pumped for how it's going to turn out each time you take a sample!

I do this with sauces, pasta dough, cake batter, cookie dough, etc.

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