Originally Posted by Brewpastor
Why in the world would your LHBS not want you to but a hydrometer? If nothing else it is a sale for them. Go and get a good hydrometer and maybe a new LHBS.
They don't want you to be able to see how watered down the LME they are trying to sell you really is!
Seriously, I can think of no other reason why an HBS would discourage use of a hydrometer. I can understand purists thinking that alcohol content should not be our primary concern as homebrewers, but a hydrometer (IMO) is essential in determining how well fermentation is going and when it is done.
When I was an extract brewer, I always did a hydro test . . . . and found that a lot of liquid malt extract did not give me the gravity points I was after or that they should have given. Perhaps I am just a bit paranoid, but I don't trust DME or DME producers
Does this HBS dispense their own malt from barrels of it . . . like in a plastic jug or something? Or . . . do you buy canned products? Perhaps the HBS doesn't want you to see how watered down their malt is . . . a fact that would be obvious with hydro readings.
Only my $.02 . . . and probably a bit paranoid at that.