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Old 12-21-2008, 07:36 AM   #1
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Shattered glass all over the counter... damnit! Why do these ****ers break so damn easily. Bump them into any hard surface and it's like they're filled with explosives, they just shatter all over the place like a lightbulb. Don't these people know that we drink before handling those things?

I have probably gone through at least half a dozen hydrometers, I need to start keeping a spare around.
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:43 AM   #2
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refractometer. you could have bought one by now with all you've been through.

 
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:45 AM   #3
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refractometer. you could have bought one by now with all you've been through.
It's way more $ up front, and I'm cheap. I really should get a refrac though, I really don't use the hydro much anymore except checking my efficiency, and it would help while fly sparging.
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:18 AM   #4
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It's way more $ up front, and I'm cheap. I really should get a refrac though, I really don't use the hydro much anymore except checking my efficiency, and it would help while fly sparging.
$30 too much? On of the best beer gadgets I own. A must if you are AG IMO.


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Old 12-21-2008, 02:41 PM   #5
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How hard is it to take a FG reading with a refractometer? I didn't think they did FG all that well..

 
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:18 PM   #6
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It requires consulting a spreadsheet because it has to be calculated in respect to the OG, but that's the only additional step.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:49 PM   #7
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Stand alone spreadsheet: http://morebeer.com/public/beer/refractbeer.xls

Or if you use brewing software it will convert refractometer readings. I know for sure Promash does. I refract unless I want to taste a sample.
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It requires consulting a spreadsheet because it has to be calculated in respect to the OG, but that's the only additional step.
And I'm pretty sure beersmith has one built in.

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$30 too much?
I've never seen a $30 refrac, and have never heard of Easy Life Products, so I'm not sure if I want to do business with them. I've had bad luck with unknown online retailers. About $60 is the cheapest I've ever seen, it's $80 at my LHBS. That's 4 batches of beer, and I can get by with a hydrometer, it just takes a little more work. I just get pissed when they shatter.
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I use a $30 aquarium refracto. Works great.

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And I'm pretty sure beersmith has one built in.



I've never seen a $30 refrac, and have never heard of Easy Life Products, so I'm not sure if I want to do business with them. I've had bad luck with unknown online retailers. About $60 is the cheapest I've ever seen, it's $80 at my LHBS. That's 4 batches of beer, and I can get by with a hydrometer, it just takes a little more work. I just get pissed when they shatter.
that was a random ebay sale. They're all over the place for $30. I think I got mine shipped for $30 about a year ago.

 
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