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chris_newton

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Hi all

I have just bought a Hydrometer, i can not find a trail jar anywhere. Is there anything else i can use instead? as what is the best way of using this? do i just get my sterilzed vessel (again what can i use instead of trial jar) and dip it in fermenting bin to get some beer and then put Hydrometer in?

Many thanks gang

Chris
 

Toilet Rocker

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Hi Chris,

Did your hydrometer come in a clear plastic container that can hold the wort? You can always use that. I've heard of using a water bottle, but that's a lot of wort to remove. I use a sterilized dedicated turkey baster to get my sample into the container.

Good luck.
 

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Yep, you can use the plastic cylinder that the hydrometer is packaged in. If for some reason you don't have one of those, then you can buy a cylinder jar from many home brew sites online. www.austinhomebrew.com has one I know. You just need a tall narrow clear tube, just wide enough so that the hydrometer fits, taht way you waste as little beer as possible. I'd also get like a turkey baster like gaelone said to college your sample.
 

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I use my Thief. It's pretty easy since I use the Thief to get a sample to start with. After you withdraw the Thief, full of a beer sample, just drop the hydrometer in through the top of it.
 

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Chris, I grab my sample for the hydrometer with a 60 cc syringe... very easy to sterilize. Make sure you don't put the sample back in the wort... use your hydrometer as an "unsanitized" tool, and discard or drink the sample.
 
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