Sampling without a wine thief

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Canadianjen

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Wondering what you use to sample without a wine thief? I have cider in variable lid tanks but don't have a wine thief. As long as I use something really well washed and sanitized, does it matter if I scoop out a sample with a ladle?
 

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I've used a sanitized turkey baster before. Works ok, but has a smaller volume so takes a few attempts to fill my hydrometer flask. As long as whatever you use is clean and sanitized and doesn't have a bunch of scratches or places for critters to hide you should be fine.
 
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I've used a sanitized turkey baster before. Works ok, but has a smaller volume so takes a few attempts to fill my hydrometer flask. As long as whatever you use is clean and sanitized and doesn't have a bunch of scratches or places for critters to hide you should be fine.
Thanks!
 
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