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toularat

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Hi. When you take a hydrometer reading, why do you drink that sample? Since everything is sanitized, why can't you pour it back in the batch?

just wondering. . .
 

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It's a good practice to develop an understanding of where your beer is throughout the process - what unfermented wort tastes like, what uncarbonated, green beer going into the bottles/keg tastes like, etc. Good information to have in case you've got concerns or problems in the future (like, you're worried that you accidentally added an extra quarter-ounce of hops, you don't freak out just because the sample you pulled post-boil is really bitter).
 

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toularat -

Most importantly...

Returning the gravity sample back to the fermenter offers absolutely zero health benefits to one's internal organs and processes!

Cheers!

Pogo
 

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I don't bother sanitizing my hydrometer or jar when I take samples...
Me neither...only what I use to draw out the sample...

Then I tip it back after the reading an enjoy!!!

The bird said it best, I think;

It's a good practice to develop an understanding of where your beer is throughout the process - what unfermented wort tastes like, what uncarbonated, green beer going into the bottles/keg tastes like, etc. Good information to have in case you've got concerns or problems in the future (like, you're worried that you accidentally added an extra quarter-ounce of hops, you don't freak out just because the sample you pulled post-boil is really bitter).
 

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I only sample enough to get a buzz.

So far my cherry wine samples the best by far.
 

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I only sample enough to get a buzz.
"Gosh, I don't understand why I only get 12 bottles from a 5 gallon batch of beer. All I did was take a few hydrometer samples..." :tank:

I taste mine because I like to know how the beer is progressing. I drink the rest because it's beer. And it's already in my hand.

-Joe
 

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If you do it right, you don't have to bother with the labor and expense of bottling at all. All you need is a 44 oz. wine thief and some pretzels.
 
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