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Offline Thirsty_Monk

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Re: I finally got myself a refractometer ....
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2010, 07:57:03 PM »
I know a lot of people shop on ebay but I just can not do it.


Why not?  I don't do it a lot but I've found some good deals on there before.
I do not know. The trust issue. I do not know who am I buying it from.
Old school???
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Offline tygo

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Re: I finally got myself a refractometer ....
« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2010, 08:10:49 PM »

I do not know. The trust issue. I do not know who am I buying it from.
Old school???

Fair enough.  The rating system they have in place though seems pretty good.  If someone has had 10,000 positive reviews I'd say you have a pretty good chance of getting what they say they're selling.  And my experiences have been good.  There are a lot of online merchants that use ebay as another outlet so it's kind of similar to Amazon in that respect.  I agree that buying from any old Joe that posts an auction entails a great deal more risk.
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Re: I finally got myself a refractometer ....
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2010, 09:33:18 AM »
It's also the same one frequently sold on eBay for $25-30. ;)

Yup, that's mine, all right.
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Re: I finally got myself a refractometer ....
« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2010, 08:49:18 AM »
I appreciate the information. I know I need a hydrometer and definitely plan to buy one, I was just hoping to gain some insight on what to watch for as a clue fermentation is complete. The reason I ask is that I have been told in a different post that I underpitched my yeast. I thought the Wyeast smackpacks were for 5 gallons as they advertise, but others have said they are for 2 gallons. My batch is about 2.125 gallons so I pitched about half the swelled smackpack (no starter). I would say that fermentation seemed to be immediate and vigorous (within a day for sure), but I'm not speaking from experience. Now at day 10, the foam (krausen?) subsided about 2 days ago, but I definitely am still making CO2 and I can see bubbles and debris churning around using a flashlight. Can I expect things to be totally still at 14 days, or will there still be a small amount of activity?