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Wine thief or turkey baster?
« on: April 28, 2013, 09:01:34 AM »
Which is preferred to take hydrometer samples? Am I pulling the sample straight out of the carboy? May need to be a long thief.

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Wine thief or turkey baster?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2013, 09:20:08 AM »
Which is preferred to take hydrometer samples? Am I pulling the sample straight out of the carboy? May need to be a long thief.

Doesn't really matter much.  Both work equally well.  I use a turkey baster and just tip the carboy slightly if I need to.
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Re: Wine thief or turkey baster?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2013, 03:41:40 AM »
Turkey baster always works for me.
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Re: Wine thief or turkey baster?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2013, 05:44:36 AM »
Found a long turkey baster at a food supply store, that works fine for me.
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Re: Wine thief or turkey baster?
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2013, 06:39:27 AM »
I have both.  The turkey baster is a bit easier and, since it's shorter, more maneuverable.  I've found the wine thief is better for getting a good OG reading as I can use it to effectively stir the wort to eliminate stratification after topping off with additional water.

I'm pretty certain the baster was cheaper.
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Re: Wine thief or turkey baster?
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2013, 10:10:55 AM »
I'm typically fermenting 3 gallons in a 6-gallon carboy or 1-2 gallons in a 3-gallon Better Bottle. So for me the thief is the best option because I need the extra length.
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Wine thief or turkey baster?
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2013, 10:55:46 AM »
I'm typically fermenting 3 gallons in a 6-gallon carboy or 1-2 gallons in a 3-gallon Better Bottle. So for me the thief is the best option because I need the extra length.

Or a turkey baster with a length of hose on it.
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Re: Wine thief or turkey baster?
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2013, 12:27:20 PM »
I'm typically fermenting 3 gallons in a 6-gallon carboy or 1-2 gallons in a 3-gallon Better Bottle. So for me the thief is the best option because I need the extra length.

Or a turkey baster with a length of hose on it.

And this is why I come here every day. Brilliant idea!
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