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Offline theoman

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Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:55:31 AM »
Does it exist? I need one.

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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2014, 06:17:33 AM »
Would be nice. I buy one a year.
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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2014, 06:25:40 AM »
I've gone through 3 in the last year. I'd pay good money for something more durable.

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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2014, 07:37:07 AM »
I am still using the one I bought when I first started brewing 4 years ago. I do have a spare just in case though.
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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2014, 07:47:40 AM »
Does it exist? I need one.

I found the best way to never break a hydrometer is to buy an extra one.
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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2014, 08:24:05 AM »
Does it exist? I need one.

I found the best way to never break a hydrometer is to buy an extra one.

Truer words have never been said.

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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2014, 08:26:49 AM »
Does it exist? I need one.

I found the best way to never break a hydrometer is to buy an extra one.

Truer words have never been said.

I broke one 15 years ago.  I bought 2.  I haven't broken one since.
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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2014, 08:33:55 AM »
wtf is a hydrometer? 8)
actually, i do minimize its use and only check my og and wait to check my fg until i am pretty sure it is done.  almost everything i ferment sits in the bucket for a month. i dont check daily.
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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2014, 08:37:24 AM »
Does it exist? I need one.

A refractometer is almost indestructible.  Admittedly, it is less convenient post fermentation, but I find that my hydrometers last a lot longer now that I have one refractometer and two hydrometers.

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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2014, 08:40:07 AM »
Yeah, refractometers are easier to use and less likely to break. They are definitely less accurate post-fermentation, but an estimate is close enough for me.

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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2014, 08:43:53 AM »
I'm embarrassed to say I don't really use one any more.  I use the refractometer to check OG and then essentially let everything ferment out for 3+ weeks and keg.  I don't do big beers so if I did I'd have much more desire to check for final gravity.  When I go to keg I usually taste a bit first to make sure it's not sour or anything and I guess if I had one that was particularly sweet I'd leave it longer or check further but that hasn't happened yet.

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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2014, 08:51:21 AM »
I fall in the "I don't really use one anymore" camp.  I'm not usually in a hurry to package batches so they sit in the corner until I get around to doing something with them.  I check where the FG is using my refractometer so I have an idea where it finished.  If the numbers are way off I look into it closer but as long as the FG looks reasonable I keg it.

If I ever get more serious about repeatability I will dig out my hydrometer but for now the refractometer is good enough.

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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2014, 08:54:50 AM »
I broke several hydrometers over a 3 year span. Now I use a refractometer for preboil and OG, and then use the hydrometer for FG.  +1 to buying a backup hydro to stop breaking them !
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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2014, 09:46:55 AM »
When  my cheapy finally bites it im going to get a set of good ones with thermometer and easier to read scale.

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Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2014, 01:25:44 PM »
I guess I'm wondering how you break them?  "I" broke one once... and that was my girlfriend breaking it by setting a bucket on top of it in the sink... Maybe get a stand for it?  I could see it maybe getting broke if you just had it in a drawer or something?  I actually just store mine in their original 'tubes'  I have a set of the high precision ones... They were expensive like maybe $20 each... but they are certainly a lot easier to read ;-)
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