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Glass thief
« on: January 20, 2015, 03:44:21 AM »
I would like to replace my current plastic sampling thief. Has anyone used the glass ones? Comments?

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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2015, 04:05:04 AM »
A glass wine thief in my hands will last as long as an ice cream cone on a dashboard in July.

They sure do look nice.

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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2015, 05:11:29 AM »
I like the thought of glass for cleanliness. I don't like the thought of breakinging glass inside of a carboy full of beer.

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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2015, 12:42:53 PM »
Which plastic thief do you have? I really like this one...http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/fermtech-wine-thief.html

You may already know this, but if you shake it up and down you get all the beer you need in the thief.

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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2015, 12:56:16 PM »
yeah i prefer the plastic or stainless. dropped them many times and would have been a mess if glass.
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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2015, 01:34:01 PM »

Which plastic thief do you have? I really like this one...http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/fermtech-wine-thief.html

You may already know this, but if you shake it up and down you get all the beer you need in the thief.
I'm curious. Does that thief leak from the bottom when you lift it out of the beer? I used to use the base of my auto siphon as a thief. Extracting the beer is very easy but I got tired of the leaks in my ferm chamber.

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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2015, 01:51:42 PM »
 Maybe a few drips.

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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2015, 01:52:33 PM »
Maybe a few drips.
+1 if its leaking significantly that stopper may be obstructed or defective.
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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2015, 01:53:59 PM »
Yeah, a couple drips. The pressure of the beer seats the valve pretty quickly, but there are always a couple of drips from beer dripping off of the outside.
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Glass thief
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2015, 01:59:44 PM »
Are we still talking about a wine thief?  ;)
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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2015, 02:12:44 PM »
Which plastic thief do you have? I really like this one...http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/fermtech-wine-thief.html

You may already know this, but if you shake it up and down you get all the beer you need in the thief.

I have this plastic one. It does tend to leak a bit. One problem with the leaking is that if it happens to get on my carboy haulers (which is a little harder to clean by just wiping up), mold can form due to the optimum conditions in the fermentation chamber.

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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2015, 02:15:10 PM »
So aside from the breakage factor, Is the glass thief any more "dripless" than the plastic thief?

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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2015, 02:18:23 PM »
What about using a refractometer?

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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2015, 02:26:20 PM »
What about using a refractometer?

I use a refractometer for preboil and post boil readings, but I prefer a hydrometer for FG readings. Alcohol present in beer makes refractometer FG readings inaccurate unless you use a correction.
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Re: Glass thief
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2015, 02:29:06 PM »
I try to place the hydrometer into the test jar right over the mouth of the fermenter. I'm using a Spiedel so it's a wide mouth.