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Hydrometer reading in fermenter or pull sample?
« on: July 05, 2015, 02:47:17 AM »
Hey brewers and brewettes, your feedback is appreciated on the following:

Is it, in your opinion, an acceptable practice to take a hydrometer reading (obviously with a properly sanitized hydrometer) right in the fermenter? I use large buckets for my primary or 1st stage and have found that it is something less of a hassle to just plunk my hydrometer straight into the bucket than to pull a sample into my flask. Here's my thinking.

-Fewer pieces of equipment to sanitize
-My flask is a bit skinny, and my hydrometer has a very frustrating tendency to stick against the sides, it is extremely difficult for me to get it to float freely.

On the other hand, I can't get right down at eye level, being that my buckets are of course opaque, so my readings are less accurate.

Thoughts?
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Re: Hydrometer reading in fermenter or pull sample?
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2015, 03:34:36 AM »
I prefer to pull a sample. Much easier to read the reading accurately.

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Re: Hydrometer reading in fermenter or pull sample?
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2015, 12:08:23 PM »
I prefer to pull a sample. Much easier to read the reading accurately.
Plus you get to taste the sample.
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Re: Hydrometer reading in fermenter or pull sample?
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2015, 03:57:07 PM »
I prefer to pull a sample. Much easier to read the reading accurately.
Plus you get to taste the sample.

+1 to both!
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Re: Hydrometer reading in fermenter or pull sample?
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2015, 06:53:23 PM »
Someday, you'll break a hydrometer, and when you do you'll be glad it didn't happen in a fermenter.
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Re: Hydrometer reading in fermenter or pull sample?
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2015, 07:42:40 PM »
Someday, you'll break a hydrometer, and when you do you'll be glad it didn't happen in a fermenter.

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Re: Hydrometer reading in fermenter or pull sample?
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2015, 07:46:50 PM »
Yep, I prefer to take a sample with a wine thief. 

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Re: Hydrometer reading in fermenter or pull sample?
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2015, 03:41:08 PM »
I prefer to pull a sample. Much easier to read the reading accurately.
Plus you get to taste the sample.

+1 to both!
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Re: Hydrometer reading in fermenter or pull sample?
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2015, 07:55:24 PM »
Much appreciated. I think subconsciously I was hoping for someone to validate my laziness.  ::)

*sigh* I guess I'll do things the right way.
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