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Anybody use a mash hydrometer?
« on: November 24, 2020, 08:23:32 pm »
Anyone find a mash hydrometer useful for their process?

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Re: Anybody use a mash hydrometer?
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2020, 09:30:13 pm »
It depends on what you mean by "mash hydrometer".  I would think all of use have a triple scale hydrometer and use it often.  It tells you where you are starting out and when you're done, at a minimum.

If you are talking about a hydrometer used to measure alcohol from the mash in a distillery, you're on the wrong site.  An alcohol hydrometer would not be of any use to beer brewers since they generally only go down to ~19% alcohol.  Even my highest octane beer hasn't ever been close to that.

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Re: Anybody use a mash hydrometer?
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2020, 11:20:03 pm »
Brewing America - and they are a sponsor of Denny and Drew's podcast:

https://brewingamerica.com/products/american-made-beer-mashing-hydrometer-calibrated-at-155-degrees-fahrenheit-specific-gravity-pro-series-brewing-triple-scale

Yes, that's one of them, but I'm more interested in if you, Denny, Drew or anyone else actually uses one of these and how it aids your process?
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Re: Anybody use a mash hydrometer?
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2020, 11:22:51 pm »
It depends on what you mean by "mash hydrometer".  I would think all of use have a triple scale hydrometer and use it often.  It tells you where you are starting out and when you're done, at a minimum.

If you are talking about a hydrometer used to measure alcohol from the mash in a distillery, you're on the wrong site.  An alcohol hydrometer would not be of any use to beer brewers since they generally only go down to ~19% alcohol.  Even my highest octane beer hasn't ever been close to that.

Paul

A mash hydrometer in brewing is used to measure the SG of the mash at various times throughout the mash to measure the progress of the mash.  They are generally calibrated at mash temperatures.

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Re: Anybody use a mash hydrometer?
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2020, 01:11:23 am »
Anyone find a mash hydrometer useful for their process?

Maybe if you are using homegrown malt or undermodified malt ... can';t see any reason to use one with how highly modified the malt we have today. I've never used one and I commercially brewed for 10 years and haven't known any who do either.

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Re: Anybody use a mash hydrometer?
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2020, 04:14:31 am »
Anyone find a mash hydrometer useful for their process?

Maybe if you are using homegrown malt or undermodified malt ... can';t see any reason to use one with how highly modified the malt we have today. I've never used one and I commercially brewed for 10 years and haven't known any who do either.
I could see the benefit with the rise of craft maltsters. I've brewed with traditionally made Sainhuss malt and it would've been nice to not have to chill my sample down so much.

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Re: Anybody use a mash hydrometer?
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2020, 04:30:44 am »
I ck in process SG (20 min, 1st run, pre boil) with a refractometer.


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Re: Anybody use a mash hydrometer?
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2020, 03:20:31 pm »
I ck in process SG (20 min, 1st run, pre boil) with a refractometer.

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Re: Anybody use a mash hydrometer?
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2020, 03:49:17 pm »
Brewing America - and they are a sponsor of Denny and Drew's podcast:

https://brewingamerica.com/products/american-made-beer-mashing-hydrometer-calibrated-at-155-degrees-fahrenheit-specific-gravity-pro-series-brewing-triple-scale

Yes, that's one of them, but I'm more interested in if you, Denny, Drew or anyone else actually uses one of these and how it aids your process?

I have one but I don't use it.
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Re: Anybody use a mash hydrometer?
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2020, 03:50:58 pm »
Anyone find a mash hydrometer useful for their process?

Maybe if you are using homegrown malt or undermodified malt ... can';t see any reason to use one with how highly modified the malt we have today. I've never used one and I commercially brewed for 10 years and haven't known any who do either.
I could see the benefit with the rise of craft maltsters. I've brewed with traditionally made Sainhuss malt and it would've been nice to not have to chill my sample down so much.

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Using a metal cocktail shaker and bowl of ice water, I can chill a mash sample to 60F in 30 seconds.  60 seconds from boil temp.
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