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@# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby Chixter » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:25 pm

Routine check. Spray sanitize on hydrometer, shake to remove excess......snap..jingle jingle. These things will break if ya look at them the wrong way. Should be sold in 6 packs. :evil:
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Re: @# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby still_stirrin » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:43 pm

I have my original from 30 years ago. Must be "operator error"!
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Re: @# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby Chixter » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:25 pm

30 years??!! That thing still good?. Also if ya got it 30 years ago it must be better quality than the Chi-Com stuff we get now.
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Re: @# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby greggn » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:31 pm

> These things will break if ya look at them the wrong way.


... and now you have a good reason to buy a refractometer.
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Re: @# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby dieselduo » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:32 pm

get you a refractometer with ATC
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Re: @# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby Chixter » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:35 pm

greggn wrote:and now you have a good reason to buy a refractometer.


Done. :)
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Re: @# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby shadylane » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:44 pm

still_stirrin wrote:I have my original from 30 years ago. Must be "operator error"
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Do tell :roll:
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Re: @# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby shadylane » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:51 pm

Chixter wrote:
greggn wrote:and now you have a good reason to buy a refractometer.


Done. :)

A refractometer is a great tool, Don't forget, it isn't accurate once fermentation starts and alcohol is present :thumbup:
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Postby Chixter » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:17 pm

shadylane wrote:A refractometer is a great tool, Don't forget, it isn't accurate once fermentation starts and alcohol is present


I read that here a while ago. So I just bought a hydro to do both, cuz I like to measure FG. No worry, I bought a hydro replacement and a refract. SS is kind of right....I was holding by the stem and shook a bit to aggressively...inertia due to mass and all. Live/Learn.
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Re: @# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby greggn » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:57 am

> A refractometer is a great tool, Don't forget, it isn't accurate once fermentation starts and alcohol is present


Do you not find the conversion calculations to be accurate enough ? I measured OG/FG over many ferments using both a hydrometer and a refractometer and found they tracked closely enough (for personal needs) that I retired the hydrometer.
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Postby bilgriss » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:11 am

Shake it, but don't break it.

Come to think of it, I don't shake it. Broke too many that way. I always rinse and give it a wipe on the hand towel hanging on the stove.
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Re: @# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby der wo » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:26 am

The problem for me is, that different refractometer calcs give out different results. I searched but I don't find the thread about it again.
And in general it looks not very exact:
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Postby Yummyrum » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:31 am

bilgriss wrote: and give it a wipe on the hand towel hanging on the stove.


OMG :shock: bilgriss .... my OCD is screaming germphobia .... hope you don't periodically dip it in a ferment
Got to be as bad as Salt Bush Bills grubby fingers :lol: ....@Salty :ebiggrin: :mrgreen:
Perhaps this is why we have a sudden rise in mysterious infected washes :econfused:

BTW : I'm still using my original Hydrometer thats over 12 years old ..... Alcomters are another story .... perhaps the use of alcometers happens to coincide with alcohol consumption :|
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Postby greggn » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:48 am

>And in general it looks not very exact:

Too large a sample produces that undefined edge ... just enough liquid to create a thin film will result in a distinct reading. Also, the type of light seems to affect the "distinctness" of the reading. Sunlight is best, artificial gives mixed results depending on source.
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Re: @# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby Shine0n » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:34 pm

Looks like 1.043-1.044 to me :thumbup:
Just slightly more than 11 brix
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Postby Oldvine Zin » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:27 pm

Shine0n wrote:Looks like 1.043-1.044 to me :thumbup:
Just slightly more than 11 brix

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Yup and that's as close as you will get with a non certified hydrometer, my refract works just fine for me.

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Postby cob » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:13 pm

bilgriss wrote:Shake it, but don't break it.

Come to think of it, I don't shake it. Broke too many that way. I always rinse and give it a wipe on the hand towel hanging on the stove.


you are not supposed to shake it like your mama's rectal thermometer.
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Postby HDNB » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:50 pm

don't matter how much you shake it.there is always a drop left on the end. :lol: :oops: :roll:
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Re: @# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby Oldvine Zin » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:05 pm

or you are playing with it :oops: :wink:

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Postby iwine » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:08 pm

Watch not to go blind. When you shake that !
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Re: @# Dag-Nabit!!#*$!!

Postby bilgriss » Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:37 am

I've found the refractometer to be very accurate for an unfermented wort. Looks like Der Wo might need to adjust focus or (like me) put on an extra set of reading glasses to see the little tick-marks. Post-fermentation it's not quite as spot-on, but if you look up the mathematical correction (or use a calculator) it's pretty close. If you are looking for absolutely exact numbers, you need to use a calibrated hydrometer, but I don't see where perfection of computation helps much at that point.

As for the grubby wipe on the hand towel...... relax. Sanitize before you use it again, if you are so inclined. Remember people make a fantastic product in their sheds with the mice and dirty plywood over their fermenters. We're distilling this stuff, so it's not like homebrewing where you're trying to prevent infections while it rests before drinking. Broken glass is a bigger problem.
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