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Re: Alcoholmeter

Post by wpkluck » Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:17 pm

Has anyone ever experimented with a bobber-type SG indicator? I’m thinking about building one, that will sink automatically around 1.01 FG. If used with a clear plastic cover for the fermenter, it would provide an instant, and perhaps even gradual, indication of current SG.

Of course, the weight of such a bobber would depend on the size. I was just wondering if anyone had done it. I wasn’t able to find any in a search, either here or on the Internet. An experiment, to be sure!
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Re: Alcoholmeter

Post by Expat » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:38 pm

wpkluck wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:17 pm
Has anyone ever experimented with a bobber-type SG indicator? I’m thinking about building one, that will sink automatically around 1.01 FG. If used with a clear plastic cover for the fermenter, it would provide an instant, and perhaps even gradual, indication of current SG.

Of course, the weight of such a bobber would depend on the size. I was just wondering if anyone had done it. I wasn’t able to find any in a search, either here or on the Internet. An experiment, to be sure!
A standard hydrometer will float in a wash no problem, no doing needed there. The problem is that with most washes/mashes bubbles and floating material will mess up the reading. So you end up having to pull the hydrometer and sample to get a clear reading.

Og course many will say, it's just not needed. Wait until it slows down then taste it, and feel if it's sticky on your fingers.
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Re: Alcoholmeter

Post by wpkluck » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:01 pm

Expat wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:38 pm
A standard hydrometer will float in a wash no problem, no doing needed there. The problem is that with most washes/mashes bubbles and floating material will mess up the reading. So you end up having to pull the hydrometer and sample to get a clear reading.

Og course many will say, it's just not needed. Wait until it slows down then taste it, and feel if it's sticky on your fingers.
Thanks, Expat. I have a std hydrometer, and of course it works fine. But I have to take the top off my bucket to check. I’m trying to think of a way to have a visual indicator. Like a bobber on the lake, when it goes down, the mash is done.
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Run it, X. Thump it, XX. If you get 1.5, well, I think you can do better!
It's EASY to make good liquor. It's even EASIER to make bad liquor!

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