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Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by JeeterBee » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:17 pm

Hello All,

I was able to find and buy a miniature alcometer off of eBay. It took several weeks to arrive so I had forgot I even ordered it. It showed up today and boy is it tiny. I tested out a range of different ABVs and to my surprise, it is pretty accurate. I am going to use it to test 250 - 500 ml jars during airing, aging, and blending. I smelled, tasted, and tested 46 pint jars last night. The jars had been airing for 48 hours. The smelling and testing was fun but I don't really like pulling samples to put in my plastic tube that holds my alcometer. I use a turkey baster and then I have to fumble around with my fragile glass alcometer. I usually rinse everything to avoid any unnecessary smearing.

With this tiny lil fella I can just drop it into any jar and test the ABV. Then I can just wipe it off and then quickly move to the next jar. I will attach some pictures below. The price was great as well.

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JB
2 for $5 with free shipping
2 for $5 with free shipping
Shot glass of water
Shot glass of water
Some high ABV white dog in a 250 ml jar
Some high ABV white dog in a 250 ml jar

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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by OtisT » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:08 pm

JeeterBee wrote:Hello All,

I was able to find and buy a miniature alcometer off of eBay. It took several weeks to arrive so I had forgot I even ordered it. It showed up today and boy is it tiny. I tested out a range of different ABVs and to my surprise, it is pretty accurate. I am going to use it to test 250 - 500 ml jars during airing, aging, and blending. I smelled, tasted, and tested 46 pint jars last night. The jars had been airing for 48 hours. The smelling and testing was fun but I don't really like pulling samples to put in my plastic tube that holds my alcometer. I use a turkey baster and then I have to fumble around with my fragile glass alcometer. I usually rinse everything to avoid any unnecessary smearing.

With this tiny lil fella I can just drop it into any jar and test the ABV. Then I can just wipe it off and then quickly move to the next jar. I will attach some pictures below. The price was great as well.

Thanks,
JB
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Damn, that’s cute. I have to have one or two. Not for final proofing, but looks great for the use you described, quick checks of jars. I’m sure I can search, but by chance do you have a link?

** Warning **. You said your tall tube was plastic and you use a turkey blaster. Don’t use those again for alcohol, especially high proof. Shit from the plastic will leach into your product, will ruin the plastic for other uses, and it’s not safe for anyone drinking your stuff. Please be safe and stay healthy.

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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by JeeterBee » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:21 pm

Otis,

Try this link. I had hard time finding it. I try to stay away from plastic as much a possible. I have a glass tube called a wine thief but it can be messy and difficult to use. I need to buy one of the glass alcometer tubes with the wider base.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 3868789222" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

JB

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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by OtisT » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:41 pm

Thanks. $5 for two of them + free shipping. Seems like a steel to me. :thumbup: Mine are on their way. Otis
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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by NZChris » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:16 am

I bought some a while back when a handful cost bugger all. Mostly use them in the collection vessel when stripping.

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Post by Copperhead road » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:05 am

OtisT wrote:Thanks. $5 for two of them + free shipping. Seems like a steel to me. :thumbup: Mine are on their way. Otis
I to have followed OtisT’s lead.....

Don’t know how it will look bobbing around in a commercial diameter parrot :lolno:
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Post by Manc » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:57 am

Copperhead road wrote:
OtisT wrote:Thanks. $5 for two of them + free shipping. Seems like a steel to me. :thumbup: Mine are on their way. Otis
I to have followed OtisT’s lead.....

Don’t know how it will look bobbing around in a commercial diameter parrot :lolno:
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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by JeeterBee » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:27 pm

I have been playing with mine quite a bit. I wouldn't say they are 100% accurate but they are pretty dang close. I have been using both of the tiny ones and they read the same as each other. When it come to my regular sized alcometer vs. the mini ones, there seems to be a sweet spot of accuracy which is between 30% to 80% ABV. That works fine for me. That is the range in which I do most of my testing anyways. My only one small complaint is that the numbers get real small under 30. They are still readable though.

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Post by Cabron99 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:16 am

I'm in! They are one the way!!
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Post by rubelstrudel » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:54 am

So cute. I bought some too.
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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by SaltyStaves » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:51 pm

I find them highly annoying. Always stick like glue to the side of the jar. Fine in a still vessel, but in a collection jar, where there is constant movement, they do my head in.

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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by NZChris » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:06 pm

I use a copper wire hoop to hold them upright and away from the sides. I gave up on my idea of using them in a mini parrot because they get top heavy at low abvs.

They fit nicely in a 10ml measuring cylinder if you need to read tiny samples, but they are so fragile that dropping one into the empty cylinder is enough to break it.

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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by SaltyStaves » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:52 pm

NZChris wrote: They fit nicely in a 10ml measuring cylinder if you need to read tiny samples, but they are so fragile that dropping one into the empty cylinder is enough to break it.
I've been lucky then. I often forget they are in the collection jar and pour them into the storage vessel, then have to go fish it out... Haven't had one break yet.... :shock:

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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by Scott817 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:27 pm

I have the same ones so I made this for it. I call it a hummingbird :)
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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by Chauncey » Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:16 am

Does the mini parrot work ok?
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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by Scott817 » Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:14 am

Yes I only use it after the foreshots are gone and when the stream is slow. It works on my setup fine but probably not a larger still as the tube is only 1/4 inch.

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Post by hpby98 » Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:46 pm

I got a set of 3 off ebay which are a smaller size (7" tip to tip) & super handy

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/10PCS-High-prec ... 2439154858" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

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Best of all they're calibrated to 20c, and not 60f which is 15.555c which is what the online tables compensate for

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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by hpby98 » Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:57 pm

Scott817 wrote:I have the same ones so I made this for it. I call it a hummingbird :)
curious - was the bottom fitting that the 1/4" line goes into already made for it?

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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by Scott817 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:25 am

hpby98 wrote:
Scott817 wrote:I have the same ones so I made this for it. I call it a hummingbird :)
curious - was the bottom fitting that the 1/4" line goes into already made for it?
No I drilled it out. It is just a 1/2 cap on a piece of 1/2 pipe and 3/4 to 1/2 reducer and some 1/4 copper tube and the piece of top is just another 1/2 cap
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Post by Scott817 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:29 am

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Here it is in action 8)
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Post by jog666 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:01 am

Scott, that just kicks ass!!

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Post by Kareltje » Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:04 pm

Perfect!

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Post by OtisT » Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:28 pm

That hummingbird is awesome. :thumbup: :thumbup:
Nice work. :clap:

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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by hpby98 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:46 pm

Scott817 wrote:
hpby98 wrote:
Scott817 wrote:I have the same ones so I made this for it. I call it a hummingbird :)
curious - was the bottom fitting that the 1/4" line goes into already made for it?
No I drilled it out. It is just a 1/2 cap on a piece of 1/2 pipe and 3/4 to 1/2 reducer and some 1/4 copper tube and the piece of top is just another 1/2 cap

Thanks!

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Post by hellbilly007 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:19 am

Mine came in last week. I haven't played with em yet, or anything else with this hobby. I guess I'm collecting toys at this point, lol

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Re: Mini Alcometer for Small Jars

Post by 6 Row Joe » Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:51 pm

OtisT wrote:
JeeterBee wrote:Hello All,

I was able to find and buy a miniature alcometer off of eBay. It took several weeks to arrive so I had forgot I even ordered it. It showed up today and boy is it tiny. I tested out a range of different ABVs and to my surprise, it is pretty accurate. I am going to use it to test 250 - 500 ml jars during airing, aging, and blending. I smelled, tasted, and tested 46 pint jars last night. The jars had been airing for 48 hours. The smelling and testing was fun but I don't really like pulling samples to put in my plastic tube that holds my alcometer. I use a turkey baster and then I have to fumble around with my fragile glass alcometer. I usually rinse everything to avoid any unnecessary smearing.

With this tiny lil fella I can just drop it into any jar and test the ABV. Then I can just wipe it off and then quickly move to the next jar. I will attach some pictures below. The price was great as well.

Thanks,
JB
8D436499-0DC9-45E3-83F1-AAE179BE384B.jpeg
EAE55AAC-A3AD-427C-ADF5-850A8209D1BF.jpeg
ACD6BDE3-CBED-4E43-BC1A-D15A0512ECE3.jpeg
Damn, that’s cute. I have to have one or two. Not for final proofing, but looks great for the use you described, quick checks of jars. I’m sure I can search, but by chance do you have a link?

** Warning **. You said your tall tube was plastic and you use a turkey blaster. Don’t use those again for alcohol, especially high proof. Shit from the plastic will leach into your product, will ruin the plastic for other uses, and it’s not safe for anyone drinking your stuff. Please be safe and stay healthy.

Otis

Thanks for the tip Jeeter. I just ordered a couple. Looks like they could be handy. I see they come from the Ukraine. Might take a bit to get here. @Scott817, that Hummingbird is really cool. Nicely done.
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