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scottv
06-15-2012, 02:28 PM
I am planning on taking my first gravity reading post fermentation start (due to the fact that I broke my hydrometer two days ago). I have a turkey baster do draw the sample and then I assume just pour it back in? Provided the turkey baster is sanitized as it the hydrometer and glass for must?

Thanks!

TAKeyser
06-15-2012, 02:30 PM
That's how I do it as long as I sanitized everything, sometimes I say screw sanitizing the hydrometer and test tube and I taste test my sample ;D

Wijnand
06-15-2012, 02:36 PM
I do the same as TAKeyser. Sometimes temptation is just too big and I have to taste the sample. :p

Chevette Girl
06-15-2012, 02:41 PM
For anything bigger than 1-gal batches I like to drop my hydrometer right inside my wine thief (all sanitized, of course), pull up a sample, take my reading, then let the must back out again. I've never had a batch fail that I could attribute to that... Then I taste the drips that I catch in my hand while transferring the thief to the sink for cleaning :)

scottv
06-15-2012, 03:12 PM
Well, I figure since I am still doing one gallon batches, it takes about 6-8 oz of must to get a sample and that is a large percentage of the overall volume.

TAKeyser
06-15-2012, 03:16 PM
As long as everything is sanitized it is safe to dump it back in.

fivecats
06-15-2012, 03:34 PM
Well, I figure since I am still doing one gallon batches, it takes about 6-8 oz of must to get a sample and that is a large percentage of the overall volume.

While this is true, I still recommend tasting the sample. It's a good way to appreciate how the tastes intermingle and mellow with age.

scottv
06-15-2012, 03:46 PM
While this is true, I still recommend tasting the sample. It's a good way to appreciate how the tastes intermingle and mellow with age.

Ok, I will leave a little in glass for me :)

Cpt.Frederickson
06-15-2012, 03:52 PM
I second (and third, fourth etc...) all those who suggest you give it a taste; I pour most of the sample back into the batch, as I do one gallon batches too, but save just a little of the sample to taste :)

Wijnand
06-15-2012, 04:19 PM
Ok, I will leave a little in glass for me :)

Don't drink too much of it, in the beginning it is very crude and too much yeast in your stomach isn't fun either (or so I've heard). :cool: I usually just try a little sip or two.

scottv
06-15-2012, 09:53 PM
Well, I tasted it and while it is still very sweet - I loved it! I could taste the hint of strawberries.
OG - 1.10
SG - 1.062

From the calculations that is about just past the 1/3 sugar break, correct? I just let it ride now?

TAKeyser
06-15-2012, 09:57 PM
OG - 1.10
SG - 1.062

From the calculations that is about just past the 1/3 sugar break, correct? I just let it ride now?

yep you've passed your 1/3 Sugar Break

Robusto
06-16-2012, 01:10 AM
Yes... And no. About 80% gets returned. The remaining 20 is.... Um, sampled.

huesmann
06-16-2012, 11:46 AM
+1 with Robusto's method. :D

THawk
06-20-2012, 09:21 AM
I usually take my samples to the lab at work and have our lab techs test it for ph and SG. Then they are disposed of in a secure fashion after work, usually by multiple personnel to provide witnesses to the fact that the sample has been destroyed... ;D

Chevette Girl
06-21-2012, 01:05 AM
+1 with Thawk's method! ;D

scottv
06-28-2012, 09:17 PM
Alright, so I just took the gravity of this mead and it was 1.004. Should I rack to the secondary now and add the strawberries?
Or should I dump the strawberries in this jug and let that sit for a week or two before racking to secondary?

Thanks!

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