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Fermentasaurus hydrometer tips

Discussion in 'Welcome!' started by Nickgaz, 28/11/17.

 

  1. Nickgaz

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    Hi there fellow brewers,

    Long time AHB trauler, first time poster. So many HB pearls of wisdom and recipes over the years, so cheers to that.

    I am using my fermentasaurus for the fist time after upgrading from the standard barrel fermenter.
    Mistake: I drained the chilled wort into the fermentasaurus and pitched yeast without taking a gravity reading. And not super confident using the butterfly valve. Normally not a problem with a barrel as it has the plastic tap that is easy to manage the flow.

    Not super concerned to know the ABV, however I want to avoid exploding bottles so need to know when it's done. Once the trub and hops settle out towards the end of the brew how to I take the final gravity readings.

    Any tips for taking efficient fermentasaurus hydrometer readings from the AHB experts? Couldn't find anything on their website or google

    Cheers
    Nick
     
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    You can just crack open the valve open with the racking hose adaptor installed and then fill up a small glass / jar. You do not need to turn the valve around 180 degrees and instead just turn the valve back to the lock position, just check that it has sealed well I do this sometimes if I am dumping trub / yeast. Remember to spray with sanitiser before using to be on the safe side. Test out a process over a large container if you can to minimise the dreaded beer spill.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  3. Nickgaz

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    Thanks Peter, good to know the butterfly can be returned. I'll give this a go and pray for no dreaded beer spills!

    Probably a good idea to do a dry run with new HB equipment. Lesson learned
     
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    Posted 28/11/17
    I've got one of these and often wondered the same thing.
    Would leaving a sanitised hydrometer in the wort work?
     
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    Krausen will attach & dry onto the hydrometer, affecting its reading. Not sure by how much however.
     
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