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- Glass hydrometer
- Reads brix/balling and potential alcohol scales
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The hydrometer is used to determine the specific gravity of your beer. The specific gravity is used to determine the alcohol level of your beer and to monitor the fermentation progress. A must have for anybody making wine or beer at home.
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Shame on the seller for false advertising, Shame on Amazon for allowing this. I didn't read the reviews before hand and I should have...
Received a Black and White hard to read Hydrometer, Purchased a Color coded easy to read Hydrometer.
I don't know why everyone is fuming about not receiving one that has a colored paper inside the tube, you have to look really closely at the markers to tell the precise gravity readings anyway, so it being colored doesn't factor into anything but cosmetics. It didn't really matter to me because I received one WITH the colored markers. I ordered it March 4, 2014.
Of course, you should check with distilled water to see if there is a fault, which I haven't done yet, and apply that to your readings. Make sure the temperature you take your readings at are adjusted using an online gravity adjustment calculator.
I only give it 4 stars instead of 5 because I haven't tested it yet, but everything looks good!
Update: March 15, 2014: I tested it in a 12 inch test jar with distilled water, and, even at the right temperature it measured about .002 degrees higher than it should. No big deal though! I was going to take the OG of my brew water (with included minerals, like gypsum) anyway and use that to gauge my SG for when I finally place it in the primary. Upping the star count to 5 cause it is everything I expected of a hydrometer, even with a slight SLIGHT fault.
I bought this as a backup hydrometer in case my other one breaks at an inopportune time. Where my old Alla brand hydrometer reads 1.000 in a test jar filled with 60 degree Farenheit water, this one reads 1.004. Since I intend this to be a backup I can probably live with the inaccuracy (hoping I'll never have to use it anyway), but I do think I'll eventually pick up a better one to use as a backup and get rid of this one.
I got 2 of the exact same black and white cheap models, in identical packaging. But the one that costed more (this one) is BROKEN!
Glad I got a backup, just thought it would get to sit on a shelf for a day or 60 first.
The only downside is that hydrometers are fragile, not ding against this product at all, it just the nature of the beast. And they always seem to break right before you are ready to take a reading. Finally got smart and bought a spare. Why not at this price?