Shattered

I broke what must have been my forth or fifth hydrometer while brewing on Monday morning. It’d only been used like 3 times. The little research I’ve done suggests that plastic hydrometers are crap. Have you done away with hydrometers and rely completely on a refractometer?

4 Responses to “Shattered”


  • Nope, still using the one I bought almost 15 years ago. Come to think of it that has to be a record for me. I can’t keep sunglasses for more than a year. Great, now I’m gonna break it. Where’s some wood to knock on.

    Maybe there’s something you can do in your brewing routine that would help. What were the circumstances for each of the shatterings?

  • I’m the same way with thermometers and half the reason I started using a digital thermometer.

  • The refractometers are accurate and reliable. Just don’t expect their automatic temperature adjustments to be exact.
    However, they are just as breakable as the hydrometers. I’m just saying.

  • refractometers do not measure SG. they measure brix by refraction. this can be converted at OG, but once there is alcohol present, the values are not the same. i do use a refractometer for daily comparison to see if fermentation is done. if i want the exact SG, i use a narrow range hydrometer.

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