Gravity Hydrometer and H-JarHello,I am starting my first attempt but I can't seem to get a hydrometer reading, what am I doing wrong?Jane---------- Dear Jane,
The number one beginner mistake in taking hydrometer readings is not using a large enough wine sample. In other words, you have to use enough wine to get the gravity hydrometer to float. If the wine is still touching the bottom of the container you are testing in, you need to add more wine. If the container you are testing in is starting to over-flow and the gravity hydrometeris still touching bottom, you need a larger container.We offer what are called Hydrometer Jars or H-Jars that are designed to make hydrometer testing easier. You can also use a Fermentation Sampler that makes taking the wine sample easy as well.You can also do a rough testing of the wine simply by putting the gravity hydrometer in the batch itself. This only works if you are fermenting in an open container of sorts and not a carboy or fermenter that has a narrow neck.
I hope this helps you out.
Best Wishes,
Customer Service at E. C. Kraus --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.
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