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Steve_M

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What is the best way to grab a sample of the must for hydrometer reading, while leaving behind skins, seeds etc?
 

jumby

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I use a wine thief.
 

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My wine thief would get clogged with stems/seeds, etc when I put it directly into the must. What I do now is partially submerge a fine mesh strainer into the must, then scoop out the juice with a measuring cup. From there, just pour the juice into the thief or test cylinder.
 

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I do just about the same thing that Jim does. Punch the cap down, sanitize a strainer, shove into must, use a sanitized glass or something to get a fairly clean sample. That goes into my test cylinder, which was sanitized also.
 

Steve_M

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Ok sounds like a plan will try that out today.
 

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I'll echo the good advice given above. One of those fine mesh strainers with a handle; after stirring the must, push down the solids with the strainer and grab some of the juice.
 

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