[quote=“FarEast1”]There has to be a better way to get sg readings from a fermenter. I’m using the 7gal plastic bucket for fermenting. If I want to check sg, I have to peel back the lid and float the hydrometer, hopefully sterilized and hopefully without letting in anything bad like bacteria or oxygen. What does everyone else do?
You can also easily put a spigot on a bucket type fermenter. I use the “better bottle” spigot valves on both my 7 gallon bucket and my better bottles. They are a bit pricey but of much higher quality than the standard bottling bucket spigots. This not only makes taking a sample a breeze, but you can say goodbye to starting a syphon on bottling day!!
PS- just make sure you take off the airlock before opening the valve or you’ll suck in the liquid from it. Yes, I did learn this the hard way!!!