The Sampler | Wine or Beer Thief


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SKU: 55429 Barcode: 825392006801

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The Sampler allows you to take hydrometer readings with no siphoning or pouring. Once you take the reading, simply press the touch tip valve against the wall of the container and empty The Sampler, mess and waste free. BPA Free Length: 53cm Maximum Temperature: 60 °C (140 °F). The Sampler tip drips from time to time, give the tip a tug so the inner gasket will accommodate properly. The Sampler makes it easy to take samples from your carboy or fermenter, or barrel especially if you do not have a tap. It is also specially designed to fit a hydrometer inside so it is possible to take a sample and hydrometer reading, then return the sample back to your fermenter - just be careful to ensure everything is sterilised before taking a sample.

Features and Benefits:

  • Unique design allows you to insert a standard hydrometer directly into The Thief.
  • High grade acrylic for excellent clarity.
  • Measures 19" in length.
  • Simply dip once for a quick sample.
  • Just touch the tip to the rim to empty The Thief.

Guidance for use:

1. The Sampler enables you to easily take samples from your fermenter, demijohn or barrel.  Sanitize/rinse with non-alcohol based sanitizer.

Note: does not fit in the neck of most 5 litre size demijohns

Excellent for taking samples from 25 litre fermenters or demijohns

2. Submerge empty Thief and remove. The chamber allows you to also take hydrometer readings directly in the wine thief, eliminating the need to transfer the sample to a test jar. Simply place the hydrometer in the chamber then insert the thief in your wine or beer and remove the sample. The hydrometer will float freely

3. Hold Thief vertically and insert hydrometer. Twist to dislodge bubbles and prevent hydrometer from clinging to sides.  It is made from high quality extra clear food grade you can easily see the hydrometer scale.

4. . Gently touch tip to the inside of the vessel to return sample. Avoid applying excessive force on pin.  Simply touch the bottom of the wine thief on the side of your fermenter to release the liquid back. Works best in larger fermenters where the thief can be pushed down a long way to fill with liquid.


  • If valve tip drips, tug pin firmly to re-seat.
  • Temperature maximum: 120˚F or 49˚C

Made in: Canada


Any suggestions on how to sanitize The Thief?

I sanitize my Thief and carboy at the same time by filling the carboy with cleaning solution and inserting the Thief. Another inexpensive alternative is to buy a cheap wall-paper tray from your hardware store to sanitize the Thief.

My Thief isn't providing enough sample for a hydrometer reading. What can be done?

If for some reason you can't get a deep enough sample in The Thief to float your hydrometer, try this: shake The Thief up and down a few inches with the bottom tip well submerged in your container of wine/beer. The liquid level in the Thief will magically rise.