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Refractometer questions

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Postby ColoradoBrewer » Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:57 am

There are refractometers that measure alcohol, but I personally have never heard of one combined with one that measures brix in the same instrument. For beer all you need is one in the 0-32 brix range. And if possible, you may want to look through the instrument before purchase. The reticle can be hard to read and takes a certain level of visual acuity. Here is a basic that you may find useful.
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Postby soyousee » Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:52 am

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I'm thinking of getting one, too

Postby billvelek » Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:49 pm

I don't have a refractometer, although I've been thinking of getting one. To comment on a couple of posts, I went here -- -- and it says "The model can directly and approximately read out the alcohol degrees of the grape wine made by the original juice", so I would interprete that to mean that it can read BOTH brix and alcohol, but then again the ad could be false. And of course the bid might go a lot higher, too.

I guess I need to study up on this a bit before making a commitment. Are there any particular brands to avoid ... or that are recommended?

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Postby slothrob » Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:14 pm

I could be wrong, I don't use a refractometer, but I've read many times that they only measure sugar and that they are only useful for taking pre-fermentation gravity. I'm just saying this because, unless you find out otherwise, you might spend a decent amount of money on a tool that doesn't do what you want it to do.
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I don't own a refractometer

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Re: I don't own a refractometer

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