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Dragonman 10-03-2012 04:22 PM

Refractometer
 
Looking for an opinion to see what you all think about this refractometer if it's any good. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Brix-Wort-SG-...item3f1d004861 :mug:

Sherpa FE 10-03-2012 05:31 PM

A friend of mine got one off of EBay, it lasted 10 brews before it died. Not saying that this will do the same, just explaining what happened to him.

Me personally, I do not like any refractometer that has more than Brix in the window, the writing is so much smaller it's kind of hard to read.
Anyway that's my experience, hope it helps.

Dragonman 10-03-2012 06:12 PM

I like the SG scale better than the brix scale just because it seems to make more sense to me for some reason.

Bricks41 10-03-2012 07:03 PM

Easy - Brix x 4 = SG so.... 20 Brix = 1.080, 15.6 Brix = 1.0624, etc. A lot of people agree, Sherpa included, get one with only Brix listed.

I bought mine from eBay ($25-30) with ATC and have had no issues with it, granted I'm really careful, keep it wrapped up when not in use, cleaned and make sure to not drop it or smack it against something lol. SG is dead on (confirmed with hydrometer) every time so far to the point I'm probably going to stop using my hydro. Now for FG, I've tested it several times, the Brix reading must be converted to recognize the presence of alcohol. After using the calculator, I'm confident that my FG accuracy is within +-.002 even when the ABV is in the 8-9.5% range.

Sherpa FE 10-03-2012 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bricks41 (Post 4466777)
Easy - Brix x 4 = SG so.... 20 Brix = 1.080, 15.6 Brix = 1.0624, etc. A lot of people agree, Sherpa included, get one with only Brix listed.

I bought mine from eBay ($25-30) with ATC and have had no issues with it, granted I'm really careful, keep it wrapped up when not in use, cleaned and make sure to not drop it or smack it against something lol. SG is dead on (confirmed with hydrometer) every time so far to the point I'm probably going to stop using my hydro. Now for FG, I've tested it several times, the Brix reading must be converted to recognize the presence of alcohol. After using the calculator, I'm confident that my FG accuracy is within +-.002 even when the ABV is in the 8-9.5% range.



Bricks,
Which calculator are you using. I've had no luck with the BeerSmith one.

rossi46 10-03-2012 07:25 PM

I've had this one for over a year and it works great.
http://www.homebrewstuff.com/heavy-d...ter-w-atc.html

Bricks41 10-03-2012 07:31 PM

http://seanterrill.com/2012/01/06/re...er-calculator/

You can use another one to help average it out. My last batch started at 20.2 Brix, final Brix before bottling was 9.6. According to the calculator, estimated FG was 1.013, my hydro showed about 1.012+-

Dragonman 10-03-2012 08:24 PM

I watched the video on this site and he said you can't take a fg with that refractometer. First is that true of all of them and if so how come?

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Originally Posted by rossi46 (Post 4466869)
I've had this one for over a year and it works great.
http://www.homebrewstuff.com/heavy-d...ter-w-atc.html


Bricks41 10-03-2012 09:15 PM

Again, you can use it for a FG, but not without compensating for alcohol.

This is the one I purchased:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-0-32-ATC...item337239002f

erikpete18 10-04-2012 10:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dragonman (Post 4467062)
I watched the video on this site and he said you can't take a fg with that refractometer. First is that true of all of them and if so how come?

You can use it for FG, but you've got to know the OG as well, and that's for all refractometers. The alcohol throws off the reading (since its no longer just dissolved sugars), but if you've got the OG you can plug it into a calculator and figure it out. I think Beersmith has a correction formula and AHB has got a quick calculator on their refractometer page. Personally, I like to still use my hydrometer for the FG, gives me something to sample!


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