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Old 01-24-2012, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default Which refractometer should I buy?

I'm looking at buying a refractometer that is accurate with a dual-scale, and where I don't have to do crazy calculations. I was looking at this one at morebeer.com http://morebeer.com/view_product/187...ith_Brix_Scale

should I go with this at $59 plus shipping, or on ebay for $19.00 plus shipping.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/0-32-Brix-Wo...#ht_4381wt_954

I just don't want the $19 one to break on me three months from now.

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Old 01-24-2012, 11:24 PM   #2
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Buy one with automatic temp correction. It's a lot easier.

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Both of these have automatic temp correction, and a dual scale

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I don't have a refractometer with ATC. While I'm sure it is a nice feature mine is old and I don't see replacing it in the near future, What I don't see a need for is a scale that measures in SG. Except for pre boil and post boil readings. I use the Brix and use software to convert the reading.

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The dual scale models are incorrect for the SG readings. It's a well known problem. I'm not sure if MoreBeer has fixed theirs, but do some searching on the topic and you'll see it's a widespread problem. So unless MoreBeer has fixed it (I'd call) you're going to need to do the conversion. That being said I got an eBay dual scale model apparently shipped directly from somewhere in the far east and it works great.

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The dual scale models are incorrect for the SG readings. It's a well known problem. I'm not sure if MoreBeer has fixed theirs, but do some searching on the topic and you'll see it's a widespread problem. So unless MoreBeer has fixed it (I'd call) you're going to need to do the conversion. That being said I got an eBay dual scale model apparently shipped directly from somewhere in the far east and it works great.
I decided to go with the dual scale one from Honk Kong, figuring that I will need to use some software to do the conversion. How do you do the conversion?
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I use BeerSmith however you can find the equation or reference tables pretty easily online. Just search for "convert brix to specific gravity".

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You need the OG to convert right?

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Based on the picture in the eBay posting, it appears to be the flawed calculation version. 24 brix is close to 1.10 but their image has it up at 25+ brix.

Not that eBay pictures are necessarily accurate, just an FYI...

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Based on the picture in the eBay posting, it appears to be the flawed calculation version. 24 brix is close to 1.10 but their image has it up at 25+ brix.

Not that eBay pictures are necessarily accurate, just an FYI...
Damn that sucks. maybe I should cancel it. Hopefully the brix scale is accurate
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