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Old 12-28-2012, 01:03 AM   #1
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Thinking of returning a refractometer for a thermapen. I don't think this refractometer will be much use to me as the scale is really small in the view finder thingy and it seems more trouble than its worth. I'd prefer the ol' manual hydrometer for ease of use. Will I regret doing this? I ask because I've not used the refractometer yet. If the thermapen is a good swap can anyone share a link to the most common thermapen for brewing? Thanks!

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Which refractometer did you get?? You put the eye piece up against your eye socket in order to get a good reading. I've been using refractometers for a while and have zero issues. I even remove my glasses to read them [properly] if I don't have my contacts in. I say either exchange the refractometer for a better one, or learn how to use it correctly.

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Old 12-28-2012, 01:28 AM   #3
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Which refractometer did you get?? You put the eye piece up against your eye socket in order to get a good reading. I've been using refractometers for a while and have zero issues. I even remove my glasses to read them [properly] if I don't have my contacts in. I say either exchange the refractometer for a better one, or learn how to use it correctly.
Its on northern brewer at http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/b...ter-w-atc.html. It was a gift and I actually never wanted a refractometer and am perfectly happy with my hydrometer. I just don't know if I return it if I am missing out on something that is really quite awesome but from playing around with it I am leaning toward getting something that I HAVE always wanted which is a great thermometer so that I am not always guessing on my temps. And I DO know how to use it correctly, some people just have different eye sight then others of find some things to be aggravating when others may not I suppose. Thank you for the input.
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If I had to choose between the two I would choose a thermapen. I recently got a refrac and am not crazy about it. I have trouble reading it because it is so small.

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If I had to choose between the two I would choose a thermapen. I recently got a refrac and am not crazy about it. I have trouble reading it because it is so small.
That's kind of where I am at with it
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Are you having problems getting it to focus? My eyes are shot, but I have no problem reading mine. I just need to adjust the eye piece. I love mine.

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Do you brew all grain? It makes things way easier if you do IMHO. So, I say, if you brew all grain, or are thinking of moving into all grain, keep it, if not, than its no biggie to ditch it.

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Are you having problems getting it to focus? My eyes are shot, but I have no problem reading mine. I just need to adjust the eye piece. I love mine.
Like I said, knowing how to use it. Usually only takes a little reading to find out how to get it to focus and to use the offset when needed (check it with distilled water at temp every few times, or more).

IMO, refractometers kick hydrometer's ass all over the playground. I can pull <3ml for a sample and get an instant reading. No more pulling samples with thief's, turkey basters, etc. I even just use the amount left in my transfer hose to get a reading.
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I think a thermapen, or at least a very fast and accurate thermometer is probably just as important, if not moreso, than a refractometer for doing all-grain batches. Don't get me wrong; I USE a refractometer, but I depend on the thermapen way more on brew days.

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I love my refractometer and can't see going back to hydrometer. However, I would love a thermapen as well to replace all of my questionable thermometers. I would say go for the one you've always wanted.

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