Originally Posted by BradyBrandBrewing
Duboman, yes the reading is with a refractometer. I just checked with the Hydrometer and it came out as 1.020, which seems much better . I'm curious as to why there might be a variance between the two methods. I always hear that the refractometer is the better way to go.
Refractometer a requires a brix adjustment calculation due to the presence of alcohol and even with the adjustments they can be less precise than a hydrometer
Some will say that with adjustment calculators they are accurate but that's not my experience-I only use a hydrometer for FG readings.
Now be sure to calibrate your hydrometer to ensure it reads 1.000 in distilled water at 60F- make any adjustments necessary if it's not