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Old 01-08-2013, 01:27 AM   #11
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Most refractometers used in brewing max out at about 32 Brix, most honey is about 82 Brix. Therefore you can't measure the honey straight. You can however dilute the honey with water, a ratio of 3:1 or 4:1 hot water to honey should work. Just multiple the reading by the ratio (e.g. A reading of 21 Brix in a 3:1 solution would mean the honey is actually 84 Brix.)
Awe, too bad. Makes sense, but still too bad. I'll have to get myself one of those professional brewing laboratories when I win the lottery, then I can get all the cool gadgets.
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Awe, too bad. Makes sense, but still too bad. I'll have to get myself one of those professional brewing laboratories when I win the lottery, then I can get all the cool gadgets.
If you don't have a calculator you could use pencil and paper.
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Awe, too bad. Makes sense, but still too bad. I'll have to get myself one of those professional brewing laboratories when I win the lottery, then I can get all the cool gadgets.
Some medical equipment companies scrap lab equipment (scopes, sensors, etc.) on a regular basis. It's "too hard" for them to do the math if they sell or donate, so they pitch stuff and take a write-down. Depending on where you live, you might be able to score some major equipment at close to $0.
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Honestly most equipment is gong to require a dilution of some sort. The bench refractometers I have seen go to about 50-70 %Brix. I also think the viscosity of the honey plays a part in this, it would be too hard to get a good consistent sample on the prism surface

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Honestly most equipment is gong to require a dilution of some sort. The bench refractometers I have seen go to about 50-70 %Brix. I also think the viscosity of the honey plays a part in this, it would be too hard to get a good consistent sample on the prism surface
Good to know, but I want being entirely serious...
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If you don't have a calculator you could use pencil and paper.
And next thing you know, you'll suggest I should write thing out instead of using a computer. Or use a map instead of my GPS... Geeze, what has the world come to? ;-)
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