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Old 02-02-2008, 01:27 AM   #1
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Default Which Refractometer

I already posted this in equipment, but didn't get an answer.
Are all refractometers pretty much the same, or is there a better model to choose over another.

Are there specific things to look for?
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Old 02-02-2008, 07:05 AM   #2
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there are MANY different refractometers in the world, depending on what you want to use it for. but as far as we're concerned there is really only one type worth looking at. the one i have is the standard 0-32 brix with automatic temperature correction (ATC). if you're buying from your LHBS or online then they have the one you need, and most likely have only one version available. if i remember, the one i have cost about $60.

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I bought this one on eBay, $25 plus $10 to ship. Apart from the case, it appears to be identical to the one at my LHBS, at a fourth of the price.

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Old 02-02-2008, 08:01 AM   #4
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I got mine from eBay, also, for about $35, shipped. Whatever you do, get one with ATC. Some go to 30 Brix, others to 32. That's up to you and what sort of beer you think you will brew.


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Thanks for the replies, I will check out Ebay.
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Same here. Got mine from E-Bay with ATC. Now that we are on the subject, who here takes a drip from the Boil Kettle without cooling it to get a reading? I have a buddy who does this, but after reading the literature that came with my refractor, I don't know how accurate that is.

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I use :
http://pivo.northernbrewer.com/nbsto...ometer&x=0&y=0
I've had it for some time, and I can't remember what I paid for it, but it's paid for itself many times over in reduced sample sizes, and not having to buy replacement hydrometers when they roll off the counter and shatter on the floor.

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Same here. Got mine from E-Bay with ATC. Now that we are on the subject, who here takes a drip from the Boil Kettle without cooling it to get a reading? I have a buddy who does this, but after reading the literature that came with my refractor, I don't know how accurate that is.
i do this all the time. the sample size is so small, though, that by the time you get the eye dropper to the sample plate on the refracto it's already cooled significantly. also, the sample plate is embedded in a lot of solid aluminum, so once you drop your sample on the glass, close the cover, and start to take a reading the Al has acted as a heat sink and you've further cooled the sample, probably to near room temperature. i've never figured out what exactly it is about the refracto that makes it ATC, i always just figured it was the temperature correcting properties of the aluminum. the instructions say to let it sit for 30s before taking a reading. by then, the sample is the same temp as the device.
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Ive been looking into getting a refractometer. I just havent had the money. I'm tired of breaking my hydrometers. I figure with all money I have spent on those I can buy a refractometer.

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Just got mine from Ebay, 31.00
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