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Old 07-27-2009, 09:57 PM   #1
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So I'm looking to upgrade to a refractometer and am seeing refractometers with ranges of either 0-32 Brix or 0-40 Brix (and others with higher ranges for undiluted honey etc). Both have a +- .2 Brix accuracy. I'm thinking that with beer at least I'm unlikely to exceed 32 brix (1.139 SG) but if I ever wanted to do a mead or something in the future would I be limiting myself? Should I go with the 0-40? All opinions welcome.

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Old 07-27-2009, 09:59 PM   #2
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I would think that either would do what you need done. 1.139 is pretty damn high, I have a 32 Brix refractometer and I LOVE it. $25 bucks, shipped, new!

 
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:05 PM   #3
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I'd go with the 32. You'll never need anything more. I'm not sure why measuring the OG of a mead would be required. Seems you would know the weight of the honey and the volume of water and that give you the gravity. I don't think honey varies much in gravity, but I might be wrong on that.

 
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:20 PM   #4
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I would think that either would do what you need done. 1.139 is pretty damn high, I have a 32 Brix refractometer and I LOVE it. $25 bucks, shipped, new!
Yeah, about the only beer that might have to go above that would be a utopias clone. I doubt I'll ever attempt that. Any thoughts on sources? I see a few on ebay for $23-$25 shipped.

 
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:25 PM   #5
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Yeah, about the only beer that might have to go above that would be a utopias clone. I doubt I'll ever attempt that. Any thoughts on sources? I see a few on ebay for $23-$25 shipped.
I bought mine on Ebay, and I love it. Be sure to get an ATC refractometer and you will love it.

 
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:29 PM   #6
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Just go with the 32 brix version. If you ever want to check something higher you can just dilute with water to figure it out.

Only once have I ever done that and it was when I was checking the value of some tart cherry concentrate.

 
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:41 AM   #7
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the 32 brix refract has less lines in the same amount of space, so it's easier to read.... better resolution.

 
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:59 AM   #8
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the 32 brix refract has less lines in the same amount of space, so it's easier to read.... better resolution.
+1 The larger the range of the refractomer the less resolution. You need one that will do the job without goig overboard.
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:02 AM   #9
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I got a 0-32 Brix refractometer (be sure to get one designed to measure sucrose) from a variety offered on eBay. It came from the "Happy Fun Luck Trading Co." or some such in Hong Kong, about $25 delivered. I'm very happy with it. I think a 0-40 refractometer would work, but with my eyes, I'd rather read the 0-32 scale.....
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:16 PM   #10
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OK, so I won the auction, $22.99 shipped from the US, 0-32%

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