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Old 03-10-2013, 04:32 AM   #1
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:40 AM   #2
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I got one off ebay. And as far as I can tell it works great.
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Bout 35 bucks?
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I got one like this from amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003H7...sr=8-1&pi=SL75

I think most of them are fairly similar. Just make sure you get an ATC ( auto temp correct).

I did one AG with just a hydrometer and was tearing my hair out, then bought a refrax. So much faster with a refrax. I still double check my OG with a hydro in the bucket or kettle, but during brewing it is super quick and easy. I calibrate with tap water at the start of each brew, since it seems to drift up and down by a few brix.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/RSG-100ATC-B...item46077bdc85

Can't beat it for the price and is calibrated correctly 4 beer.
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:48 AM   #6
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they are a lot cheaper than they used to be! Very valuable in brewing, I got mine off craigslist locally and came with a beaker for starters a few years back. I'm considering getting one that reads plato and gravity. I check mine once every 5 or so brews to make sure its calibrated.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/RSG-100ATC-B...item46077bdc85

Can't beat it for the price and is calibrated correctly 4 beer.
This is the exact same one I got. It works great!!!
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I just got one a couple of weeks ago and used it for the first time. I really like it and I'm glad I have one now. It's so easy on brew day! If you're thinking about getting one check out http://brewhardware.com

This is the one I got. Good quality. Plus you'd be supporting BobbyM who is a fellow HBT'er and homebrewer.
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Thanks guys. Consider me sold. Sorta blows that one needs to ship from China. Also, wow that Bobby has some cool stuff at brewhardware.com Big fan of supporting small business. Might have to go with his.
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I just got one a couple of weeks ago and used it for the first time. I really like it and I'm glad I have one now. It's so easy on brew day! If you're thinking about getting one check out http://brewhardware.com

This is the one I got. Good quality. Plus you'd be supporting BobbyM who is a fellow HBT'er and homebrewer.
I agree. I bought mine from Bobby, and when I posted questions about how to use it, guess who answered...?? Bobby from Brew Hardware.

Get the model that has Auto Temp Calibration (ATC) is was under $40.

In addition, I slightly disagree with the comment about checking calibration every 5 brews. Depending on where you brew (outside vs inside) the ambient temperature of the air plays a role in the accuracy of the refractometer.

To calibrate correctly, the distilled water sample and refractometer should both be around 68 degrees F, BUT most important is that they both are the same temperature.

For instance I brewed outside yesterday in northern VT and it was around 48 degrees outside. I brought refractometer and sample outside and let them come to that temperature and then calibrated.
The ATC aspect of the device will "correct" the readings as long as the temperature does not fluctuate much +/- 20 degrees.
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