Re: [beekeeping] Re: what is 'Sugar Free' Honey?
- YES, Matthew! Thank you for the correction of my sloppy English!
---- Matthew <mpteleski@...> wrote:
> sort-of right. Honey is a very complex mixture of
> saccharides, both which are "left" and "right" chiral.
> If you have more than one, then polarized light will
> be rotated one way. If more of the other, light will
> be rotated the other way. If the mixture is equal
> (called a racemic mixture in the chemistry world) then
> the light will NOT be rotated. You can use the
> degree of rotation to determine the ratio of "left"
> and "right" versions of teh species present. Sachrides
> in themselves do not polarize light, but will rotate
> polarized light.
> using my degree in chemistry :-)
> Re: what is 'Sugar Free' Honey?
> Posted by: "Rich" wd6esz@... wd6es
> Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:08 am (PST)
> Actually a polarimeter is used to measure sugar
> content. Because all saccharides polarize light, the
> degree of polarization can be used to measure sugar
> content or conversely interpolate the amount of water
> content. It is not uncommon to find polarimeters
> calibrated in percentage of sugar content as opposed
> to actually number of degrees of light polarization.
> ---- Daniel Adam <jmker@DROHNENFLUG. CH> wrote:
> > is that where the polariscope discussed earlier here
> comes in handy?
> > what easy methods are there to measure sugar in
> honey? (the one
> > that should not be there...)
> > how accurate are these methods?
> > Sweet greetings from Switzerland.
> > Daniel
> "Racing with the wind and flirting with death
> So have a cup of coffee and catch your breath"
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