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Re: [beekeeping] Re: what is 'Sugar Free' Honey?

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  • Rich
    YES, Matthew! Thank you for the correction of my sloppy English! Rich
    Message 1 of 6 , Aug 31, 2006
      YES, Matthew! Thank you for the correction of my sloppy English!

      Rich
      ---- 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.
      >
      > -matthew
      > 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.
      >
      > Rich
      > ---- 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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