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  • cletemeaders
    what is a brix refractor & what is it used for? clete
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 1, 2003
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      what is a brix refractor & what is it used for? clete
    • CornFed (Randy)
      a refractometer is an instrument that measures the thickness of a liquid substance by the amount and degree that light is bent or refracted while passing thru
      Message 2 of 3 , Jul 1, 2003
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        a refractometer is an instrument that measures the thickness of a
        liquid substance by the amount and degree that light is bent or
        refracted while passing thru it. There are table top laboratory
        models that are much more expensive than the hand held portable
        versions.

        There are many different styles of refractometers and they are built
        to measure specific substances, from the strength of your
        automobile's engine antifreeze, to the amount of particulates in a
        metal lathe cutting fluid, to the strength of ethanol in the test
        solution, to the brix reading of a substance. In the distillers
        discussion brix and balling is referring to the amount of sugar in a
        liquid solution. That is the much shortened definition but it will
        do for now and this discussion.

        If you have enough liquid to float a triple scale hydrometer, then
        you wont need a refractometer. That 10 dollar instrument will do
        everything you need to do. If you are trying to determine how sweet
        the apples on the tree are this year before you pick them or how
        sweet the grapes are on the vine or trying to determine if attempting
        to ferment pumpkins is really a good idea. Then a refractometer is a
        very useful instrument. One drop of luid on the viewer and hold it
        up to a light source, and 10 seconds later you will have your
        reading.

        If you are fermenting table sugar in a bucket, then based on weights
        and measures you already have a pretty good idea of what the brix
        reading will be. A refractometer will not be an economical solution
        to your instrumentation needs.

        message number 5743 on this list has a link where refractometers were
        being sold for around 60 dollars. the yahoo group brixtalk has a
        series of links to where lower cost refratometers are available
        also. http://www.infoarchive.net/index has this list archived with a
        much better search engine. Choose either new distillers or
        Distillers from the list on the left and do a search for
        refractometers for about 30 messages on this subject going back for
        the last couple years.

        Brix is also used to determine the quality of fresh produce.
        http://www.crossroads.ws/brixbook/BBook.htm has an online book that
        lists the brix readings for a variety of different produce. It also
        has a pretty good explaination of how to operate a refractometer and
        what it is used for. Brix is the measurement of how thick the saps
        are inside of a living plant. The higher the brix reading equates
        an elevated level of minerals and by association higher sugar
        content.

        --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "cletemeaders" <spacejug@a...>
        wrote:
        > what is a brix refractor & what is it used for? clete
      • cletemeaders
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        Message 3 of 3 , Jul 1, 2003
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          "And Ive been thinking the inventors of the sewing machine were
          smart"! cm

          --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "CornFed (Randy)"
          <cornfed15@h...> wrote:
          > a refractometer is an instrument that measures the thickness of a
          > liquid substance by the amount and degree that light is bent or
          > refracted while passing thru it. There are table top laboratory
          > models that are much more expensive than the hand held portable
          > versions.
          >
          > There are many different styles of refractometers and they are
          built
          > to measure specific substances, from the strength of your
          > automobile's engine antifreeze, to the amount of particulates in a
          > metal lathe cutting fluid, to the strength of ethanol in the test
          > solution, to the brix reading of a substance. In the distillers
          > discussion brix and balling is referring to the amount of sugar in
          a
          > liquid solution. That is the much shortened definition but it
          will
          > do for now and this discussion.
          >
          > If you have enough liquid to float a triple scale hydrometer, then
          > you wont need a refractometer. That 10 dollar instrument will do
          > everything you need to do. If you are trying to determine how
          sweet
          > the apples on the tree are this year before you pick them or how
          > sweet the grapes are on the vine or trying to determine if
          attempting
          > to ferment pumpkins is really a good idea. Then a refractometer
          is a
          > very useful instrument. One drop of luid on the viewer and hold
          it
          > up to a light source, and 10 seconds later you will have your
          > reading.
          >
          > If you are fermenting table sugar in a bucket, then based on
          weights
          > and measures you already have a pretty good idea of what the brix
          > reading will be. A refractometer will not be an economical
          solution
          > to your instrumentation needs.
          >
          > message number 5743 on this list has a link where refractometers
          were
          > being sold for around 60 dollars. the yahoo group brixtalk has a
          > series of links to where lower cost refratometers are available
          > also. http://www.infoarchive.net/index has this list archived
          with a
          > much better search engine. Choose either new distillers or
          > Distillers from the list on the left and do a search for
          > refractometers for about 30 messages on this subject going back
          for
          > the last couple years.
          >
          > Brix is also used to determine the quality of fresh produce.
          > http://www.crossroads.ws/brixbook/BBook.htm has an online book
          that
          > lists the brix readings for a variety of different produce. It
          also
          > has a pretty good explaination of how to operate a refractometer
          and
          > what it is used for. Brix is the measurement of how thick the
          saps
          > are inside of a living plant. The higher the brix reading
          equates
          > an elevated level of minerals and by association higher sugar
          > content.
          >
          > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "cletemeaders"
          <spacejug@a...>
          > wrote:
          > > what is a brix refractor & what is it used for? clete
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