|Brand||Ade Advanced Optics|
|Manufacturer||Ade Advanced Optics|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Material Type||Aluminum body with optic lens|
|Manufacturer||Ade Advanced Optics|
|Item model number||BCBI9177|
|Product Dimensions||20.07 x 6.86 x 5.84 cm; 19.84 Grams|
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Ade Advanced Optics BCBI9177 Beer Wort and Wine Refractometer, Dual Scale - Specific Gravity 1.000-1.120 and Brix 0-32%, Replaces Homebrew Hydrometer (Aluminum)
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- Ade Advanced Optics-Dual range refractometer measures the Brix and Specific Gravity of your Wort or wine.. Measures Brix: 0-32% and Specific Gravity:1.000-1.120
- Features ATC (Automatic Temperature Compensation) for accurate readings.
- A refractometer is easier and more accurate than a hydrometer for measuring sugars.
- Measures Brix: 0-32% and Specific Gravity:1.000-1.120
- 2 Years warranty!
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This refractometer is for measuring the sugar content of beer and includes an automatic temperature compensation of 10 - 30 degree Celsius. This refractometer can replace your hydrometer for easier and more accurate measurements. Simply use the dropper to take a sample of wort and put it on the prism. Then hold the refractometer up to the light and look through the eyepiece. Due to the dual scale there is no need convert to specific gravity as the scale measures both Brix and SG. Comes in a carry case with a 2 year warranty. Please check out other refractometers available from Ade Advanced Optics, custom ranges available on request.
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Refractometers are intended to work with clear liquids so you must calibrate them to work with beer wort. To learn more, please Google Refractometer calibration, specifically you may want to read the comments on BeerSmith software and its forums. I use BeerSmith for brewing and it has a special tool just for Refractometer calibration to convert Brix to Specific Gravity. After performing the calibration, it confirmed the Specific Gravity scale on the Refractometer was exact for Unfermented Wort.
That last statement is important, however, it is only accurate for UNFERMENTED WORT. Once the wort is fermented you must use the Brix scale and perform the appropriate calculations to convert back to Specific Gravity. Once again, BeerSmith does this beautifully.
Finally about this Refractometer. Nothing could be easier to use. Calibrated it the first time with distilled water (mine required no adjustment, perfect out of the box). Then calibrate with unfermented wort you know the Specific Gravity (use a Hydrometer). After calibration is complete, just a couple of drops on the glass and you instantly have a reading. The calibration process is only required once, unless you drop it or something then you may want to check again.
The reading couldn't be easier either, it is a bright blue line across the viewer and the viewer has a focus adjustment to ensure you can easily read the scale.
Refractometers are typically designed for wine. The refractive index is a bit different, so you'll need to apply a wort correction factor if you want to use it for beer, this is typically close to 1.04 but do your homework on this topic. Next, don't trust the FG reading! Fermented beer requires additional calculations, record the original and final gravity in Brix then use a free online calculator to back-calculate the actual FG/ABV of your beer.
The calibration on this is pretty simple and only allows for one point calibration. You should use distilled water to set zero, and check at least one standard solution that you mixed up at a known Brix value to confirm that you're getting an accurate reading.
All said, this is a super simple tool that's super useful and fast. I typically didn't measure my OG/FG because it took too much volume (wasted beer!) to measure, bubbles or particulate would throw off measurements, and temp had to equilibrate with a hydrometer. This requires one drop (even left-over in a kettle after you forgot to measure earlier), and given the right calibration is just as precise as a hydrometer.
The instructions said to check the accuracy with distilled water, so I put a few drops on the viewing area, waited 30 seconds and the reading was almost perfect. It only took a slight turn with the supplied screwdriver to zero in the scale. In a couple of days, I was ready to bottle some wine, so I checked the SG (specific gravity) with a borrowed hydrometer, then checked the reading with the refractometer, the readings were exactly the same. The only con to this unit is it doesn't come with a conversion scale to convert SG to Brix but I had the printed conversion scale that came with a previous hydrometer. For the money, the Ade Advanced Optics Refractometer is worth every penny.
Easy to calibrate with distilled water.