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Using Refractometer

They are different but only in the scale the refraction is interpreted. You can get refractometers with various scales. Specific Gravity, brix, plato, ppm/ppt (saline). This is a very good question ...
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Refractometer vs. Hydrometer

They are both very accurate when used correctly. It's really best to use both Refractometer is only accurate for OG readings. Benefit is a few drops for sample instead of 100-200ml. This is very ...
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Why is my refractometer hard to read?

IMHO answer to this question is that the fluid under test is "opaque"and so the reading line is "diffuse". The opaque nature is usually due to yeast being present and it is better to test a clear(er) ...
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Why is my refractometer hard to read?

I have found that the refractometer line comes out fuzzy if the transparent lip is not flush with the prism. This can be due to particulates which introduce a distance, CO2 in the solution which ...
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Refractometer vs. Hydrometer

I haven't used a hydrometer in years. I think they are worthless and you waste a fair amount of beer using one. You can do a very close estimate of your alcohol content by just using only a ...
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Refractometer vs. Hydrometer

Which of these two tools is more accurate/precise in taking gravity measurements? Hydrometer. In my experiance. It could be my cheap refractometer but i've noticed some inaccurate readings and I ...
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Using Refractometer

No. The scales are different. The refractometer works on the principle that when a ray of light crosses a boundary (in this case into a fluid), the material refracts the ray under a certain angle. ...
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Temperature calibration of ºBrix to SG conversion

Conversion from Brix to SG doesn't require temp adjustment. Only the reading you measure needs to be adjusted for temp. Or better yet zero out your refractometer with distilled water that's the same ...
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Temperature calibration of ºBrix to SG conversion

Both Brix and specific gravity are temperature sensitive but the conversion seems to be independent of that fact. That is, if you start with the correct value in Brix, your converted SG value will be ...
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Method to measure specific gravity above refractometer range?

I believe your idea is correct. I would have recommended exactly the same technique.
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High final Brix reading, 1.00 SG

Refractometers become less accurate once the yeast has started fermenting the sugars into alcohol. It fails to take into account that there is sugar, alcohol, and water in solution, and only measures ...
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Refractometer vs. Hydrometer

I recently switched too. One problem I noticed with the smaller sample is that if you pull from the top of the vessle you may get some oils or other less dense particles collected at the top. This ...
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Testing before distilling

A final gravity of 1.014 is quite high for a wash intended to be distilled. So off-hand I'd say you've got an incomplete fermentation on your hands. Taste it. Does it still have a residual sweetness? ...
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Testing before distilling

Really hard to answer this question as there isn't really any information here. It's completely impossible for the anyone to to determine if 30% is possible considering there is no information ...
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Why are these refractometer scales so far off?

Simple. The SG scale is wrong. Only use Brix. A refractometer is incapable of measuring SG. It's an approximation, and in this case especially, it's pretty far off. Instead of using that SG scale, ...
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Refractometer correction for cider making

I have used the same wort calculators on ciders with some success. True the ingredients are different, but the correction curves should be similar. Personally for beer-wort I use a correction factor ...
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Final gravity too high

If you're measuring FG with a refrac, you need to compensate for alcohol. Alcohol in solution will increase the apparent gravity in a refrac. For this exact reason, I never measure gravity with a ...
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Temperature calibration of ºBrix to SG conversion

I believe the answers from @Evil Zymurgist and @thesquaregroot have missed the point. Nowadays, for brewers at least, the SG of a sample is conventionally reported as its density relative to water at ...
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Why is my refractometer hard to read?

It's probably fuzzy because the CO², you may try to transfer the beer from a cup to another, about 20 times, to make it go away, then try to read again. Don't forget to do alcohol correction, using ...
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Using Refractometer

Refractometer are commonly used to measure sugar in grapes before picking them up to make wine, you need less liquid to get a measurement. Less common in homebrewing, but also used, just make sure ...
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