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Reader Tip: ATC Refractometer

Thanks to HBF Reader Paul for this tip!

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This 0-32 Brix Refractometer is getting great reviews.

Features:

  • Ade Advanced Optics Brix Refractometer
  • 0-32% Brix Scale. Accurate to +/- 0.20% Brix*
  • Sturdy design, made of durable machined Aluminum, not “carbon” plastic
  • Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC)
  • 1 Year Manufacturer warranty through Ade Advanced Optics

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! :)

Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Sean Terrill’s excellent refractometer calculator.

Refractometer RF15 with Automatic Temperature Compensation (0-32 Brix)

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BREWfractometer Extreme Dual Scale, ATC Refractometer

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The BREWfractometer Extreme is from the same manufacturer is the often mentioned RSG-100ATC Dual (Corrected) Scale Refractometer.

The BREWfractometer Extreme is said to have a heavier duty construction and also has the ability to read higher gravities (up to 1.180).  The BREWfractometer Extreme has been unavailable.  It is back in stock as of this posting.

Gravity to Brix Accuracy
Typical dual scale refractometers use a linear 4 x gravity to Brix conversion.  That’s fine and dandy up until around 1.049.  At that point this linear scale starts to become inaccurate.  Brix 11 does equal 1.044, but Brix 12 does not equal 1.048.  It is 1.049.  It’s only 1 point off here, but up at Brix 24, it’s up to 5 points off.  Brix 24 equals 1.101 not 1.096.

All this to say that this model of refractometer uses a more accurate, non-linear gravity to Brix scale.

BREWfractometerTM Extreme (BREWx) – 0-40% Brix and 1.000-1.180% Wort Specific Gravity ATC Refractometer

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Dual Scale Refractometer – $39.95 via More Beer

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Brewing Refractometer – Dual Scale MT700 - $39.95 + Free Shipping

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Also ConsiderMagnum Media DUAL SCALE Refractometer

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Dual Scale Refractometer w/Corrected Scale

This refractometer reads in both Brix and Gravity.  This refractometer features a corrected scale.  What is a corrected scale?  Read on.

Gravity to Brix Accuracy
Typical dual scale refractometers use a linear 4 x gravity to Brix conversion.  That’s fine and dandy up until around 1.049.  At that point this linear scale starts to become inaccurate.  Brix 11 does equal 1.044, but Brix 12 does not equal 1.048.  It is 1.049.  It’s only 1 point off here, but up at Brix 24, it’s up to 5 points off.  Brix 24 equals 1.101 not 1.096.

All this to say that this model of refractometer uses a more accurate, non-linear gravity to Brix scale.

From the manufacturer: “This is the only inexpensive Wort SG to be corrected. The only other corrected refrafractometers in existence are the BREWfractometer and the BREWfractometer Extreme.”

Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Northern Brewer’s Refractometer Calculators.

Magnum Media DUAL SCALE 0-32% Brix and 1.000-1.130SG Wort Refractometer RSG-100ATC Beer Home Brew

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I recently picked up these transfer pippettes.  They are a whopping 300 mm/11.8″ Long.  After using these for one beer, I can tell you that they are long enough to grab a refractometer sample from a 5 gallon batch in a Speidel 7.9 Gallon Fermenter.

Globe Scientific 139050 LDPE Extra Long Transfer Pipet, Non-Sterile, 300mm Length, 23.0mL Capacity (Box of 100)

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Buy a Governor Regulator, Get a Free Refractometer

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Buy a Governor CO2 Regulator from Midwest Supplies and get a free Brix Refractometer.  Use promo/coupon code STEPITUP to get the free refractometer.

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Free Refractometer with Mash Tun and HLT Purchase

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Buy a Complete All Grain Setup from Home Brew Stuff and get a Free Refractometer.  No coupon or promo code is needed, but make sure to select “Free Refractometer” under the special offer section.

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Dual Scale Refractometer – $49.95 Shipped

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Brewing Refractometer – Dual Scale MT700 - $49.95 + Free Shipping

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