Category Archives: Refractometers

Tip: Get a Refractometer – Save Beer & Breakage!

Anpro Brix Refractometer for Homebrew, Beer Wort Refractometer Dual Scale Specific Gravity 1.000-1.120 and Automatic Temperature Compensation 0-32% Replaces Homebrew Hydrometer, MPictured: Anpro Brix Refractometer for Homebrew, Beer Wort Refractometer Dual Scale Specific Gravity 1.000-1.120 and Automatic Temperature Compensation 0-32% via Amazon

Part of Our Homebrew Tips and Tricks Series.  Check out the complete list – Homebrewing Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts!


  • If you haven’t realized it yet… hydrometers are made out of breakable glass that can… break.  They also require a healthy sample size.
  • With a refractometer you need a sample size of just a couple drops.  That’s a lot of saved beer compared to a hydrometer.  So much so that a refractometer may very well pay for itself over time.
  • For me, getting a refractometer was one of those small, inexpensive upgrades that made a huge difference.
  • An quick estimation of unfermented wort gravity is easy to calculate.  OG is around 4 times the Brix reading obtained from your refractometer.  That becomes more and more inaccurate as gravities increase.
  • Refractometers can also be used to measure gravity throughout the fermentation process.  Just plug your numbers into a calculator for correction after fermentation begins.  See: Sean Terrill’s Refractometer Calculator
  • If you have a refractometer AND a hydrometer you can estimate ABV without a starting gravity.  See Tip 10 for more information on that.
  • Some shopping tips… Look for a dual scale (Brix and Gravity) model.  ATC/Automatic Temperature Correction is another important feature.  That automatically accounts for changes due to temperature within a certain range.
  • There are many offerings and they can change quickly.  Shop Around, Search Amazon for “dual scale refractometer” to compare prices and see what models are currently available.
  • If you have a higher budget, consider a digital model.  Generally speaking, those are not available with dual scale capabilities, but you get a digital readout of gravity readings.  That’s a nice feature.  Shop Around, Search Amazon for “digital brix refractometer” to compare prices and see what models are currently available.
  • Related Categories: Fermentation, Refractometers

Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.


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Milwaukee Instruments MA871 Digital Refractometer – $124 + Free Shipping & Hands on Review

Milwaukee MA871 Digital Sugar Refractometer with Automatic Temp Compensation, Yellow LED, 0 to 85 percent Brix, +/- 0.2 percent Accuracy, 0.1 percent Resolution

MA871 Digital Refractometer by Milwaukee Instruments

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  • Range 0-85% Brix
  • Resolution 0.1%
  • Comes with battery
  • Readout Accuracy 0.1 pH-grams

 

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.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

Check out our Hands on Review of the MA871

10/10/20 2 PM Central: This is selling for $124.  In my opinion that’s a great deal for a digital refractometer.  For comparison, take a look at this offering from MoreBeer.  It’s not the same unit, but similar functionality.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Milwaukee MA871 Digital Sugar Refractometer with Automatic Temp Compensation, Yellow LED, 0 to 85 percent Brix, +/- 0.2 percent Accuracy, 0.1 percent Resolution – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Looking for an inexpensive refractometer?… Triple Scale Refractometer with ATC… $12.99 + free prime ship

Brix Refractometer with ATC Automatic Temperature Compensation (0-32 Brix) Triple Scales Beer, Wine, Juice HomeBrew Hydrometer 3 scales

Brix Refractometer with ATC Automatic Temperature Compensation (0-32 Brix) Triple Scales Beer, Wine, Juice HomeBrew Hydrometer 3 scales

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Brix Refractometer for Measuring Sugar Liquid with Brix Refractometer with Automatic Temperature Compensation, Specific Gravity! — 3 scales for Measurement in America, Europa and Asia: 0-32% Brix ( MAS Sacch); 0-140 Oe; 0-27 KMW (Babo) — Measurement is easy: Place a few drops of the liquid on the optical part of the refractometer, cover the prism, and the liquid will spread more easily over the prism, look throught the eyepiece against the light and you will be able to read the result value on the scale. 10℃~30℃ / 50F ~ 86 F. For temperature beyond this range, please calibrate before use. — Includes: a firm plastic case, 1x refractometer ,1x cleaning cloth, 1x suction tube, 1x screw driver, 1x operating instructions — 2 Years Warranty by simply contacting us via Amazon purchase history


 

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.

10/9/20 2 PM Central: This is selling for just $12.99.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Brix Refractometer with ATC Automatic Temperature Compensation (0-32 Brix) Triple Scales Beer, Wine, Juice HomeBrew Hydrometer 3 scalesnote that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Dual Scale Refractomter with ATC

Tiaoyeer Brix Refractometer with ATC Digital Handheld Refractometer for Beer Wine Fruit Sugar, Dual Scale-Specific Gravity 1.000-1.130 and Brix 0-32% (Black)

Tiaoyeer Brix Refractometer with ATC Digital Handheld Refractometer for Beer Wine Fruit Sugar, Dual Scale-Specific Gravity 1.000-1.130 and Brix 0-32% (Black)

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • ACCURATE READINGS : The Brix refractometer can measure brix between 0-32%±0.2% and Specific Gravity between 1.000-1.130, Brix Accuracy: +/-0.2%.
  • ADVANCED AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION(ATC)TECHNOLOGY (10℃~30℃): Adjust Automatically to Compensate for Temperature, Which makes it even easier to get fast results.
  • SIMPLY USE: Using the dropper to take a sample of wort and put it on the prism. Then hold the refractometer up to the light and look scale through the eyepiece, more accurate to measure sugars in verities of melon, fruits or juice.

 

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.

Tiaoyeer Brix Refractometer with ATC Digital Handheld Refractometer for Beer Wine Fruit Sugar, Dual Scale-Specific Gravity 1.000-1.130 and Brix 0-32% (Black)note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Dual Scale Refractomter with ATC

Tiaoyeer Brix Refractometer with ATC Digital Handheld Refractometer for Beer Wine Fruit Sugar, Dual Scale-Specific Gravity 1.000-1.130 and Brix 0-32% (Black)

Tiaoyeer Brix Refractometer with ATC Digital Handheld Refractometer for Beer Wine Fruit Sugar, Dual Scale-Specific Gravity 1.000-1.130 and Brix 0-32% (Black)

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • ACCURATE READINGS : The Brix refractometer can measure brix between 0-32%±0.2% and Specific Gravity between 1.000-1.130, Brix Accuracy: +/-0.2%.
  • ADVANCED AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION(ATC)TECHNOLOGY (10℃~30℃): Adjust Automatically to Compensate for Temperature, Which makes it even easier to get fast results.
  • SIMPLY USE: Using the dropper to take a sample of wort and put it on the prism. Then hold the refractometer up to the light and look scale through the eyepiece, more accurate to measure sugars in verities of melon, fruits or juice.

 

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.

Tiaoyeer Brix Refractometer with ATC Digital Handheld Refractometer for Beer Wine Fruit Sugar, Dual Scale-Specific Gravity 1.000-1.130 and Brix 0-32% (Black)note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Dual Scale Refractometer with ATC, Brix 0-32%, Gravity 1.000-1.120 – $15.99 + Free Prime Ship

Brix Refractometer for Homebrew Beer Wort Refractometer, Dual Scale Beer Refractometer Specific Gravity 1.000-1.120 and Brix: 0~32%, ATC Wort SG Refractometer Replaces Homebrew Hydrometer

Brix Refractometer for Homebrew Beer Wort Refractometer, Dual Scale Beer Refractometer Specific Gravity 1.000-1.120 and Brix: 0~32%, ATC Wort SG Refractometer Replaces Homebrew Hydrometer

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  • QUICK MEASURING BEER WORT REFRACTOMETER: needs less samples than a hydrometer, place 2 or 3 drops of brew on top of the prism and close the daylight plate. Wait for a few seconds and quick get the precise results without wasting Beer or Wort.
  • DUAL SCALES MEASURE BRIX/SG Refractometer: measure beer and wort Specific Gravity 1.000 – 1.120 and brix 0 – 32%, accuracy: +/-0.2%, no need to switch unit for readings each time. Easy to operate and maintenance, perfect replace Homebrew beer and wort Hydrometer.
  • AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION (ATC: 50°F ~86°F/ 10°C~30°C) beer wort refractometer don’t worry the ambient temperature change affect the measured value. Let’s be a better brewer with this beer wort refractometer, and take control of the brew process.
  • ALUMINUM BODY MATERIAL: The refractometer is made of aluminum and ABS rubber, which is non-staining, resistant to abrasion and anti-corrosion. Adjustable eyepiece beer refractometer can see scale more clearly. A good choice for Home Brew, brewing , Beer wort making and educational purposes.
  • ACCESSORIES & WARRANTY: The brew tapper refractometer comes in sturdy plastic box for protection and convenient to carry, calibration screwdriver, 3ml pipette, manual and a lens cleaning cloth. 1 year warranty, please contact us if you meet any question about our product.

 

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.

9/26/20 11:30 PM Central: This has dropped to just $15.99.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Brix Refractometer for Homebrew Beer Wort Refractometer, Dual Scale Beer Refractometer Specific Gravity 1.000-1.120 and Brix: 0~32%, ATC Wort SG Refractometer Replaces Homebrew Hydrometernote that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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(100) 3ml Transfer Pipettes [Refractometer & pH Samples, measuring Star San] – $4.99 + Free Prime Ship

Karter Scientific 206H3 3ml Graduated Transfer Pipette, Cap 7ml, 1/2ml Grads, 155mm (Pack of 100)

(100) Transfer Pipettes from Karter Scientific.  Total of 5 ml capacity, 3 ml of which are graduated in 1/2 ml increments.  Comes with a dispenser box.

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  • Capacity: 7.0ml
  • Graduations: 0.5, 0.5ml to 3.0ml
  • Material: LDPE
  • Length: 155mm

Karter Scientific is a registered trademark in United States of America. To maintain quality control, authorized permission is required in the resale of our products. Karter Scientific liquid handling offerings include a full selection of sterile and non-sterile Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) transfer pipettes. LDPE is non-toxic and chemically inert to biological fluids and most acids and can withstand a temperature range from -50°C to 90°C. Pipettes may be heat-sealed and frozen in liquid nitrogen for sample preservation.


 

Use for collecting refractometer samples, pH samples and more on brew day and beyond.

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “refractometer” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

You could also use these to dose out Star San for mixing 1 gallon batches.  See: Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines – you’d use the 3 mL marking, twice (total of 6 mL) to do that.

9/20/20 8:30 PM Central: These have dropped to $4.99.  That figures to just 5 cents each. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Transfer Pipette, 7.0ml Capacity, 3.0ml Graduated, Large Bulb, 155mm, 3.2ml Bulb Draw, Karter Scientific 206H3 (Pack of 100) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also Consider: Globe Scientific 139050 LDPE Extra Long Transfer Pipet, Non-Sterile, 300mm Length, 23.0mL Capacity (Box of 100) – these are about 12″ long and, depending on the fermenter and batch size, are long enough to take refractometer samples from the fermenter.

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Dual Scale Refractometer with ATC, Brix 0-32%, Gravity 1.000-1.130

Barambee Portable Brix Refractometer for Homebrew Beer Wort Wine Fruit Sugar - Dual Scale, 0-32% Brix, 1.000-1.130 Specific Gravity Hydrometer with ATC - Handheld, Accessories Included

Barambee Portable Brix Refractometer for Homebrew Beer Wort Wine Fruit Sugar – Dual Scale, 0-32% Brix, 1.000-1.130 Specific Gravity Hydrometer with ATC – Handheld, Accessories Included

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  • ✔ MULTI-USE – Ideal for homebrew, winemaking, fruit making, gardening purposes, and homemade beverages.
  • ✔ PORTABLE – Convenient to keep up and carry around. Compact size and lightweight.
  • ✔ DUAL SCALE – The Portable Brix Refractometer can measure brix between 0-32% and specific gravity between 1.000-1.130 at the same time.
  • ✔ AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION – Makes it even easier to get fast results.

 

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.

Barambee Portable Brix Refractometer for Homebrew Beer Wort Wine Fruit Sugar – Dual Scale, 0-32% Brix, 1.000-1.130 Specific Gravity Hydrometer with ATC – Handheld, Accessories Included


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Dual Scale Beer Wort and Wine Refractometer – Specific Gravity 1.-1.120 and Brix 0-32%

Lopbinte Beer Wort and Wine Refractometer, Dual Scale - Specific Gravity 1.-1.120 and Brix 0-32%, Replaces Homebrew Hydrometer (Aluminum)

Lopbinte Beer Wort and Wine Refractometer, Dual Scale – Specific Gravity 1.-1.120 and Brix 0-32%, Replaces Homebrew Hydrometer (Aluminum)

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  • Dual range refractometer measures the Brix and Specific Gravity of your Wort or wine.. Measures Brix: 0-32% and Specific Gravity: 1.-1.120
  • A refractometer is easier and more accurate than a hydrometer for measuring sugars.
  • Easy to Use
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  • Sturdy design, compact in size and light in weight, convenient to keep up and carry around.

 

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.

Lopbinte Beer Wort and Wine Refractometer, Dual Scale – Specific Gravity 1.-1.120 and Brix 0-32%, Replaces Homebrew Hydrometer (Aluminum)


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Hands on Review: Milwaukee MA871 Digital Refractometer + Great Deal

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Those floating glass bobbers seem cool when you start homebrewing. They make you feel like you’re doing something complicated and sophisticated with your test tubes and fine crafted thin-glass instrument, and have a cool name- hydrometer. Then you break it. Oh well, bound to happen eventually, right? So you buy another one, and it eventually meets its doom, too. Soon, you start to do the math on the attrition rate, and figure out how long before you’d pay for a refractometer and you make that step.


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As of this posting, Amazon has this for just $124.  In my opinion that’s a great deal for a digital refractometer.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Milwaukee MA871 Digital Sugar Refractometer with Automatic Temp Compensation, Yellow LED, 0 to 85 percent Brix, +/- 0.2 percent Accuracy, 0.1 percent Resolution – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

For comparison, MoreBeer has this refractometer on sale for $179.99.  Note this is not the exact same model and may high different specs.


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