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Equipment and Software / hydrometer vs. refractometer readings
« on: May 13, 2014, 01:53:13 PM »
I bought a refractometer recently to make my gravity readings easier and less costly in terms of wasted beer.  I calibrated it to 1.000 using distilled water at room temperature. I also put my hydrometer in distilled water and got a reading of 1.002.  taking a sample from the same beer, my hydrometer would get a reading of 1.012, which I would read at 1.010 given it was .002 over on the calibration.  With the same beer, my refractometer would read 1.020.  How could they be that far off?  same beer, same temperature.  Thoughts?

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