Author Topic: Refactometer  (Read 2589 times)

Online Wort-H.O.G.

  • I spend way too much time on the AHA forum
  • ********
  • Posts: 2856
  • Ride Hard, Brew Hard, Drink Hard, Repeat....
    • View Profile
    • Harvey's Brewhaus
Re: Refactometer
« Reply #30 on: February 15, 2013, 09:26:58 AM »
I must say that IME, refractometer is great for the mash- assuming you calibrate it with your hydrometer.

Beyond that, i just use it as a quick and easy point of reference to where my beer is at or where my starter is at. No two readings are them same with fermented wort, and haven't found any refractometer spreadsheet or calculator that provides the same adjusted gravity reading.
Ken- Chagrin Falls, OH

On Tap/bottled:  Ferm / Conditioning:
Vienna GPA             German Pils
Robust Porter                                                  
Summer Wheat
German Pils
Apple Cherry Cider
O'Fest (x2)
Munich Dunkel
UK PA-challngr

VienDarina Lager

Offline denny

  • Administrator
  • Retired with too much time on my hands
  • *****
  • Posts: 14401
  • Noti OR [1991.4, 287.6deg] AR
    • View Profile
    • Dennybrew
« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2013, 09:42:21 AM »
My difference was always exceptional - like 8 points off or so. And I use the conversion as well. Not sure why it never worked for me.

Lately my refractometer has been giving me screwy reading on pre fermentation readings as well so I just use my hydrometer now for everything.

Same here.  I have 2 refractometers and they read different from each other and both are different than my hydrometer.  I've gone back to hydrometer for everything.

this may sound dumb, but you aren't looking at it through your glasses are you?  I've compared at least 3-4 refractos to mine (at club brews and such) and they've always been close, usually off due to calibration.

Both with and without, makes no difference.
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum. - Alewyfe