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bodger

Refractometer for alcohol testing?

This a bit of a long shot, but does anyone know about refractometers? I need one to test the alcohol level of my cider.
I know what they do but now have to decide which model to get.

There's the second on the list from Vigo at 135.00 plus vat

http://www.vigoltd.com/alcohol-testing.php

or a whole host of cheaper pieces of equipment on Google.

http://www.google.co.uk/#q=alcoho...489390682&biw=953&bih=433

I really don't know enough about this bit of kit to be able to decide. I know I'd like to pay as little as possible but what ever I choose has to be suitable to do the job.

Help
Gareth

I bought one from ebay for about 20 or 25  just over 4 years ago and  checked against a hydrometer and maths reading it is accurate. The only thing you need to remember is keep it clean and calibrate it against distilled water everytime you use ... takes no more than 30 seconds to do, and then every so often check the calibration against a few drops of vodka with a known SG which is printed on the bottle.
bodger

Gareth

Oh! and sight it against natural light rather than low energy bulbs or fluorescent tubes so that you can see the fluid line easier and clearer.
Gareth

This the one I have got ..... and it is a lot cheaper now than when I bought mine back in 2008.  


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wine-Gr...-0-40-Brix-0-25-VOL-/260781991814
bodger

I've managed to get the Vigo model for 70 without vat and including carriage.

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