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Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by adamant, Sep 5, 2012.
i see some for $75.00 and some on e bay for $20.can u recommend one?
Iddee likes the one from Blue Sky and says it's as good as any other. They advertise on the forum too.
I would trust his judgement.
I have one but I paid a lot more (digital).
If you get it from Bluesky, tell them where you heard about it.
I went with Iddee recommendations and glad I did. Very nice and easy to do.
After I bought mine (the cheapest I could find) for about $50 over the internet, I discovered that I could have bought the exact same model for $20 more if I had wanted a "Brand name" .
At a State bee meeting, we had a session comparing refractometers. A cheap (under $40) Ebay-purchased unit performed in many ways better than a $300 unit that a long-time honey judge owned. The cheap one was much lighter, easier to calibrate, easier to read the results.
I received my refractometer today. It is a "Grandindex" Brix/Honey Refractometer RHB-92ATC model. I only paid $26.45 for it. Easy to use and works great. The directions call for the operator to calibrate this model with dioptric oil which is as difficult as obtaining plutonium. I used extra
virgin olive oil which should read a brix of 71.0-71.8 or 26.5% water. It was easier to adjust the water % which I only had to adjust by .05.
My light thick honey from mid-summer tested 15.5% and my thinner darker honey from late summer/early fall tested 17-17.5%. So, with +/-1 on any of these numbers makes me happy between 15 and 18.5%.
Kinda reassuring isn't it? :wink:
Yes! I have been sitting on some honey for a few weeks now. I have a bunch of folks wanting some. Now I can start distributing...