honey refractometer recommendation question

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  1. adamant

    adamant Member

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    i see some for $75.00 and some on e bay for $20.can u recommend one?
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    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).
     

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    Iddee New Member

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    efmesch Active Member

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    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" .
     
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    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.
     
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    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%.
     
  8. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Kinda reassuring isn't it? :wink:
     
  9. blueblood

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    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...