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Confectionery/Using Brix Refractometer

birdpants Mar 26, 2008 07:41 PM

Does anyone here have experience using a refractometer in candymaking? New to me and I want to make sure I get the right tool! Found something on eBay that measures up to 90% brix, but the "compensation temperature range" (whatever the *&^@! that is) is only between 10-30 degrees C. I'm wondering if this means I can only use it in substances heated to that temperature (30 C = 86 F???), in which case obviously it's not for candy... but how many other things would you measure that read up to 90% Brix???

Oh, please, HELP!

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    renov8r RE: birdpants Mar 27, 2008 10:26 AM

    I think the instrument you've found is for a fruit grower:

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      Kelli2006 RE: birdpants Mar 28, 2008 10:09 AM

      Why are you needing a refractometer for candy making? You should only need a accurate thermo' (digital is preferred) and a scale.

      The tool you are looking it is for growers to test sugar content of fruit before deciding to harvest.

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        birdpants RE: birdpants Mar 29, 2008 03:18 PM

        My understanding is that there are different sorts of refractometers are used for all kinds of things - yes, testing fruit, but they're also used for making wine, beer, and syrups. I'm focusing on jellied candies; the book I'm using as my guide, "Chocolates & Confections: formula, theory, and technique for the artisan confectioner," by Peter P. Greweling, recommends using a refractometer for making jellies because it determines the solids content so you can be consistent from batch to batch.

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          flourgirl RE: birdpants Mar 30, 2008 11:13 AM

          Might this be something like what you are looking for?


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            birdpants RE: flourgirl Apr 12, 2008 06:19 PM

            FLOURGIRL! YOU FOUND IT!!!

            Wow, thank you. I knew it had to be out there somewhere... Don't suppose you have experience using one of these?

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              flourgirl RE: birdpants Apr 13, 2008 05:44 AM

              You're very welcome. :) And no, I haven't used one, but I have been playing around with the idea of starting a web based business selling candy, etc. so I just might be ordering one of these for myself in the near future.

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                rainbotlart RE: flourgirl Jun 9, 2013 07:38 PM

                Hi Birdpants! Did you find one to use, I'm looking for the same thing. I find it amazing how people take the time to tell you that you aren't looking for the thing you specifically asked to find. :-)

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          bigdead1 RE: birdpants Apr 12, 2008 08:37 PM

          i use a refractometer almost everyday at work to test the brix of corn syrup and sucrose for ice cream production for home use the compensation temperature range is not that big of a deal to worry about it is only needed in lab use when you need to keep the constants even they use a water bath to control the temp of the len and solution being measured any hand held refactometer should be fine for candy making there easy to use

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