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What's your take on refractometers?

I use my refractometer for runnings and pre boil but my hydrometer for checking the sample from the CFC before I add the yeast and also after two weeks of fermentation.

I only use pre boil

Sounds like kind of a pricey investment if this is the only time you use it.

I just finally picked one up, and have used it on a couple of brews now. I’m using both the refractometer and the hydrometer each step of the way, so as to develop a solid correlation curve, based on information and a spreadsheet created by Sean Terrill, and to study for my self the benefits and limitations of both instruments. Science!

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