Author Topic: Refractometer and Final Gravity Reading  (Read 5083 times)

gpribula

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Refractometer and Final Gravity Reading
« on: November 03, 2008, 08:38:57 AM »
I am thinking of purchasing a refractometer and was wondering if the program calculates final gravity readings. I know that it calculates OG and fermenting wort and that it has a finished beer ABV and OG table, but, what about that final gravity reading before kegging and bottling, does Beersmith perform this calculation. I went on-line and found a tool that does it, but, it would be nice if it was all in one program. Thanks. Love the program.

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Re: Refractometer and Final Gravity Reading
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 02:40:15 PM »
Yes, you would still use the Tools \ Refractometer Tool \ Fermenting Wort Gravity selection. 

I have been using my refract for final gravities using a long formula I entered into a calculator, and checked it twice against a very good hydrometer and it matched exactly.  Then I found the BSmith tool, which matched the refractometer, so it seemed quite accurate.   

Refractometers are great b/c the sample size is so small and easy to get that it motivates me to use it more often.  I check the progress of the mash, the pre-boil gravity, the progress of the boil toward the final gravity, and then the actual starting gravity once in the carboy before pitching.  And then once fermenting has begun, it is simple to check for terminal final gravity.  It's helped my understanding of the process quite a bit.