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Re: Brix

Obviously I'm no help, but it does give me an opportunity to complain. I found a site that had a nice table of 2 column headings: %Brix and RI. Lots of space on the page to expand RI, list what it stands for. I clicked on "Technical Glossary" but the term wasn't there.

A system of measurement, given in degrees, of the amount of sugar present in grape juice. Similar systems are used in different countries, eg. the Balling, Baumi and Oechsle scales, all providing sugar content measurements that can be used to approximate the final alcohol content of wine being produced.

Brix Refractometers display readings on the BRIX scale. Brix is a unit of measure which is related to the sugar (sucrose) content of a sugar solution. When testing industrial fluids or non-sugar solutions, you can create a calibration table or graph for comparing the Brix scale readings to the actual known concentrations or properties of your fluids.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2006 6:43 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Brix

Anybody know about brix? Like, brix is measured in "degrees"; how does this associate with "percent," if it does? And, are there established benchmarks published somewhere--so one can compare apples and oranges? I'm getting a refractometer [the organic guys say you can determine the fertilizer needs of plants by measuring the brix of leaf sap], so it would likely be more interesting if I knew what I was doing.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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