What is a Refractometer?

A Refractometer is a precision optical instrument designed to measure the concentration or mixture ratio of water soluble fluids. It measures refractive index, the speed at which light passes through a liquid. The denser the liquid the slower the light will travel through it, and the higher its reading will be on the refractometer. There are four main refractometer types: Traditional Analog Refractometers, Digital Handheld Refractometers, Inline Process Control Refractometers and Refractive Index Sensors, and Desktop, Benchtop or Laboratory Refractometers.

About MISCO Refractometer

MISCO Refractometer, in business for more than 60 years, is a respected industry leader in the field of refractometry. We maintain this leadership position because refractometers are all we do - just refractometers. Refractometers are not just a catalog item or sideline business for us, they ARE our only business. That's what makes us unique.

Our strategy is simple - we are dedicated to making refractometers useful instruments that are easy for people, not just scientists, to understand and use. We do this by demystifying arcane scientific methods and offering real-world solutions for fluid measurement applications. We pride ourselves on being the information warehouse for the refractometer community.

  • Refractometer for Testing Percent NaCl, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrochloric Acid, and Sodium Sulfite.

    Very interested, yet ignorant about this technology. I need reliability in testing % NaCl in water softening applications as well as concentrations of sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, and sodium sulfite. Do I need multiple instruments? Can I get the meter to read in ppm of sodium sulfite? Can the meter(s) read in % saturation of NaCl? I am used to reading hydrometers for all but sodium sulfite, can the instruments give the same read out in % acid or caustic? I really do not understand the BRIX scale and how that will look when all I want is the strength of acid or % saturation of NaCl. Thanks,

  • Best Refractometer for Measuring High Molar Concentrations of Urea.

    Hi, I’m interested in purchasing a refractometer, but I am not sure which type is suited to my needs. I plan to use it in order to verify concentrations of Urea concentration. The temperature of the solution will be 35 degrees Celsius, and I want to use high concentrations, 6M-8M Urea. Can you please advise as to which device is best suited to my needs?

  • Temperature Compensation in Palm Abbe Digital Handheld Refractometer.

    How do Digital Handheld Refractometers from MISCO manage temperature compensation?

  • Refractometer to Measure Balling in Distillers Mash.

    Can your digital refractometer be used to determine balling (sugars) in distillers mash? The standard has been to use a balling hydrometer. Also would there be one to determine alcohol in the fermenting mash? The max is around 9% by volume.

Build Your Own Refractometer

While we pride ourselves in having one of the largest selections of refractometers available, we recognize that every user is different and that there may not be a one-size-fits-all solution to your measurement needs. Build-Your-Own Refractometer allows you to design a custom refractometer to your exact specifications. Just select the desired number of scales, choose protection options, and then add accessories to your design - truly making it your own. When you're done you can choose to print a custom quote or place the order immediately! Give it a try! Of course, call us anytime for personalized service. 866-831-1999

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New Instrument for High-Precision Measurements of Soy Milk Solids and Protein Concentration

(CLEVELAND, OH – April 22, 2013) MISCO introduces their new digital handheld Soy Milk refractometer, engineered specifically for measuring the solids and protein content of Soy Milk. The MISCO Soy… [Read More]
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New Modular Smart-Sensors Make Concentration Measurement Simple & Inexpensive

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Inline Process Refractometer, Based on New Smart-Sensor, Achieves Five-Fold Increase in Performance

(CLEVELAND, OH – April 8, 2013) The VIP2 inline process refractometer represents one of the latest advancements in smart-sensor technology. Inline refractometers have long been used to measure the… [Read More]
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New Digital-Dairy Instrument Measures Waste Milk Solids, Colostrum Quality, Dehydration, and IgG Blood Levels

(CLEVELAND, OH – April 3, 2013) MISCO introduces their new Digital-Dairy™ line of refractometers specifically designed to help dairy farmers and calf ranchers to rear healthy calves. Among the many… [Read More]

Build Your Own Refractometer

Our Build-Your-Own Refractometer section allows you to design a custom refractometer to your exact specifications. First, select the measurement scales. Next, add options and then accessories to your design. Finally, you can print a custom quote or order immediately. TRY IT NOW!

  

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