The eMaple Digital Maple Syrup Refractometer can be used at the tree tap or tank for testing maple sap, for pre-processing monitoring of reverse osmosis, in the sugar shack to determine when to draw from the boiler, or during testing and bottling.
The measurement of sugar content in maple sap or maple syrup is not just a matter of convenience; it is also essential for controlling syrup taste, product quality, and for legal purposes. The principal unit of measure the maple syrup producer is interested in is degrees Brix. Brix is a measure of the percentage of sucrose, by weight, dissolved in a sucrose/water solution. In maple sap and maple syrup, 98% or more of the dissolved solids are sucrose, so the Brix scale is very applicable to maple syrup measurement.