From Hive to Table; MISCO Digital Honey Refractometer Provides a Sweet Solution for Measuring Honey Moisture Content…
Although designed specifically for state and federal inspectors responsible for the measurement and grading of honey, the MISCO Digital Honey Refractometer is equally beneficial to professional beekeepers, honey producers, honey mixers, honey brokers, or anyone requiring the absolute most accurate, repeatable readings of honey moisture content.
The Palm Abbe Honey Refractometer currently defines the highest level of development in the field of honey measurement. It far exceeds the requirements for honey refractometers used in the grading and inspection of honey by the USFDA, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Simply place a drop or two of honey in the stainless steel measuring well, close the cover to prevent the absorption of moisture, and then press the button to receive an instant, accurate reading of honey moisture content.
The magic behind the precision of the MISCO Digital Honey Refractometer is a result of the Palm Abbe OPTICAL-ENGINE®. This Optical-Engine combines high-precision optics with a linear detector array containing 1,024 elements, more than seven times the elements of the leading competitor. This detector array allows the MISCO Honey Refractometer repeatably measure to better than +/-0.1% honey moisture content.
Since honey is comprised of a mixture of mostly fructose, glucose, and water, readings on the MISCO Digitial Honey Refractometer are automatically temperature compensated using a special compensation specific to honey. This differs from other refractometers which use “sucrose” temperature compensation, instead of honey compensation. Refractometers using sucrose compensation will have a slight error at 25°C (77°F) and even more error as the temperature increases. Instruments without temperature compensation can be off by more than 3% (see our free guide for details).
The MISCO Honey Refractometer features a precision-machined stainless steel sample well with a cover that helps prevent further absorption of water. At the bottom of the sample well, a sapphire prism, the next hardest substance to diamond, provides a virtually uncratchable measurement surface.
The user-interface of the Digital Honey Refractometer consists of two buttons and is both intuitive and easy to learn. A large two-line backlit 24-character LCD display provides the user with an indication of the unit of measure (percent honey moisture) and the actual measurement value. Full text prompts, various menu options, and error messages are also displayed.
If this were not enough, up to five scales of your choice may be programmed into the PA203 for a truly custom honey refractometer. Scales are available that read in Baume, moisture %, dissolved solids, honey specific gravity, and honey density. You can even mix and match other scales for other applications, like Wine, Brix, or Maple Syrup.
Although the Palm Abbe will calibrate to water alone, an optional calibration solution has been specifically prepared for the MISCO Honey Refractometer with a value of 18.6% Moisture, to help insure the most accurate calibration in the this critical area of the scale.