MISCO Digital Handheld Refractometer

Refractometer for
Testing Honey

Easy, accurate testing of honey moisture content, dissolved solids, specific gravity, and density.

The MISCO Digital Honey Refractometer is specifically designed for state and federal inspectors, honey competition judges, and those responsible for quality testing and grading honey. Although intended for government inspectors, 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 moisture content and percent solids in honey.

The moisture content of honey is critical to its grade and overall quality. If the moisture content is too high, there is a risk of fermentation; too low and it may crystallize or granulate. The battle between fermentation and crystallization in honey production is a delicate balancing act that can hinge on just a couple percent. An accurate measurement of moisture content, using a refractometer, represents the best weapon in this battle.

Pre-Configured Refractometers for Testing Honey

Easy Order: Here are a few of the most popular refractometers scale combinations and models for testing honey. If you require different programming, you can mix and match scales through the Flexible Custom Programming section below, or call customer service for assistance:

Flexible Custom Programming Options

The MISCO Digital Refractometer can be custom-programmed with up to 5 scales to meet your exact needs. To order:

  1. Browse the refractometer scale options in the following dropdown tab and record the scale numbers you want.
  2. Go to Order Refractometer by Scale# and follow the simple instructions to create your custom programmed refractometer.
Honey

Honey % Moisture

Scale# 325
UoM: % Moisture
Range: 13 to 30
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.06

Honey % Soluble Solids

Scale# 324
UoM: % Soluble Solids
Range: 75 to 87
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.06

Honey (g/cm3)

Scale# 327
UoM: Density (g/cm3)
Range: 1.359 to 1.443
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: 0.0005

Honey Specific (D20/20)

Scale# 326
UoM: Specific Gravity (D20/20)
Range: 1.3616 to 1.4457
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: 0.0005
Related: Beer

Beer (Brix/Sucrose)

Scale# 799
UoM: Brix (Beer)
Range: 0 to 30
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Beer (Wort) (D20/20 °C)

Scale# 802
UoM: Specific Gravity (D20/20 °C)
Range: 1.000 to 1.127
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: 0.001

Beer (Wort) (D60/60 °F)

Scale# 803
UoM: Specific Gravity (D60/60 °F)
Range: 1.000 to 1.128
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: 0.001

Beer (Wort) Brewer's Points

Scale# 804
UoM: Brewer's Points
Range: 0 to 127
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.5

Beer (Wort) Dissolved Solids

Scale# 800
UoM: Dissolved Solids (Sugars)
Range: 0 to 30
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Beer (Wort) Plato

Scale# 801
UoM: Plato
Range: 0 to 30
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

BRIX

Scale# 003
UoM: BRIX
Range: 0 to 85
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

BRIX

Scale# 004
UoM: BRIX
Range: 0 to 56
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Ethanol % v/v @ 60 °F <

Scale# 680
UoM: % v/v @ 60 °F <
Range: 0 to 77
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.2 / 0.2 / 1.0

Ethanol % v/v @ 60 °F >

Scale# 684
UoM: % v/v @ 60 °F >
Range: 94 to 100
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: .25

Ethanol % v/v 20°C <

Scale# 031
UoM: % v/v @ 20 °C <
Range: 0 to 76
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.2 / 0.2 / 1.0

Ethanol % w/w <

Scale# 032
UoM: % w/w <
Range: 0 to 70
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.2 / 0.2 / 1.0

Ethanol (Beer) % v/v @ 20°C

Scale# 805
UoM: % v/v @ 20°C
Range: 0 to 30
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.2

Ethanol (Beer) % v/v @ 60°F

Scale# 807
UoM: % v/v @ 60°F
Range: 0 to 30
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.2

Ethanol (D20/20) <

Scale# 033
UoM: Specific Gravity (D20/20) <
Range: 1.000 to 0.869
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: 0.001

Ethanol (D60/60) <

Scale# 681
UoM: Specific Gravity (D60/60°F) <
Range: 1.000 to 0.871
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: .001

Ethanol (D60/60) °F >

Scale# 683
UoM: Specific Gravity (D60/60°F) >
Range: 0.794 to 0.820
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: .001

Ethanol g/cm3 >

Scale# 687
UoM: Density g/cm3 >
Range: 0.789 to 0.818
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: .001

Ethanol Proof @ 60 °F <

Scale# 682
UoM: Proof @ 60 °F <
Range: 0 to 155
Resolution: 1
Precision: .5

Ethanol Proof @ 60 °F >

Scale# 685
UoM: Proof @ 60 °F >
Range: 186 to 200
Resolution: 1
Precision: .5

Ethanol Proof 20°C <

Scale# 034
UoM: Proof @ 20 °C <
Range: 0 to 153
Resolution: 1
Precision: 0.5

Ethanol Proof 20°C >

Scale# 038
UoM: Proof @ 20 °C >
Range: 186 to 200
Resolution: 1
Precision: 0.5

Sucrose (g/cm3)

Scale# 437
UoM: Density (g/cm3)
Range: 0.998 to 1.4119
Resolution: 0.0001
Precision: .0004

Sucrose Plato

Scale# 440
UoM: Plato
Range: 0 to 30
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: .1
Related: Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup < 30 °C BRIX

Scale# 306
UoM: BRIX
Range: 0 to 85
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Maple Syrup < 86 °F BRIX

Scale# 304
UoM: BRIX
Range: 0 to 85
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Maple Syrup > 30 °C BRIX

Scale# 307
UoM: BRIX
Range: 0 to 85
Resolution: 1
Precision: 0.5

Maple Syrup > 86 °F BRIX

Scale# 305
UoM: BRIX
Range: 0 to 85
Resolution: 1
Precision: 0.5
Related: Wine

BRIX

Scale# 003
UoM: BRIX
Range: 0 to 85
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

BRIX

Scale# 004
UoM: BRIX
Range: 0 to 56
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Ethanol - Wine (D20/20)

Scale# 195
UoM: Specific Gravity (D20/20)
Range: 1.000 to 0.9640
Resolution: 0.0001
Precision: 0.00029

Ethanol % v/v @ 60 °F <

Scale# 680
UoM: % v/v @ 60 °F <
Range: 0 to 77
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.2 / 0.2 / 1.0

Ethanol % v/v @ 60 °F >

Scale# 684
UoM: % v/v @ 60 °F >
Range: 94 to 100
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: .25

Ethanol % v/v 20°C <

Scale# 031
UoM: % v/v @ 20 °C <
Range: 0 to 76
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.2 / 0.2 / 1.0

Ethanol % w/w <

Scale# 032
UoM: % w/w <
Range: 0 to 70
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.2 / 0.2 / 1.0

Ethanol (D20/20) <

Scale# 033
UoM: Specific Gravity (D20/20) <
Range: 1.000 to 0.869
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: 0.001

Ethanol (D60/60) <

Scale# 681
UoM: Specific Gravity (D60/60°F) <
Range: 1.000 to 0.871
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: .001

Ethanol (D60/60) °F >

Scale# 683
UoM: Specific Gravity (D60/60°F) >
Range: 0.794 to 0.820
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: .001

Ethanol g/cm3 >

Scale# 687
UoM: Density g/cm3 >
Range: 0.789 to 0.818
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: .001

Ethanol Proof @ 60 °F <

Scale# 682
UoM: Proof @ 60 °F <
Range: 0 to 155
Resolution: 1
Precision: .5

Ethanol Proof @ 60 °F >

Scale# 685
UoM: Proof @ 60 °F >
Range: 186 to 200
Resolution: 1
Precision: .5

Ethanol Proof 20°C <

Scale# 034
UoM: Proof @ 20 °C <
Range: 0 to 153
Resolution: 1
Precision: 0.5

Ethanol Proof 20°C >

Scale# 038
UoM: Proof @ 20 °C >
Range: 186 to 200
Resolution: 1
Precision: 0.5

Sucrose (g/cm3)

Scale# 437
UoM: Density (g/cm3)
Range: 0.998 to 1.4119
Resolution: 0.0001
Precision: .0004

Sucrose Baume (20°C)

Scale# 441
UoM: Baume (20°C)
Range: 0 to 42.5
Resolution: 0.01
Precision: .05

Sucrose Plato

Scale# 440
UoM: Plato
Range: 0 to 30
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: .1

Wine - ABV % v/v (OIV)

Scale# 194
UoM: % v/v
Range: 0 to 30
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.25

Wine (D20/20)

Scale# 122
UoM: Specific Gravity (D20/20)
Range: 1.000 to 1.130
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: 0.0005

Wine (Mass Fraction) % m/m

Scale# 196
UoM: % m/m
Range: 0 to 85
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Wine Babo

Scale# 127
UoM: Babo
Range: 0 to 25.2
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Wine Balling

Scale# 120
UoM: Balling
Range: 0 to 30
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Wine Baume (20°C)

Scale# 124
UoM: Baume (20°C)
Range: 0 to 16
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Wine Grape Must (kg/L)

Scale# 123
UoM: Grape Must Density (kg/L)
Range: 0.998 to 1.129
Resolution: 0.001
Precision: 0.0005

Wine KMW

Scale# 126
UoM: KMW
Range: 0 to 25.2
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Wine Oechsle

Scale# 125
UoM: Oechsle
Range: 0 to 129
Resolution: 1
Precision: 0.5

Wine Plato

Scale# 121
UoM: Plato
Range: 0 to 30
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Wine Potential Alcohol (% v/v)

Scale# 128
UoM: Potential Alcohol (% v/v)
Range: 0 to 18
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Wine Sugar Content g/kg

Scale# 130
UoM: Sugar Content g/kg
Range: 0 to 273
Resolution: 1
Precision: 1

Wine Sugar Content g/L

Scale# 129
UoM: Sugar Content g/L
Range: 0 to 308
Resolution: 1
Precision: 1

MISCO Refractometer for Testing Honey Moisture and Solids

From Hive to Table; MISCO Digital Honey Refractometer Provides a Sweet Solution for Measuring Honey Moisture and Solids Content

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Refractometer Platform Choices

Inline-Process Refractometer:

The above scales are also available on any MISCO inline process refractometer or concentration sensors. They are made for continuous concentration measurement of process fluids.

MISCO Handheld Digital Refractometer:

MISCO has the most extensive refractometer scale library on the planet. Don't see what you want? Browse by handheld refractometer model or by refractometer application. Or give us a call. We can help!

From our Q&A Forum

Honey (3)

We required refractometer or any other suitable equipment to measure the sucrose in honey with accuracy. Is there any authorized dealer for this product in India? Or, who should we contact to purchase the same?

If you contact customer service, they will be happy to give you the name of our distributor in India. Our Palm Abbe digital honey refractometer measures percent moisture, or total solids content, of honey. Sucrose is just one of the solids that make up the total solids content of honey. In fact there is only about 1 to 1.5% sucrose in honey. Glucose, Fructose, Maltose, other sugars, and ash make up the majority of the solids content. The specific concentration of solids in any particular batch of honey depends, to a large extent, on the flowers available to the bees. Many people make the same mistake and try to test honey with a Brix refractometer which is designed for sucrose measurement. But since the sucrose level in honey is so low, a Brix reading can be off by 3% or more compared to an actual honey refractometer. For the full scoop, download a copy of our technical bulletin, “From Hive to Table; MISCO Digital Honey Refractometer Provides a Sweet Solution for Measuring Honey Moisture Content.

Category: Honey

 Hello, I am looking for a perfect personal device for testing honey quality. I always use honey for medication. Unfortunately, I cannot note the difference between the good or bad honey. Some honey products involve high percentage of sugar and this really effects the quality of honey. So, Please let me know what the good device for testing honey.

The Palm Abbe digital refractometer is ideal for testing either the moisture content or total solids content of honey. There are three base honey models to choose from. Each of the three honey refractometers has different scale combinations. For more information on honey refractometers, search for honey or navigate to the Digital Handheld category and use the filters to view the selection of honey refractometers. A honey technical bulleting is available from MISCO customer service or from any of the honey refractometer pages.

Category: Honey

Our Palm Abbe digital honey refractometer measures percent moisture, or total solids content, of honey. Sucrose is just one of the solids that make up the total solids content of honey. In fact there is only about 1 to 1.5% sucrose in honey. Glucose, Fructose, Maltose, other sugars, and ash make up the majority of the solids content.

The specific concentration of solids in any particular batch of honey depends, to a large extent, on the flowers available to the bees. Many people make the same mistake and try to test honey with a Brix refractometer which is designed for sucrose measurement. But since the sucrose level in honey is so low, a Brix reading can be off by 3% or more compared to an actual honey refractometer. For the full scoop, download a copy of our technical bulletin, “From Hive to Table; MISCO Digital Honey Refractometer Provides a Sweet Solution for Measuring Honey Moisture Content.”

Category: Honey