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Hanna Instruments HI 96811 Digital Brix Refractometer for Professional Wine Analysis

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Specifications for this item
Brand Name Hanna Instruments
Part Number HI 96811
Number of Items 1
Inside Depth 19.2  inches
Measurement Type Refractive index , Brix , Temperature
UNSPSC Code 41115312

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Product Features

  • Calibrated using a few drops of distilled or deionized water
  • Sugar content can be measured utilizing only two metric drops of sample liquid
  • Results displayed within several seconds
  • Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC) eliminates need for extra calculations
  • Waterproof and operates using a single 9V battery

Product Details

User Manual [394kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 50 x 50 x 50 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B002NX0WHS
  • Item model number: HI96811
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,340 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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Product Description

The HI 96811 Digital Refractometer is a portable meter measuring the refractive index of samples in order to display sugar content, displaying results within seconds.

To take a reading, the sample well must be calibrated with distilled or deionized water, followed by a few drops of the sample liquid. A dual-level LCD screen displays the measurement and temperature within several seconds. The HI 96811 converts the refractive index of the sample to sucrose concentration in units of percent by weight (%Brix, also referred to as degrees Brix).

The single 9V battery operated device has Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC), and automatically powers off after three minutes of non-use. The HI 96811 has a range of 0 to 50 %Brix/0 to 80 degrees C (32 to 176 degrees F) with accuracy + or - 0.2 %Brix / + or - 0.3 degrees C (+ or -0.5 degrees F) and a resolution of 0.1 %Brix/0.1 degrees C (0.1 degrees F). It’s dimensions are 19.2(W) x 10.2(D) x 6.7(H) cm, with a mass of 420 g.

Hanna manufactures additional refractometers which measure sugar content in units such as degrees Baumé, degrees Oechsle, degrees KMW (utilized in the Austrian, German, and Swiss winemaking industries) and measure percent alcohol.

Refractometers measure refractive index, which is the optical characteristic of a substance and the number of dissolved particles in it. Refractive index is the ratio of the speed of light in empty space to the speed of light in the substance. Refractometers are often used in the beverage making process to determine sugar content.

Hanna Instruments manufactures a wide variety of analytical instrumentation, including pH meters, multi-parameter meters, electrodes, chemical reagents, and buffer solutions. Founded in 1978, Hanna is headquartered in Woonsocket, RI, with subsidiaries in 32 countries. Hanna Instruments holds many firsts in the field of analytical instrumentation, including a pH electrode with a built-in temperature sensor, an electronic pocket-sized pH tester, and a replaceable electrode pH pocket tester. To ensure the quality of its products, Hanna is a vertically integrated manufacturer and does not subcontract any part of its manufacturing.

What’s in the Box?

  • 9V battery
  • Instructions

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Gainsboro on January 26, 2011
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With the broad spectrum of refractometers, this one falls comfortably in the middle. The lower-end optical products are harder to use, and less accurate. The much higher end products are all digital and can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars. For most consumers, gardeners, and even small-scale professional wine and beer enthusiasts this product works great and is a perfect balance of price and quality.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Workman on March 25, 2010
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Great device. I really appreciate taking the guesswork or observers bias out the measurements normally obtained from eyeball-driven refractomers. Unit is simple, easy to calibrate, and extremely repeatable. Clear digital display, easy to clean, sturdy piece of equipment.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By appdog on July 12, 2010
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Hanna Instruments HI 96811 Brix Refractometer 0-50% works well. I am using it for my vegetable garden determining the nutritional value of my food. This instrument helps me defined which practices in the garden are working better than others.

The machine was simple to use and clean. It came with good instructions as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian on May 16, 2011
With the use of an on-line Brix to SG converter, this tool is critical to my home brewing operation. It's accurate scientific equipment that's rugged and easy to use. No messing around here. It's the best. Lose the hydrometer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clinton C. Jones on September 21, 2013
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This instrument couldn't be easier to use. We throw it in a vehicle, go vineyard to vineyard and get the information we need.

The good:The instrument is super easy to read, and takes user error out of the equation. Something important to us as many people can be doing the sampling.

The bad: The instrument came out of the box with the little rubber foot pads falling/already fallen off. A little super glue fixed it.
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I bought this to replace the cheap 30 brix max refractometer I use for checking the starting and final gravities when making beer and wine. For most purposes 30 brix was enough, it was NOT enough when I went to make a 5 gallon batch of sweet mead with 18lb of honey. Luckily this unit was available and goes to 50%

So far this unit works exactly as it should. Before using it each time you should do a basic calibration using reverse osmosis pure water. It just takes a drop of it for the calibration and then you should be set.

Only takes a drop of the liquid you're measuring the sugar content of as well. Very quick and easy. Clean up is as simple as wiping a damp cloth followed by a clean lint free cloth over the sensor.

If you're making wine or beer, this is totally the unit to get. It'll give you a SG reading reliably and quickly without having to waste 8-32 oz of product. It'll also give you a FG reading (without the waste), which with a bit of easily found math (google for 'refractometer calculator alcohol') can be used for generating a fairly reliable alcohol content rating.
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By Barbara Deja on December 4, 2014
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Appears to be a little off. On three loads of grapes at approx. 24 tons each, brix averaged 15.19 on this scale while at the processing plant all loads were a solid 15.3 . However very easy to use
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