Following their recent visit to the Misco factory in Cleveland Ohio USA, Scientific Solutions has released the MISCO hand-held Wine Refractometer in Australia and New Zealand. MISCO have released a new range of Palm Abbe handheld digital refractometers engineered specifically for the international wine industry.
The Palm Abbes provide an instant digital “field” determination of grape ripeness, grape-must concentration, grape-must density, and sugar content, as well as the potential and actual alcohol content of the finished wine. Measurements are made with a precision comparable to mid-range bench-top refractometers costing thousands of dollars more.
These wine refractometers represent the most complete line of dedicated wine testing instruments ever assembled. Special models are available with scales for various international units of measure including Refractive Index, Specific Gravity @ 20ºC, Specific Gravity @ 17.5ºC, Density (kg/L), Plato, Baume, Oechsle, Klosterneuburger Mostwaage (KMW), and the actual Sugar Content in grams per litre or in grams per kilogram. Scales are also available for measuring the Potential Alcohol of grape must and Actual Alcohol percent by volume of finished wine.
Protection against inaccurate readings due to temperature differences, a major concern in refractive index measurement, is assured with nonlinear temperature compensation specific to grape juices. Temperature compensation is automatic for fluids read between 0 and 50 °C (+32 to 122 °F).
The stainless-steel sample well requires only a couple of drops of fluid to take measurements. A simple, user-friendly interface consists of two buttons: one to take readings and the other to step through various menu options. A large, dual-line, multilingual LCD display is easily read, even in dim light.
The digital refractometer removes the subjectivity associated with analog refractometers that require users to interpret where a boundary line crosses tiny scale divisions. Calibration of the Palm Abbe is automatic and does not require special calibration solutions or tools; they automatically calibrate themselves to water.
With up to 5 scales per instrument, and at prices which just cannot be believed, these devices will be a terrific advance for winemakers, providing almost instantaneous access to data. These capabilities, once only possible in large and expensive laboratory instruments, are now available for the hand of every winemaker.
Along with PG Spectrophotometers, Scientific Solutions now has a range of instruments suitable for small to large wineries.
Scientific Solutions are instrumentation specialists with a wealth of experience in supplying solutions for research and development and industrial measurement requirements around Australia and New Zealand.