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Old 04-06-2011, 10:09 AM   #1
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Default Scored an Atago n1 refractometer on ebay!

I was on ebay looking to buy a cheap refractometer and was pricing from low to high. The first one listed was a used Atago N1 brix refractometer 0-32 brix "made in Japan" for 20 bucks and 5 dollars shipping! Just got it today and man is it nice. Very well made, heavy, with crystal clear optics. Very easy to read. I just need to get some distilled water to make sure its calibrated. I usually dont like to buy used stuff like this without a good description, but I took a chance and scored a keeper. There is no case or instructions, but it seems to be the same as all the other ones for sale.

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Old 04-06-2011, 11:06 AM   #2
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Is it ATC ?

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Dang it Tom you one step ahead of me asking the same thing I was thinking. Also if you go to the Valley Vinter web site they have a spread sheet you can use with this throughout the entire process of your wine.

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Dang it Tom you one step ahead of me asking the same thing I was thinking. Also if you go to the Valley Vinter web site they have a spread sheet you can use with this throughout the entire process of your wine.
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Non-Atc "I think"... But after some research on refractometers it seems ATC simply allows for faster readings without waiting for the temp of the test sample to equal the temp of the prism . Temp correction has more to do with the temp difference between the sample and the prism, and less to do with ambient temps. The Atago company recommends letting the test sample sit in the refractometer for at least 30 seconds before taking a reading and it will be accurate. It seems ATC is a refractometer with the prism housed in metal "kind of a heat sink" so the sample is not a different temp than the prism.
I will be using it in my cellar so temps will be pretty consistant..I will do a few tests to see if I get different redings at different ambient temps. I should be able to do this with a controle fluid "distilled water". I will post the results as I get them..

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You're right. Not too many home wine makers are going to be out in the field checking sugar in the bitter cold, unless if you're doing ice wine. Besides you might find you like it enough to buy a better one later on or even a digital one.

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This will work just fine.. I will test it ouside just to see if there is much of a difference in readings.. For what this one costs new or even used I cant afford a better one...lol

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Nice score, Chachi!!!

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Some guys have all the luck. Whenever I search Ebay for something I need, seems the real deals evade me.

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Some guys have all the luck. Whenever I search Ebay for something I need, seems the real deals evade me.
I either luck out like this or get into a bidding war. I'm smart enough to stop at a level where it's still saving over just buying it at a store. I've lost some bids where they pay well over retail price, easy to find stuff not like a rare xmas hit toy.

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