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  1. #1
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    I posted this in Equipment/Hardware and no replies yet, thought I would try here.


    I have a hand held ATC refractometer and was wondering if someone may know the best place to get calibration fluid for the instrument.

    The scale reads from 12%-27% so I am not able to use distilled water for calibration.

    I've seen ads on E-Bay from Instrument Supply Distributors for small vials of fluid but they seem a little pricey .... wonder if there is something else that can be used for accurate calibration checks in the range above.
    To everything there is a season....

  2. #2
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    A very carefully prepared mix of sugar and water
    could be used here, but it might be easier to
    either buy some fluid, or calibrate against another
    beekeeper (or better yet, a honey judge) at the
    next bee meeting.

    BeeSource is "open" 24 x 7 x 365, but nothing beats
    membership in a local bee organization.

    The fluid is mostly glycerol, but I have no idea what else
    is mixed in, I'd guess water.

  3. #3
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    Thanks Jim,

    Guess I'll just order some fluid and check my instrument against a judge at one of the fairs this summer.

    The frugal side of me was hoping that there may be some common household product that could be used for calibration [img]smile.gif[/img]

    Thanks for your reply
    To everything there is a season....

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