brix measured by hydrometer


What is Brix?

Degrees Brix is the relative density scale used to denote the amount of sugar present in an aqueous solution at a known temperature. Adolf Brix, an Austrian scientist, invented a device to measure the sugar contained in a solution called the hydrometer. For example, 1˚Bx denotes that for 100 g of solution there is 1 g of sugar. In the food industry, ˚Bx is traditionally used in winemaking, sugar and honey processing, and fruit juice applications. Corresponding directly to the refractive index scale,˚Bx is the most common refractrometer scale used to show the amount of solids dissolved in an aqueous solution. 1˚Bx equals 1%. In winemaking, the alcohol concentration of the final wine is estimated to equal roughly 0.55 times the ˚Bx of the grape juice.  In fruit processing, the higher the brix value the more sweet the fruit.