How do you make a Brix solution?
What does 20 Brix mean?
50% (w/v) Glucose solution
Why is Brix important?
Multiply the increase of brix desired (6, from the example given above) by the number of gallons to be adjusted (6 brix x 5 gal=30). As 0.125 pounds of sugar raises 1 gallon 10 brix, multiply this (30) by . 125. That number will equal the pounds of sugar to add to the entire batch of must (or crushed grapes) or juice.
A refractometer determines degrees Brix by measuring the refraction of light passing through a liquid sample. Liquids containing sugar are denser than water and cause greater refraction as light passes through. The instrument compares this to the refraction of light through water and provides a Brix value.
How do you calculate Brix sugar syrup?
First weigh your required amount of sucrose (say 20 g) to prepare 20 degree Brix solution. then tare a flask to zero add 20 g sucrose (99 % pure) and top up with water till it turns 100 g. Let the solute dissolve for 48 hr before making any reading.