Process Refractometers for Brewing Beer

Process Refractometers for Brewing Beer

Inline process refractometers are used in breweries to measure the sugar content, or degree of fermentation, of beer during the brewing process. This information is used to control and optimize the fermentation process, which directly impacts the final quality of the beer.

The inline process refractometer is installed directly into the process flow, typically on the beer wort line, before or after the fermentation tank. As the beer wort or beer flows through the refractometer, a small amount is extracted and directed through the instrument's measurement cell. Inside the cell, a beam of light is passed through the liquid and the refraction of the light is measured.

The refraction of light is directly proportional to the sugar content of the liquid. The refractometer then calculates the sugar content and displays the results in Brix, Plato, or specific gravity units. The reading is then used to monitor the fermentation process, and make adjustments as needed.

By using an inline process refractometer, breweries can ensure consistent sugar content and fermentation, which leads to consistent beer quality. This can help to reduce the number of off-flavor batches, improve overall efficiency, and increase profitability.

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