Sugar cane (Saccharum Officinarum) is a type of tall grass that is fertile in alluvial or red soil, and is popular for cultivation worldwide for the production of sugar.
% Brix of Sugarcane
Among the various analytical methods required in cane sugar production, analysis of Brix percentage of sugarcane juice is one of the most important parameters.
Using a Refractometer for Sugar Analysis
Typically, Brix is determined by refractive index. When dissolved solids such as sugar increase, the refractive index increases. This allows us to use refractometers to measure a variety of different compounds. Refractometers work particularly well on sugarcane since virtually all of the dissolved solids in the juice are sucrose.
All refractometers work by determining the refractive index of the sample. We can then convert the refractive index using calculations or scales. Digital refractometers do this conversion for you, and give a simple Using a digital refractometer is easy and just involves a few simple steps:
- Place deionized or distilled water on the sample well. You'll only need about 100 uL for full coverage of the prism.
- Press the Zero button.
- Remove the water from the prism.
- Place your sample on the sample well.
- Take the refractometer reading.
- Clean the prism and repeat for any other measurements
Hanna Tip: If you're measuring samples that are very hot or very cold, allow time for the internal temperature sensor in the meter to stabilize for an accurate reading.
The low sample size and ease of use makes these meters ideal for using a refractometer on the production line. The whole process from zeroing to measurement takes just a few seconds.
Hanna Helps Measure Sugar Content
As a leader in innovation Hanna Instruments developed the HALO Wireless pH Meter, which uses Bluetooth Smart Technology to connect to Apple and Android devices running the Hanna Lab App.
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