One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hydrometer scale for measuring the amount of sugar in a solution at a given temperature.
- ‘Today the Brix scale is in actual use, but the terms Balling and Brix often are used interchangeably.’
- ‘Temperature compensated refractometers having Brix scales for determining percent sugar levels are convenient for such testing.’
- ‘The Brix scale is used almost exclusively for measuring sugar content.’
- ‘The Brix scale on the hydrometer stem is normally calibrated at a temperature of 20°C.’
- ‘If you have a grape juice that reads 24 on the Brix scale, that means that the juice is made up of 24% sugar by weight.’
Late 19th century: the name of A. F. W. Brix (1798–1890), German scientist.
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