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Old 02-18-2005, 10:11 PM   #1
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New Refractometer - Questions

I bought a portable refrac. and got it today. I was wondering if I could calibrate it using regular spring drinking water like aquafina?

Don't want to go out and get distilled tonight. Alas I will wait if need be....

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I would recommend waiting for the distilled. Good tasting water usually has some minerals in it, as distilled or demineralized water tends to taste "flat" or "stale".

If you had a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit, you could get fairly close with RO water, but it still wouldn't be as accurate as distilled.
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Distilled...don't bother with the spring water...it's basically well water and the calibration won't be accurate.
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Mine came calibrated already. I have tested with RO water and never have had to re-calibrate.
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