Great to have you here, shotta!Subbed up graytail. That jamaican looks tasty.
They're not vague ranges....just sample the same way every time. Multiple Shmultiple! Take your first reading and be done with it. If your plants are uber healthy, with all the waxy shine and bright green resinous buds, and YOUR readings are 12....no problem. When you have a 10, you'll see the difference.Thanks for sharing your procedure, Doc!
You should try the multiple readings sometime - I'd like to know what you get. I'm not sure how to interpret the rise in brix level as I recrush the wad each time. On the one hand, more cells are being ruptured each time, but they also include fluid, so why are earlier crushes reading lower? If I thoroughly masticated a wad in a mortar and pestle, and then crushed the whole soggy mess, would that be a "more accurate" reading? I even wondered at first if it was time dependant, because I was testing the plants in series, so the second reading would be 20 minutes later - maybe the wad "cured". But no, even when I test one wad 5 times in a row, the last reading will be as much as 60% higher. I've gotten a reading as high as 25.
This disturbs me because, after all, it's called high brix, and if the refractometer readings are just vague ranges, that makes fine-tuning foliar methods a bit more difficult, and makes the actual brix number less important.