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Oechsle

Oechsle is a scale for the density (the sugar content) of the must, in order to determine the potential alcohol of the wine. The Oechsle scale is originally a German scale, developed by Ferdinand Oechsle. A liter of water is 1000 grams and is equal to 0 degrees Oechsle (° Oe). When the weight of a liter water increases due to dissolved sugars to 1080 grams, this is measured as 80 degrees Oechsle. Similar scales to display the sugar content of the must are ‘Baumé’ and ‘Brix’.

 

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