Science for Stoners

This section is for those of us who aren't content merely following instructions.  For those who want to know how it all works, sit back, take the plunge, and enjoy!

The significant truth that brings soil fertility into control of the composition of our food, and therefore our health, comes out of the facts that in soils under construction by the limited climatic forces, or those with a wide calcium-potassium ratio, proteinaceous and mineral-rich crops and foods as well as carbonaceous ones are possible, and that in soils under destruction by excessive climate forces, or those with a narrow calcium-potassium ratio, protein production is not so common while production mainly of carbohydrates by crops is almost universal.

 - Dr. William Albrecht


What is High Brix?

The strictly technical answer is that Brix is a measurement of how much light bends, or 'refracts' as it passes through plant sap. What causes light to bend?

  1. The amount of carbohydrates in the plant sap.
  2. The amount of dissolved minerals in the sap.
  3. The amount of covalent bonding.

In other words:  The more nutrients and sugars present in the plant sap, the higher the Brix reading and the more Nutrient-Dense that crop is. High Brix = Nutrient Density. Simple as that. The cool part is we can measure this any time we wish with a Refractometer