The German mechanic, goldsmith and inventor Christian Ferdinand Oechsle (1774-1852) was an inventive universal genius. He founded a mechanical workshop in Pforzheim in 1810 and produced weighbridges, musical instruments and physical and hydraulic equipment for laboratories and universities. In 1820 he was appointed Grand Ducal Gold Controller. His countless inventions include, for example, a safe oxyhydrogen blower for soldering and the "life cycle" (a precursor to the cinematograph). He also ran an alcohol distillery. In the 1820s Oechsle began with his son with the development of Mostwaagen (spindles) graduated.
Although such devices have been available in various designs for over 250 years, Oechsle was the first to develop a practically applicable graduation on the spindles and manufacture these devices in series from the 1830s. His knowledge or claim was that by determining the Most weight (Measurement of sugar content in must) it should be possible to better foresee the development of the wine to be cultivated. The named after him unit of measurement "Oe" (Oechsle) is today in Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg in common. See also below Babo. Balling. Baume and Brix,