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Title: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: beerrat on August 07, 2010, 12:40:15 AM
Bought a cheap scale a few years back and is lacking in the < 1 oz and gram range accuracy - recommendations?

What I have is ok for base grains, but not for fine tuning smaller additions - especially when I do 2-3gal experimental batches.
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: hopaddicted on August 07, 2010, 01:57:32 AM
I use an OXO Food Scale, has worked well for me. It measures in 1/8 oz increments, which I felt left a little too much of a variable in spice additions, but converting over to metric has resolved that concern, as the scale does go down to 1 gm increments.

Pricewise, I think it runs around $40 at Walmart or Target. It is easy to clean, you can zero out your container or baggy, and the display pulls off of the base for larger containers. It only measures up to five pounds, but for 5G batches I think it is a great choice.
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: dhacker on August 07, 2010, 02:13:50 AM
A lot of brewers (including myself) bought the Ultraship 55 a couple of years ago. Quite a bargain, and it'll do what you want . . Pounds, ounces, grams . . . Mine works perfectly.

(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/74/85/e92992c008a0fe5302c0a010.L.jpg)

http://www.amazon.com/ULTRASHIP-55-DIGITAL-SHIPPING-KITCHEN/dp/B000FSWB9K
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on August 07, 2010, 03:22:52 AM
A lot of brewers (including myself) bought the Ultraship 55 a couple of years ago. Quite a bargain, and it'll do what you want . . Pounds, ounces, grams . . . Mine works perfectly.

(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/74/85/e92992c008a0fe5302c0a010.L.jpg)

http://www.amazon.com/ULTRASHIP-55-DIGITAL-SHIPPING-KITCHEN/dp/B000FSWB9K

That is a great find.
For hops, water salts or gelatine I use this one:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41KegUjKHHL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

http://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-AMW-100-Precision-Calibration/dp/B001ODPFXE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1281151121&sr=1-2
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: wingnut on August 07, 2010, 03:45:03 AM
Check out Harbor Freight. 

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result/?category=&q=scale

I bought the pocket scale for 8.99 on sale (12.99 presently) and that is the scale I use on brew day.  For measuring grain, I purchased was an Escali scale, but I have seen much more cost effective ones since then at harbor freight.

Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: richardt on August 07, 2010, 04:34:15 AM
I bought 2 scales online (Amazon or eBay).  Prices can't be beat, IMO.

Escali model P115C for the heavier stuff (grains)

FastWeigh M-500 Digital Pocket Scale

Both are reliable and take up practically no space in storage
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: euge on August 07, 2010, 05:36:28 AM
For most of the grain this is used:

(http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/5/5/3/7/9/3/webimg/95667726_o.jpg)

http://cgi.ebay.com/110lb-Hanging-Kitchen-Scale-Meat-Produce-Kilo-lbs-/370408369408?pt=Small_Kitchen_Appliances_US (http://cgi.ebay.com/110lb-Hanging-Kitchen-Scale-Meat-Produce-Kilo-lbs-/370408369408?pt=Small_Kitchen_Appliances_US)

Then a random cheap 6# digital jobbie from Walmart. Has a resolution of 2 grams. Don't get that one. Fine for most kitchen stuff but bad for precise weighing.

Get a postage-scale like the other poster's have suggested.

I don't see why a bathroom scale wouldn't work for many batches. Easy to use and a bucket can rest on it while you weigh out that 25# of grain...

Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: stadelman on August 09, 2010, 03:39:28 PM
+1

I use the ultraship 55 and it works great and it was a great deal.

I use a similar scale for hops and salt additions.  Something with a 1/10th of a gram accuracy.

A lot of brewers (including myself) bought the Ultraship 55 a couple of years ago. Quite a bargain, and it'll do what you want . . Pounds, ounces, grams . . . Mine works perfectly.

(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/74/85/e92992c008a0fe5302c0a010.L.jpg)

http://www.amazon.com/ULTRASHIP-55-DIGITAL-SHIPPING-KITCHEN/dp/B000FSWB9K

That is a great find.
For hops, water salts or gelatine I use this one:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41KegUjKHHL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

http://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-AMW-100-Precision-Calibration/dp/B001ODPFXE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1281151121&sr=1-2
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: jptheelder on August 09, 2010, 10:06:05 PM
Harbhor freight has a great small one that I use for small precise additions like hops or spices. I bought a bigger one on e-bay of like $50 that is great for grains.
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: jeffy on April 10, 2011, 05:55:48 PM
This is the scale I use for weighing grain, but I have a small digital one for hops and salts.
(http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab318/jeffyspictures/IMG_1203.jpg)
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: punatic on April 10, 2011, 07:33:18 PM
Escali Primo
Highly recommendable
easy clean - rugged
metric - english switchable
5000 g - 11 lb capacity
0.1 oz - 1 g increments
accurate and precise
push button tare
two AA batteries

$25 everywhere

I have access to numerous lab scales and balances, but I use my wife's Escali for brewing, meadmaking, ... etc.   ;)

(http://www.kitchenscalesnow.com/files/2246240/uploaded/Escali%20Primo%20Digital%20Multifunctional%20Scale%20Metallic.jpg)
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: jeffy on April 10, 2011, 07:39:00 PM
That's the same one I have for hops and salts.
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: maxieboy on April 10, 2011, 07:39:16 PM
That's the one I used for everything up til I got the 55 lbers. Now it's for hops and salts.
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: bluesman on April 10, 2011, 07:47:29 PM
Escali Primo
Highly recommendable
easy clean - rugged
metric - english switchable
5000 g - 11 lb capacity
0.1 oz - 1 g increments
accurate and precise
push button tare
two AA batteries

$25 everywhere

I have access to numerous lab scales and balances, but I use my wife's Escali for brewing, meadmaking, ... etc.   ;)

(http://www.scalesetc.com/images/Chrome-Escali-Primo.jpg)

+1

This ^^^^ is the one I use for weighing my grain and it is very reliable and easy to use.

Now for weighing my hops I use a triple beam.
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: tonyp on April 10, 2011, 08:17:19 PM
another +1 for the escali

Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: denny on April 11, 2011, 03:44:03 PM
another +1 for the escali



I use t hat one for hops and use a postal scale for grain.
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: Bret on April 12, 2011, 09:45:48 PM
I use an OXO Food Scale, has worked well for me. It measures in 1/8 oz increments, which I felt left a little too much of a variable in spice additions, but converting over to metric has resolved that concern, as the scale does go down to 1 gm increments.

Pricewise, I think it runs around $40 at Walmart or Target. It is easy to clean, you can zero out your container or baggy, and the display pulls off of the base for larger containers. It only measures up to five pounds, but for 5G batches I think it is a great choice.
Me too.  Does double duty for wifey's weight watching duties.
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: sadyrong on May 17, 2017, 07:41:04 AM
Check out Harbor Freight. 

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result/?category=&q=scale

I bought the pocket scale for 8.99 on sale (12.99 presently) and that is the scale I use on brew day.  For measuring grain, I purchased was an Escali scale, but I have seen much more cost effective ones since then at harbor freight.
Wow, this pocket kitchen scale (https://www.etekcity.com/productcate/115/list) is good and cheap. I love it.
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: DeeGood888 on February 21, 2018, 10:16:17 AM
Check this manufacturer (https://tacunasystems.com/zc/scales), my company co-works with them and we usually order balance and dial scales there,their products never let us down. They also offer a lot of different measurement tools, including those for home brewing.
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: mabrungard on February 21, 2018, 01:25:36 PM
While a scale with resolution of 1 gram is good enough for most all homebrewing duties, I find that having 0.1 gram resolution is needed when dealing with water salts and acids. I've been using a triple beam Ohaus with 0.1g resolution for almost 20 years. It doesn't have a large capacity, so I bought an electronic luggage scale for grain measurement. I checked its accuracy and found it to be a half percent off (0.05 lb in 10 lbs), good enough for me.
Title: Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
Post by: denny on February 21, 2018, 05:43:15 PM
I use a reloading scale for small amounts.  Accurate to 1/15 of a gram, pretty inexpensive.