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Any suggestion on scales?
« on: April 18, 2012, 03:00:53 PM »
I'm planning to use the "Pliny the Toddler" recipe from Zymurgy. But the recipe calls for .75 of a few of the hops (per six gallon recipe). I'm thinking about delaying and purchasing a food scale.

Any suggestions for someone on a "new home and wedding planning" budget?
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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2012, 03:19:19 PM »
Got this for Christmas and LOVE IT!

Escali Alimento 6 kg (13 lb.) Scale

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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2012, 03:35:02 PM »
For hops and the like I use a Blade Scale from MoreBeer. (The hops for Toddler were weighed out on it)

For grain I use a variant of this WeighMax scale (also 75lbs capable)
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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2012, 04:06:01 PM »
I have this escali, so far its been great.
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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2012, 04:46:42 PM »
I have this escali, so far its been great.

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I have the same model, no problems here either
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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2012, 07:28:47 PM »
I have this one for hops and salts
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0026KXU7W/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1334802098&sr=8-1
Tested with a friend's calibration weights and it's accurate.

The scale I got for grain only weighs up to 11lbs. It's from Polder and was about $18 at Costco.

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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2012, 07:52:41 PM »
Thanks for the help. Good options all around.
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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2012, 08:57:28 PM »
Have purchased several scales from this company. Very happy with the My Weight products.
I have a larger one for pounds and a small one for grams. They are used hard in the kitchen
and the brew area and perform well.

http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/buy-my-weigh-scales.html
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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2012, 09:15:15 PM »
I have this one for hops and salts
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0026KXU7W/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1334802098&sr=8-1
Tested with a friend's calibration weights and it's accurate.

The scale I got for grain only weighs up to 11lbs. It's from Polder and was about $18 at Costco.

I have the same Costco scale. Works great. You can even switch between ounce and grams. My Escali scale broke after like 6 months.

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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2012, 04:27:19 AM »
A bunch of folks on here bought this one awhile ago:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FSWB9K/ref=oh_details_o01_s01_i00

I like it for weighing out grain but use a smaller food scale that I've had for years for hops.
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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2012, 06:00:24 AM »
I saw a digital one in staples for about $30.  Measured ounces up to a few pounds I think, but it had 2 decimal places. 
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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2012, 06:06:28 AM »
If you're just interested in weighing hops at a few ounces. look at the cheap battery operated scales sold on eBay in the $10 or less range. I bought one a few years ago and checked the calibration with some platform scale weights and it is extremely accurate.

It only measures up to 500 grams, so it's of no use for grain.

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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2012, 07:00:22 AM »
A bunch of folks on here bought this one awhile ago:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FSWB9K/ref=oh_details_o01_s01_i00

I like it for weighing out grain but use a smaller food scale that I've had for years for hops.

I bought this one and it works pretty well.  It isn't accurate enough to weigh small amounts of salts.   I used it to weigh my grain container ( vittle vault ) emtpy, and then use it to weigh the container with grains, subtract the empty weight and I know what I have left.  Up to 55 lbs is a big plus and the retactable readout too.
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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2012, 07:05:22 AM »
I have this one for hops and salts
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0026KXU7W/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1334802098&sr=8-1
Tested with a friend's calibration weights and it's accurate.

Definitely going to snag one of these. My current scale only goes down to the whole gram. I'd like something a bit more accurate since I'm doing more half-batches with high AA% hops. The difference between 4.5g and 5.4g of Chinook or Simcoe has the potential to be an appreciable difference in a 2.5 gallon batch.
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Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2012, 07:19:17 AM »
I have this one for hops and salts
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0026KXU7W/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1334802098&sr=8-1
Tested with a friend's calibration weights and it's accurate.

Definitely going to snag one of these. My current scale only goes down to the whole gram. I'd like something a bit more accurate since I'm doing more half-batches with high AA% hops. The difference between 4.5g and 5.4g of Chinook or Simcoe has the potential to be an appreciable difference in a 2.5 gallon batch.

You'll need to get a 500g calibration weight if you want to calibrate it.  Before calibration it was off by 0.1g. I didn't know this and bought a 50g weight, but a friend of mine had a full set that included 500.

My only complaint (and it really is just nit-picking) is when measuring salts I tend to take a long time to get it right and it shuts off after several minutes to save battery. To prevent this now I turn it off/on in between salts.

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