Author Topic: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?  (Read 2699 times)

Offline beerrat

  • Assistant Brewer
  • ***
  • Posts: 174
    • View Profile
Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« on: August 06, 2010, 05:40:15 PM »
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.

Offline hopaddicted

  • Assistant Brewer
  • ***
  • Posts: 126
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2010, 06:57:32 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.
Primary: Lambic
Secondary: Oktoberfest, German Pilsner, Double IPA,
In Bottles: Lucknow IPA clone, Rough Rider Brown Ale clone,
John Harvard Imperial Stout clone, Hoppy Amber, Witch's Brew (Habanero and Smoked Corn Small Ale), Porter, Dunkleweizen, Dry Stout, Irish Red Ale, American Maple Wheat Ale, Black Wit, Belgian style Wit, Belgian Golden Strong Ale
Kegged: IPA, Saison, Hoppy Brown Ale

Offline dhacker

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 684
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2010, 07:13:50 PM »
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://www.amazon.com/ULTRASHIP-55-DIGITAL-SHIPPING-KITCHEN/dp/B000FSWB9K
« Last Edit: August 06, 2010, 07:16:56 PM by dhacker »
Just brew it...

Offline Thirsty_Monk

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1842
  • Eau Claire WI
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2010, 08:22:52 PM »
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://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://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
Na Zdravie

On Tap At The TapRoom:
Bohemian Pilsner
Bohemian Dark Lager
Smoked Bock
MaiBock
American Brown Ale
Marzen
Root beer

Offline wingnut

  • Assistant Brewer
  • ***
  • Posts: 236
  • Plainwell MI
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2010, 08:45:03 PM »
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.

-- Wingnut - Cheers!

Offline richardt

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1227
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2010, 09:34:15 PM »
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

Offline euge

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 7223
  • Estilo Casero
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2010, 10:36:28 PM »
For most of the grain this is used:



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...

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. -Richard P. Feynman

Offline stadelman

  • Cellarman
  • **
  • Posts: 39
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2010, 08:39:28 AM »
+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://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://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

Offline jptheelder

  • Cellarman
  • **
  • Posts: 53
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2010, 03:06:05 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.

Offline jeffy

  • Brewmaster General
  • *******
  • Posts: 2444
  • Tampa, Fl
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2011, 10:55:48 AM »
This is the scale I use for weighing grain, but I have a small digital one for hops and salts.
Jeff Gladish, Tampa (989.3, 175.1 Apparent Rennarian)
Homebrewing since 1990
AHA member since 1991, now a lifetime member
BJCP judge since 1995

Offline punatic

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 4582
  • Puna District, Hawaii Island (UTC -10)
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2011, 12:33:18 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.   ;)

« Last Edit: April 10, 2011, 02:13:58 PM by punatic »
There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.


AHA Life Member #33907

Offline jeffy

  • Brewmaster General
  • *******
  • Posts: 2444
  • Tampa, Fl
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2011, 12:39:00 PM »
That's the same one I have for hops and salts.
Jeff Gladish, Tampa (989.3, 175.1 Apparent Rennarian)
Homebrewing since 1990
AHA member since 1991, now a lifetime member
BJCP judge since 1995

Offline maxieboy

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1155
  • Mid MI
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2011, 12:39:16 PM »
That's the one I used for everything up til I got the 55 lbers. Now it's for hops and salts.
A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes." Gene Hill

[47.7, 310.8] AR

AHA Member

Offline bluesman

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 8678
  • Delaware
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2011, 12:47:29 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.   ;)



+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.
Ron Price

Offline tonyp

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 563
  • If it ain't broke you aren't trying hard enough...
    • View Profile
Re: Any home-brew weighing scale recommendations?
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2011, 01:17:19 PM »
another +1 for the escali

Live from the Jersey Shore!

Bottled:
Grandpa Louie's Cream Ale
Eagle Point Pale Ale


Phrases for Creatives, #22:
"I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter."