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Old 06-18-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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I'm looking to purchase a digital scale for weighing hops and grains, so I would ultimately like to have something that will give me measurements in .1 ounce increments (.05 would be even better). I have looked around at the stuff at the online HBS and was curious if anyone here had any experience or recommendations of something they are extremely happy with...

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Old 06-18-2009, 07:25 PM   #2
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I have an Escali scale I got for $25 at my LHBS. Goes down to .05oz. and also does lb/oz. and grams. It looks like this, only blue:

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Old 06-18-2009, 07:28 PM   #3
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I bought this scale the other week and am quite pleased.

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I got this scale from Harbor Freight for quite cheap. Works wonderfully when weighing out hops (and its cousin!!).

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Old 06-18-2009, 07:51 PM   #5
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I bought this scale the other week and am quite pleased.
I have this same scale (the Ultraship). I've been very happy with it

Edit: I just noticed on the amazon link that it doesn't include the Ac adapter. I bought mine from Ebay and it came with the adapter.
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:33 AM   #6
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These guys have about any kind of scale you could imagine:

American Weigh Scales - Digital Scales Wholesale

I would suggest getting two scales. A high capacity one for grain and a lower capacity one with more precision for hops and such. Scales that can handle 10 or 15 lbs likely won't be very accurate in the fractions of an ounce range. At least that has been my experience and the reason I have two digital scales.

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Old 06-19-2009, 04:51 AM   #7
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I've had great enjoyment in using my ProScale 600 Luxe for hops measurements.
Capacity: 600 grams
Accuracy: 0.1gram
Reads in Grams, Ounces, Grains & Pennyweight.
On ebay a "buy it now" for $13 plus $3 or $4 shipping.

For grains a 35# capacity WeightMax, weigh in 0.1oz/5g
units in kg, g, lb, and oz.
Auto off 180 seconds, power 9 volt battery or the 9VDC power cube.
Again a ebay item "buy it now" app $17 plus $5.50 shipping.
One scale alone can not do large grain measurements and be accurate enough for your hops weighs is
my opinion hence purchasing two scales.

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I have an Escali scale I got for $25 at my LHBS. Goes down to .05oz. and also does lb/oz. and grams. It looks like this, only blue:
Overall, I think I like this one. I did find this one at several online shops and I think I saw it on Ebay for $25 also. I think this one might be a good general purpose scale for grains and hops. I'm gonna go to Walmart tonight and see what they have available before I order one. I'd really like to have a scale in my hands by next Friday...
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I have one of those Escali scales in silver. My only complaint is when I'm measuring out grain, the bowl extends out over the readout and makes it hard to read. I don't know what the solution would be...maybe something like this: .American Weigh Blade-V2-400 Digital Pocket Scale 400 x 0.1g - American Weigh Scales - Digital Scales Wholesale

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I would recommend two scales. One for heavy loads (grain bill) and one for light loads like a little 16oz scale. You can get a 16 oz scale that is quite accurate at bed bath and beyond for $6, pretty killer. As for a heavy load scale its all about money and how much you want to spend. For a while I just used my scale from my closet, put a bucket on it, zeroed it, close enough. Then i got one from harbor freight, super cheap and a little more accurate. Just make sure it does .25 lb measurements, the lower the better, but you really want resolution at least to the 1/4 lb.

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