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Old 07-28-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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Default Mechanical Scale for Brewing

Here in the tropics fancy little electronic devices don't typically last very long. Predictably, my small electronic scale has died. So, next time around I want a good basic mechanical scale, which can be calibrated, and which can reasonably accurately measure small quantities for brewing (like hops) down to at least 1/4 oz scale.

Any suggestions?

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Old 07-28-2012, 07:25 PM   #2
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You mean like this http://www.itinscales.com/pbestwt.htm


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Yup, have you used this one?

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I'd suggest picking up a used 'triple beam scale', they are accurate and very very durable... a used one can be had for around $20 plus shipping.

I've actually used one of these for over 15 years and never had a single problem.
I just recently upgraded to a digital scale so people would stop asking if I was a drug dealer

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...scale&_sacat=0


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I'd suggest picking up a used 'triple beam scale', they are accurate and very very durable... a used one can be had for around $20 plus shipping.

I've actually used one of these for over 15 years and never had a single problem.
I just recently upgraded to a digital scale so people would stop asking if I was a drug dealer

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...scale&_sacat=0


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That's a fine idea! Think I just found my solution. Thanks.
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:19 PM   #6
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I just recently upgraded to a digital scale so people would stop asking if I was a drug dealer
Lol that's when I started GETTING questions about drugs...
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Yup, have you used this one?
I own one that is similar. I bought it at a garage sale for $25!
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I own one that is similar. I bought it at a garage sale for $25!
Yes, I've found several on eBay from about $45 and less. Which make/model do you have?
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Yes, I've found several on eBay from about $45 and less. Which make/model do you have?
IMO: Ohaus 700 series - triple beam.
Make sure you don't get a 'balance scale', I think those need calibrated weights.
A proper beam scale has only one platform (silver metal plate).
You might want to also check if it's metric or imperial - grams vs ounces.

How to use one of this thingies:
http://www.ohaus.com/input/tutorials/tbb/tbbentry.swf


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