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Old 06-30-2009, 07:29 PM   #1
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I'm trying to figure out how to measure 1/5th of 1/4 tsp. I think I'm going to have to buy a new scale, my scale only measures in grams.

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Old 06-30-2009, 07:36 PM   #2
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Pretty tough to measure volume with a scale, so I can see your dilemma.

1/5 and 1/4 teaspoons are such tiny amounts, depending on what ingredient it is you could probably just eyeball it. I have a measuring spoon set that has a 1/4tsp measure though, so I'm sure you can find them if you look around (though not 1/5tsp I'm sure).

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1/5th of a 1/4 tsp? 5 grains...

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Teaspoons are volume and grams are mass. Plus, if you have a scale that measures to 1 gram accurately, that is equivalent to about 1/28th of an ounce. That's pretty small.

Is what you are measuring liquid? One drop of H2O is about 0.05 ml. There are about 5 ml in a tsp. That would mean you are looking for about 1/4 of a ml. So, about 4-6 drops should get you there.

What are you measuring in that small of an increment? Are you trying to work out olllllllo's one bottle brew?

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1/5th of a 1/4 tsp? 5 grains...
thats about what I was thinking but thats pretty tough to do. I'm trying to measure a fermaid k addition for a 1 gallon mead recipe I'm working on. I think I'm gonna need less than a gram
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Accurate milligram scales can start to get pricy.
So if the amount is not absolutely critical. You could measure out your 1/4 tsp. Dump it out on a flat surface. The easy way would be take a razor blade and divide it in half, than take each half and divide that in half again. That gets you ballpark 1/4 of 1/4tsp. You could achieve the same result measuring 1/8tsp and then dumping it and dividing it in half. Is the amount of nutrient that critical, or can the yeasties benefit from a bit extra?

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I think that might be the best way to go.

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