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Old 04-14-2009, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default Weight scales for AG.

Do most of you guys run one digital scale like this one for both grain and hops:

Escali Economy Digital Scale :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

Or do you get a dial grain scale like this one for your bulk grain

Grain Scale- Plastic :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

and a small scale for hops..

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Old 04-14-2009, 11:22 PM   #2
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I use that Escali scale for both.

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Old 04-14-2009, 11:51 PM   #3
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I use a digital kitchen oz/lb scale purchased at Target for about $25.

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Old 04-15-2009, 02:02 AM   #4
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The Escali is a great scale for the price.

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Old 04-15-2009, 02:47 AM   #5
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the escali weighs in lbs/oz and kg/grams. I just did my first one gallon batch, trying out a new recipe, and it was great for weighing small amounts of hops. You can weigh up to 11 pounds or as little as 1 gram.

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Old 04-15-2009, 02:54 AM   #6
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I'm using a small scale for ounces that I got for $8, and a bigger scale that goes up to 11 pounds for grain that I found at Ross for $6. They're both analog, but they do the job.

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Old 04-15-2009, 02:57 AM   #7
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I have a scale similar to the escali that was a gift. The only problem with mine is that it reads in fractions -- 1 1/8 etc.

I have seen some suggest that for weighing hops, espically high alpha hops, that a small scale with a resolution of 0.1 gm is nice plus a second scale for the larger task of weighing grain bills.

I just get by with the one.... for now.

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Old 04-15-2009, 03:19 AM   #8
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The digital scale should be fine for both grain and hops. The analog scale is inadequate for hops. There's no reason to buy two scales.
A word of warning on the digital scale. If it's like mine it measures in Kg and g, Pounds and decimal, pounds and ounces, and ounces. Last week I weighed out what I thought was 7 lbs grain, but the scale was set to ounces instead of pounds and ounces, and I ended up with 70 oz instead. Check the units before you start weighing.

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Old 04-15-2009, 01:55 PM   #9
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I use a Taylor digital scale from Target for ~$30. 11# max and 1/8 ounce or 1 g increments. I looked and don't see the exact model I have but they have several similar replacements (some from Escali).

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Old 04-15-2009, 03:03 PM   #10
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You can get the Escali from amazon for 25 shipped. However I went with a different 25$ scale that according to the specs goes to lower increments and had almost 100 5 star reviews and 0 low ratings.

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