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Old 11-19-2009, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default How much is 1 oz of pellet hops?

I don't have a scale and since I am just beginning to brew and plan on buying 3 bulk hops (in pellets), I was wondering how I can determine how much 1oz of hops is.
Is there a general number of pellets to base this around?

Any easy way to figure this out? I wouldn't think a measuring cup would be accurate due to spacing between the pellets.

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Old 11-19-2009, 04:28 PM   #2
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Number of pellets isn't accurate, either, since they're not all the same size. I can't think of a good way around a scale.

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Old 11-19-2009, 04:29 PM   #3
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Yeah, you need a scale.

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Old 11-19-2009, 04:30 PM   #4
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you can get a decent scale at most gas stations for about 20 dollars

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Old 11-19-2009, 04:35 PM   #5
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Why not just pick up a kitchen scale? Looks like you can find them for around $30.

On the other hand, like with cooking food, sometimes it better and way more interesting if you just eyeball it. Buy a 1oz. packet of hops and pour it into your hand. Remember about how much of a handfull it is and go from there. I'm not confident enough to go this route yet, but someday.....

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Old 11-19-2009, 04:38 PM   #6
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My diet scale was $7 and has the advantage of working with pellets, whole hops and adjuncts. I even use it occasionally for weighing foods.

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Old 11-19-2009, 04:38 PM   #7
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You can pick up a diet scale at Wally world or Kmart really cheap, these kind:

http://www.mdhb.com/popup_image.php?pID=3160

They usually have a little calibration dial on them too for using with or without the plastic tray. I got the smaller type, weighs up to a pound and is pretty accurate.

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lol it looks like I'm going to have to commit to buying a scale. I'll look around for one, but maybe I'll try the comparison to buying a 1oz package.

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Old 11-19-2009, 04:41 PM   #9
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Bad Bath and Beyond has a cheap "Biggest Loser" kitchen scale for $20. There's always tons of coupons for $5 off or 20% off in the local newspaper inserts.

You can peel the "Biggest Loser" sticker right off and then it's just a nice, cheap digital scale.

Only problem I have with this thing is that it only measure to .1 ounces. Therefore, I can't accurately measure to the quarter ounce. Since I usually make hop-bombs, that's really not much of a problem for me.

If you get a portable scale at a gas station, cops might think you're dealing something...

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Old 11-19-2009, 04:46 PM   #10
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eBay. You can get a good "druggie" scale that can resolve down to the 0.1 gram or .01 oz for about $10 shipped.

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