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Old 06-25-2010, 06:35 PM   #1
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Default No Scale and I need to weigh out my hops. Help!

My digital scale has broken and I am in the middle of brew day as we speak and still need to weigh out my hops.

I was hoping someone could tell me roughly how much of cup of hops (both whole leaf and pellet) weigh in ounces, so I can have a rough idea of how much hops I'm adding.

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Old 06-25-2010, 06:37 PM   #2
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hops usually when bought come in 1 or 2 oz bags... do you remember what you bought?

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1/4 cup (the only measuring cup i could find) weighrd in at 1.2 oz for pellet hops

EDIT: I'm glad you made me do that, that's quite handy to know!!

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Good lord, well if I had to guess, I would say roughly 4oz of hops in a cup. I'm basing this on the fact that I separate my hop additions out into 1 cup tupperware containers when I brew and even the 2oz additions only fill it about halfway.

Edit: this is for pellet hops, btw.

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1/4 cup (the only measuring cup i could find) weighrd in at 1.2 oz for pellet hops

EDIT: I'm glad you made me do that, that's quite handy to know!!
Perfect! That's exactly what I needed. If anyone could do the same for whole hops I would be quite grateful.
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hops usually when bought come in 1 or 2 oz bags... do you remember what you bought?
I would just eyeball it this time around, but you could improvise a balance scale using a ruler or a dowel maybe. A nickel weighs about 5 grams. Use them as the counterweights. Suspend the dowel and hang a couple of zip lock bags from the ends with fish line or other string. You should be able to figure out the rest. This is a trick I learned in my hippie days for weighing out incense and stuff.
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Make a balance scale and use coins for reference weights.
EDIT: missed it by that much...

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Nickel and clothes hanger scale did the rest of the job.

Thanks a lot.

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I would just eyeball it this time around, but you could improvise a balance scale using a ruler or a dowel maybe. A nickel weighs about 5 grams. Use them as the counterweights. Suspend the dowel and hang a couple of zip lock bags from the ends with fish line or other string. You should be able to figure out the rest. This is a trick I learned in my hippie days for weighing out incense and stuff.
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This is a trick I learned in my hippie days for weighing out weed.
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