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Old 09-17-2009, 04:27 PM   #1
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I was hoping someone could recommend a good and affordable digital scale. Something that would be easy to find. I need to weigh my hops. Thanks in advance.

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I use the Escali Primo and i think a couple others on here do too.

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I appreciate the input. I just picked up something from Wal Mart. I looked around the local stores for the Escali Primo but no one had it. You had to order it. I needed something asap to get my weight so i can get a brew done this weekend. But as soon as this one craps out I will be sure to go with the Escali. Thanks again

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I bought one of the walmart scales and it was crap. Got one from bed bath and beyond for $40. Made by Cuisinart(sp). Awesome scale, though it shows fractions instead of decimals, to 1/8 oz.

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What was the problem with the wal mart one? I may just take it back. I cant even remember the brand. But it was $20 and weighs up to 11lbs.

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Look around amazon for a Blade Scale...I found one there for like $12. The great thing is that it's accurate enough to measure stuff like spices and brewing salts/minerals. The drawback is that you can't use it to weigh grain. I have the blade and the OXO kitchen scale (11 lb capacity)...because most scales that have the capacity to weigh a bunch of grain usually aren't terribly accurate, and the scales that are accurate typically can't weigh a bunch of grain.

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What was the problem with the wal mart one? I may just take it back. I cant even remember the brand. But it was $20 and weighs up to 11lbs.
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It only weighed to tenths of an ounce. So measuring 0.75oz is tricky. I'm very anal when it comes to numbers.

That was reason enough for me to return it.
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I use a gram accurate scale that will fit a 16oz plastic cup on top so I can weigh both pellet and leaf hops in 1-2oz increments. I also use that for 1-10 gram brewing salts.

On the grain side, I use a medium scale that can handle 32 pounds at a time. The only thing I hate about mine is that using an ale pail covers the display so I have to balance it on top of a 1 gallon bucket.

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I reallu appreciate all the input. Eventhough the wal mart scale seems to be pretty accurate, I am going to return it and just order one. I will have to put off my brew until next weekend. Oh well.

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I would go ahead and use it for this weekend! Unless you NEED to measure out .05 ounces of hops, it will be accurate enough to do your brew. I mean, if you are SURE you will hit X gravity, and Y volumes, then you MIGHT need to worry about .05 ounces, but chances are , you will not be that close, or the recipe will not be that unforgiving.

Those small numbers are usually only a problem if you KNOW what you are goign to get for wort, and if you are brewing either a very small batch, or brewing a very hop-light beer.

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