1/8 ounce scale good enough? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > 1/8 ounce scale good enough?
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-10-2009, 03:40 PM   #1
Aleforge
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Wentzville, Missouri
Posts: 1,231
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts



Do you guys think a scale that reads in 1/8 ounce increments is good enough for weighing out home brew ingredients? It goes up to 6lbs.

Thanks


__________________
PRIMARY - Irish Red
PRIMARY - Apple Bee Cider
PRIMARY - Dunkelweizen
PRIMARY - Orange Blossom Mead

"A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes." -- Mahatma Gandhi

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2009, 03:50 PM   #2
Reverend JC
2500 gallons year to date
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Reverend JC's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
Your Mom's
Posts: 1,877
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Yeah. It is good enough, but if you could change it to grams that would be helpful too.


__________________
"Just because i don't care dosen't mean I don't understand." -Homer Simpson


http://www.modernmonks.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2009, 03:54 PM   #3
Hokie
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Arlington, VA
Posts: 174
Liked 6 Times on 4 Posts


The only ingredient I can think of that would require even the slightest bit of precision in weighing would be hops. I don't think there are really any recipes that would require an increment finer than a 1/4 of an ounce...if so, the recipe developer is pretty anal retentive and needs to focus on more important things in life IMHO...haha.
Even with a high alpha acids hop addition at 90 minutes, the difference in even an 1/8 of an ounce would be ever so slight...a few IBUs perhaps.
Point is...1/8 of an ounce should be just fine. I know my electronic scale has served me very well and it does not go any smaller in increments less than 1/8.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2009, 05:08 PM   #4
ajwillys
Recipes 
 
May 2008
Holly Springs, NC
Posts: 1,285
Liked 26 Times on 24 Posts


Yeah, 1/8 is good. I like it to be one increment larger than you plan on measuring to overcome any rounding it might be doing. For instance, it says 1/4 because its just barely not enough to get to a 1/2. With that 3/8 in the middle, it lets me sleep better at night.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2009, 06:46 PM   #5
944play
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 2,725
Liked 46 Times on 41 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Hokie View Post
Even with a high alpha acids hop addition at 90 minutes, the difference in even an 1/8 of an ounce would be ever so slight...a few IBUs perhaps.
I have a small-batch recipe that calls for 0.4oz of 16.3%AA. That provides 43 IBUs. An eighth of an ounce off would be 12 IBUs!

I use a .01x100gm scale for hops and salt additions. A scale that goes up to 6lbs would definitely be good for grain though.
__________________
OD: ?
Pri:-
Keg: Simple AIPA (2-row, Chinook, Cascade, WLP090)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2009, 07:34 PM   #6
ajwillys
Recipes 
 
May 2008
Holly Springs, NC
Posts: 1,285
Liked 26 Times on 24 Posts




Yeah, I'm really leery of adding small amounts of high alpha hops for bittering additions. Variables such as hops age/storage, stem content, etc... really start to come into play when you are talking about small amounts of potent hops.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2009, 08:23 PM   #7
Hokie
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Arlington, VA
Posts: 174
Liked 6 Times on 4 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by 944play View Post
I have a small-batch recipe that calls for 0.4oz of 16.3%AA. That provides 43 IBUs. An eighth of an ounce off would be 12 IBUs!

I use a .01x100gm scale for hops and salt additions. A scale that goes up to 6lbs would definitely be good for grain though.
Yeesh, no room for error there. I gotta say that is probably a rare circumstance.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2009, 08:44 PM   #8
BrewBeemer
Recipes 
 
Feb 2006
small island paradise, the lost atoll
Posts: 3,505
Liked 23 Times on 23 Posts


I would go with two scales, one for weighing your grains like a Weight Max scale. Maximum of 35 pounds down to 0.1 oz then add a ProScale 600 Luxe, maximum capacity of 600 grams down to 0.1grams. Total investment on both scales only $36 on Ebay. The low price far out weighs the hassle with not getting the right weight of your measurements, make the brew day easy for me. JMO as it's another tool to make brewing easy for me.


__________________
Bier Jagdwaffe... Bier 30 zeit.....~~=o&o>..........

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How many cones in an ounce? SkiGladys Hops Growing 5 08-31-2009 03:12 AM
should i add another ounce of cascade Righlander Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 05-31-2008 03:35 AM
So I need a good digital measuring scale brrman All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 19 05-10-2008 03:07 PM
Good online calculator to scale recipe down..? beergears Recipes/Ingredients 1 02-08-2008 01:51 PM
Should I scale down boil time when I scale down a recipe? rjester Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 06-28-2007 11:34 PM


Forum Jump