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Old 11-05-2009, 02:48 PM   #1
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Any suggestions on which scale to purchase for weighing base grains?
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:58 PM   #2
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Definitely go digital...many are about $20-30 and go to 11 lbs.
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:17 PM   #3
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Totally going digital. I bought a dial scale awhile back that was supposed to go to 20# and the thing was accurate to about .5 #'s (it didn't register after .5 #). I have seen the Escali that is accurate to 11 but northern brewer has the aws that is supposed to be accurate to 35 if my memory is correct. They are about the same price, didn't know if people had a brand preferance.
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:23 PM   #4
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I have the Escali and like it a lot for weighing hops and specialty grains, but for base grains I don't think it's a good fit.

 
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:26 PM   #5
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Wally world has a digital fish scale up to 50 lbs. Hang a bucket from the bottom zero it out and fill with grain. It's accurate to the oz and only $20.

 
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:37 PM   #6
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search ebay for postal scales. That will give you a good idea of what will suit you.

 
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:47 PM   #7
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These two sources are good:

http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/

http://www.americanweigh.com/

You may want to consider buying two scales. One large capacity and one with more precison for hops and water salts. Even though some of the large capacity scales claim to be accurate to a fraction of an ounce, they usually aren't when weighing tiny amounts. If they are, they will be on the pricey side.

 
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:51 PM   #8
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I have an Escali that I got at Amazon... LOVE IT for grain

I have an American Weigh jeweler scale that I got at Amazon... I use for measuring .1g amounts of salts to add to my water.

 
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:56 PM   #9
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I totally agree Catt! I have a great little digital that I use for hops and such now. I have been using it to weigh base grain by the 1/2#, takes forrrrrreeeeevvvvvvveeeeerrrrr on the 10 gallon batches.
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Old 11-05-2009, 05:35 PM   #10
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I just bought a 1/100 gram scale from AmericanWeigh. It can measure a single hop! (.0075 ounces) It'll measure from .001-500 grams. (or down to .0001 ounces)

http://www.americanweigh.com/product...roducts_id=586

I am going to use this for precise chemical additions and hop measurement.

I have a .1 ounce scale that goes up to 17 lbs for my grains. Got it at a food gadget store.
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