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09-22-2012, 10:53 PM   #1
PrestigeWorldwide
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My dog chewed up my digital scale that i used to weigh out my grain. Can you measure grain by volume?

09-22-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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kind of. I find that two cups of grain is about .9 lbs or so, give or take. If I fill the cup up so its heaping, its about 1 lb. its not perfect, but it may get you through in a pinch.
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09-23-2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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According to Wiki (take that fwiw), Malted Barley is 34lbs per 8 gallons (1 bushel).

So if your recipe calls for 10lbs of base grain, you would want 10/34 of 8 gallons or 2.35 gallons.

You could then use the percentages of your grain bill to calculate your specialty grains. 16 cups per gallon.

have fun with that

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09-23-2012, 11:46 AM   #4
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Slightly more than than 1 lb equals 1 quart .......... 1.06 lb = 1 qt

09-23-2012, 01:25 PM   #5
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have you got a bathroom scale?

Fill a grocery bag with 10 scoops from a measuring cup.. Stand on the scale and subtract your weight from the total of you and the grain. You can then get a rough approximation of weight per volume.

09-23-2012, 02:16 PM   #6
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I measured it out once and two row was slightly less than a quart per pound. Just sort of eyeballed it and always got close enough.

09-23-2012, 02:35 PM   #7
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I always measure my base malt by volume, because all I have is a blade scale. A tiny bit more than three cups is one pound, which conveniently works out to a heaping scoop with my Pyrex cup measure. This method has me hitting my OG perfectly for the last ten or so batches of beer.
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09-23-2012, 02:59 PM   #8
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Thats good information, all I have is a bathroom scale and it is not accurate, it always shows more than whats's on it :^)
STAT said...
" I measured it out once and two row was slightly less than a quart per pound. Just sort of eyeballed it and always got close enough."

09-23-2012, 03:06 PM   #9
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I have a tupperware pitcher, and it holds 3 pounds, when filled to the tippy top. It says "10 cups" right there.

Also, a completely full sour cream/cottage cheese container (the 16 oz size, I think, the one most people seem to have), holds one pound of grain, when completely full.

I hope that helps. If not, I can run to the basement and weigh a cup if you need me to!
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09-24-2012, 04:32 AM   #10
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My 33oz Maxwell House coffee container holds almost exactly 3lbs of grain. That works better for 2-row than it does for black patent.
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