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Old 12-25-2012, 08:53 PM   #1
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Default Small Scales - 0.1 vs 0.01 gram resolution

Tried searching, but almost every scale thread I can find revolves around scales for all-grain measuring, and don't talk too much about the needed resolution. I'm looking for a scale to be used primary for weighing sugar, hops, and for the wife to scale down large cooking recipes. If I go AG eventually, I'd buy a separate scale.

I found the American Weigh BL-1KG-BLK (max 1000g, 0.1g increments) at Amazon for $9.49 shipped. Looks good to me. Very similar to the American Weight blade scale (max 600g, 0.1g increments) sold at More Beer, but at less than 1/3rd the price.

Alternatively, I can get the American Weigh BL2-100-BLK (max 100g, 0.01g increments) for $14.29.

I'm going to get the first one because the 100g limit on the second seems limiting (1 cup of granulated sugar is 189g). However, I may still buy the second one for fine measuring.

Has anybody here ever found the need for 0.01g resolution on a brewing scale?


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My scale has 1 gram resolution and I find that adequate for all hop measurements. I think .01 would be a bit overkill unless you are brewing extremely small batches.


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I got mine for less than $20 at a local shop that sells bulk tobacco. It weighs up to 5 pounds in imperial or metric. Resolution to the nearest 1 gram should be accurate enough for any brewer. Plus if you go AG, no need to get another scale.
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My scale has 1 gram resolution and I find that adequate for all hop measurements. I think .01 would be a bit overkill unless you are brewing extremely small batches.
Thanks! That's great news.

I noticed 1oz = 28.35 grams, so a scale with resolution of 0.1 grams reports changes as small as 1/284th of an out. Makes sense.

I have a sneaking suspicion I know why the 0.01 resolution scale exists...
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I got mine for less than $20 at a local shop that sells bulk tobacco. It weighs up to 5 pounds in imperial or metric. Resolution to the nearest 1 gram should be accurate enough for any brewer. Plus if you go AG, no need to get another scale.
This one holds 2.2 lb, so in a pinch, I could just measure twice. Again, don't plan to AG, but who does?
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This one holds 2.2 lb, so in a pinch, I could just measure twice. Again, don't plan to AG, but who does?
Sounds like you need to go to Home Depot to get a cooler!
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Sounds like you need to go to Home Depot to get a cooler!
Skipping a few steps.

Started with a brew kit, then some partial boil extracts, then hopefully gear up for full boil, then skip straight to kegging.

AG, maybe never.
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No pressure, just a little sarcastic observation. Lots of "ifs and maybes " in your reference to AG. Seriously tho, kegging was the best thing to happen to me since starting this hobby. Bottling sucks. And I still do extract sometimes even though I have a 15g AG system.
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I have both. I bought the 0.01 scale for winemaking but I do like to use it for weighing hops and salts for water adjustments. For these purposes, the 0.1 scale would probably be just fine though. And the 0.1 is the scale I use for weighing priming sugar.
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No pressure, just a little sarcastic observation. Lots of "ifs and maybes " in your reference to AG.
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I have both. I bought the 0.01 scale for winemaking but I do like to use it for weighing hops and salts for water adjustments. For these purposes, the 0.1 scale would probably be just fine though. And the 0.1 is the scale I use for weighing priming sugar.
Awesome. Thanks!


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