Small Scales - 0.1 vs 0.01 gram resolution - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Small Scales - 0.1 vs 0.01 gram resolution

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-25-2012, 08:53 PM   #1
thadius856
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
thadius856's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
Marysville
Posts: 2,273
Liked 719 Times on 262 Posts



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?


__________________
Was this post helpful? Don't forget to click 'Like'!

Thadius Miller, Project Manager -> RaspberryPints

Before you build a keezer, look at this!
Chest Freezer Spec Sheets and Layout Drawings (15 models and counting)

htownbrown Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2012, 09:04 PM   #2
kaconga
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
Rathdrum, Idaho
Posts: 989
Liked 147 Times on 111 Posts


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.



thadius856 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2012, 09:08 PM   #3
Effingbeer
Recipes 
 
Oct 2011
Posts: 246
Liked 24 Times on 19 Posts


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.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2012, 09:11 PM   #4
thadius856
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
thadius856's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
Marysville
Posts: 2,273
Liked 719 Times on 262 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by kaconga View Post
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...
__________________
Was this post helpful? Don't forget to click 'Like'!

Thadius Miller, Project Manager -> RaspberryPints

Before you build a keezer, look at this!
Chest Freezer Spec Sheets and Layout Drawings (15 models and counting)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2012, 09:12 PM   #5
thadius856
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
thadius856's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
Marysville
Posts: 2,273
Liked 719 Times on 262 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Effingbeer View Post
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?
__________________
Was this post helpful? Don't forget to click 'Like'!

Thadius Miller, Project Manager -> RaspberryPints

Before you build a keezer, look at this!
Chest Freezer Spec Sheets and Layout Drawings (15 models and counting)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2012, 03:02 AM   #6
Effingbeer
Recipes 
 
Oct 2011
Posts: 246
Liked 24 Times on 19 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by thadius856

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!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2012, 03:27 AM   #7
thadius856
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
thadius856's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
Marysville
Posts: 2,273
Liked 719 Times on 262 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Effingbeer View Post
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.
__________________
Was this post helpful? Don't forget to click 'Like'!

Thadius Miller, Project Manager -> RaspberryPints

Before you build a keezer, look at this!
Chest Freezer Spec Sheets and Layout Drawings (15 models and counting)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2012, 12:39 PM   #8
Effingbeer
Recipes 
 
Oct 2011
Posts: 246
Liked 24 Times on 19 Posts


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.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2012, 01:13 PM   #9
jwalker1140
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Glendale, CA
Posts: 571
Liked 54 Times on 41 Posts


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.

thadius856 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2012, 06:34 PM   #10
thadius856
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
thadius856's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2012
Marysville
Posts: 2,273
Liked 719 Times on 262 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Effingbeer View Post
No pressure, just a little sarcastic observation. Lots of "ifs and maybes " in your reference to AG.
Noted.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jwalker1140 View Post
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!


__________________
Was this post helpful? Don't forget to click 'Like'!

Thadius Miller, Project Manager -> RaspberryPints

Before you build a keezer, look at this!
Chest Freezer Spec Sheets and Layout Drawings (15 models and counting)

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
C02 cartridges for keg charger (8 gram vs 16 gram) SmokingTony Bottling/Kegging 0 12-19-2012 03:13 AM
C02 cartridges for keg charger (8 gram vs 12 gram) SmokingTony Bottling/Kegging 0 12-19-2012 03:12 AM
How do you measure LESS than a gram? The Pol Equipment/Sanitation 8 02-21-2008 07:04 PM
12 gram co2 cartridges jimwright Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 08-31-2006 01:28 AM


Forum Jump