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Old 05-26-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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So, now that I'm working off of a 55 lb bag of grain, I realize just how tedious it is using a 1 lb kitchen scale, or bathroom scale with youself plus empty bowl as a tare weight. It begs the question: what do you folks who buy grain in bulk use or do for a grain scale.


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Old 05-26-2008, 03:52 PM   #2
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Try http://www.northernbrewer.com/scales.html.
The 11 lb capacity is enough for most grains, and the 0.1 oz resolution is accurate enough for hops.
I have one with 11 lb capacity, but the same shape as the 44 lb one. It came with an AC adapter which I much prefer to batteries.
It's worth looking on line, as you can occasionally get some really good deals.

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Old 05-26-2008, 04:04 PM   #3
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Here's an eBayer who always has a bunch of auctions on scales. Because he has so many active listings, you're almost guaranteed to win an auction at its starting bid of about $1, and shipping is about $15. I bought the 50 lb model, and it appears to be accurate to +/- .2 oz. I'll use that one for grain, and I'll use the smaller one I already own for hops (accurate to +/- 1 gram).

http://stores.ebay.com/Just-Pounds-and-Ounces
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Old 05-26-2008, 05:24 PM   #4
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+1 on the ebay scales Yuri mentioned. I bought one, for .96 cents. Yea the shipping was a bit steap, but after all said and done, less than 20.00 and it was here in a week. Works perfect and is a nice size. Well worth it. Welllllllll worth it.

 
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Old 05-26-2008, 06:25 PM   #5
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I also bought one of the ebay scales. The purchase price was cheap, but shipping was expensive. Still came out cheaper than any other place I could find it online or locally.

I also use a small digital kitchen scale to weigh out my hops since it has finer resolution at that quantity

 
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Old 05-26-2008, 06:28 PM   #6
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FYI, you're not really paying $15 for shipping. It's just an eBay tactic to keep listing costs to a minimum as well as make the item look more attractive at a glance. The seller doesn't expect the auction to draw much bidding action, he just wraps some of the product cost into the shipping figure. I'm pretty sure eBay frowns upon that sort of thing, but I can't argue with a $16 scale that works well.
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Old 05-26-2008, 10:53 PM   #7
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Thanks for the heads-up Yuri, I just bought one as well. About $17 shipped. It's got to be easier than using my kitchen scale (which maxes out at 5lb) and more accurate than my bathroom scale.

 
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:45 PM   #8
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If you are near a rural area, you can check out feed and animal supply stores. You should be able to find a hanging grain scale much like this:
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Got mine for ~$15 and weighs up to 50lbs. For hops and smaller grain additions, I use a digital postal scale i got at walmart. 3lb capacity with 0.1oz resolution, and a gram feature.... Works for everything I want to do.
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:16 AM   #9
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Here's an eBayer who always has a bunch of auctions on scales. Because he has so many active listings, you're almost guaranteed to win an auction at its starting bid of about $1, and shipping is about $15. I bought the 50 lb model, and it appears to be accurate to +/- .2 oz. I'll use that one for grain, and I'll use the smaller one I already own for hops (accurate to +/- 1 gram).

http://stores.ebay.com/Just-Pounds-and-Ounces

Thanks for the lead. Just bought one.

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Old 05-27-2008, 01:22 AM   #10
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I tried to buy one, someone outbid me lol. I'll get one sometime.

Edit: Got the next one. 35lb scale on the way to me.




 
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