Didn't see any threads on this, and since I can't post on the thread on coffeed.com, I thought I would start one here.

I do a lot of manual brew at home, multiple methods, and actually have been scraping by with a postal scale from Walmart. However, I want something more specifically geared to what I am doing. So I saw this one online:

http://bit.ly/bt31dm

...and realized that I had seen one very like it on Nick Cho's video on brewing with the v60, or something. (Incidentally, I thought it was extremely funny....and I am guessing that it was Nick's)

What do you use? Do you recommend it? Why or why not?

I generally aim for multipurpose tools, as space and finances are limited, so it has to weigh beans, water, the baby, .....ok, kidding about the baby.

Posting links in your comments would be oh so helpful, too!

Thanks!

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Brady said:


Dennis McQuoid said:
Brady, how are you brewing coffee that the scale needs to remain on through the entire brew?


Brady said:
Here's a couple of useful links:

This is a pretty useful digital scale review site with good info on specific models, manufacturers, calibration info.

I have two scales that I use - one for brewing and one for espresso. The one I use for brewing is a nice Salter baker's kitchen scale. We bought it from King Arthur Flour, and I like it for its extremely long auto-shutoff time. For brewing you need at least 1 gram resolution and it needs to stay on for the 5 minutes or so that a brew will take to complete. Looks like they have one that is less expensive as well.

My espresso scale is a pocket My Weight gram scale from Right On Scales. Its really only useful for espresso, but has the .1g resolution that I need for espresso work.

I've been happy with Right On, and hear really good feedback on Old Will Knot too.

Hope this helps.

I brew pourover on a scale. No pouring kettle yet, so I just pour direct from my teakettle. I was pouring the hot water into a pyrex measuring cup for a while, but you lose so much heat that way. Once I was reminded that 1mL water = 1 gram I switched and haven't looked back.

I guess it doesn't need to stay on through the whole drip-out, so technically it only needs to stay on for 3 minutes or so. I just like having the extra margin of error, in case I forgot something and have to spend 45 seconds looking for it.

Or I could just pony up for a fancy kettle and weigh water into that...



Andy Atkinson said:
My favorite place to buy gram scales... the local head shop. Where there's one head shop there's usually more, that means huge selection in one area. The scales are usually cheap and accurate (they probably assume you need accuracy and they will be confiscated regularly). Seriously, head shop. That and Target has a few that work well for brewing on.

Brilliant!

To be really punctual only 1l of cold water weights 1000grams. When using water that is over 90 degrees celsius (as one usually does with coffee), the weight of a litre is more like 940 grams.

If you look at the old brewing charts, there was a mistake made that has now been corrected with the temperatures.
Yes...

That's a great idea.

I just sent a text to my son to pick me up a gram scale.

His response...

"I always figured this whole coffee thing was just a front."


Andy Atkinson said:
My favorite place to buy gram scales... the local head shop. Where there's one head shop there's usually more, that means huge selection in one area. The scales are usually cheap and accurate (they probably assume you need accuracy and they will be confiscated regularly). Seriously, head shop. That and Target has a few that work well for brewing on.
i payed $13 for a pocket scale with shipping, let me see if I can find it online, its quite nice!

http://www.scalesgalore.com/ppocket.htm
Well the humongous Escali M-63 didn't work out too well after all. I ended up going back to the el cheapo Admetior digital spoon scale after just one day. Small size and .1 gram resolution are a must!
I lucked out and found a Salter Digital gram scale at Ross for $10.

Actually, I've found quite a few great deals at Ross.

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