Category Archives: Scales

Hands On: Ultraship 55 lb Digital Scale [Grain] With Removable Face

UltraShip 55 lb. Digital Postal Shipping Reviewthe Ultra-55 with 150 grams of calibration weights

I’ve used the Ultraship Ultra-55 as a grain scale for years and years.  Since April of 2009.

The UltraShip 55 features… A large 55 lb/25 kg capacity.  Tare, hold and auto off features.  Removable face for weighing oversize objects (buckets of grain).  Can be powered by C batteries of via an optional AC Adapter.

One my favorite features of this scale is the removable front face.  That allows you to weigh larger items and still easily see the display.  The tare feature is also important.

Front face disengaged

10 lb bag of grain

This picture shows a 10 lb bag of Maris Otter.  It shows 10 lbs 5 and 1/2 ounces.  I don’t believe that reading is inaccurate.  The bag itself weighs a little bit and I’m sure the distributor puts a little extra in there to ensure we’re getting our moneys worth.

This picture shows the scale weighing the same bag, this time inside of a 5 gallon bucket that has been subtracted from the total weight using this scale’s tare feature.  The tare feature allows out to zero out the scale with receiving vessel, in this case a bucket, on it.  This effectively subtracts the weight of the container.  Notice the identical weight reading.  This scale is consistent.

The scale weighing 28 grams (around 1 ounce) of calibration weights.  Having used this scale for years, I knew that it was a great scale, but I will say that in doing the work for this post, I was surprised by it’s accuracy with smaller weights.  I still recommend an accurate gram scale for hops and especially water salts, but this scale certain turns in a respectable nearest gram performance and could be used for hops if it was your only scale.

img_orderThis is a great scale that I have used for years.  I can heartily recommend it to you if you for use as a grain scale.

UltraShip 55 lb. Digital Postal Shipping & Kitchen Scale

This scale is also available in both 35 and 75 lb versions…

My Weigh UltraShip 35 Lb Electronic Scale | Ultraship 75 Lb Electronic Digital Shipping Postal Kitchen Scale

Related: UltraShip Owners Manual & Troubleshooting Guide from MyWeigh

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Ozeri Pro Digital Scale, 12 Lb Capacity

Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 12 lbs Capacity, in Stylish Black

Ozeri Pro Digital Scale from, you guessed it… Ozeri.

The manufacturer claims this is the most precise digital scale in it’s class.  12 lb capacity.  Weighs in pounds, kilogram, grams and ounces.  Oversized buttons, large LCD screen.  3 minute auto shut off.  Batteries included.  Tare Feature (very important in HBF’s book) – allows you to subtract the net weight of the container you’re using to get a true weight of contents.  Lightweight and easy to store.

With 1 gram resolution and a 12 lb capacity this would work well for hops all the way up to all grain.  If you’ve got a little more money to spend, consider a two scale solution.  A gram scale – with resolution to .01 grams – for hops, small amounts of specialty grains and water salts and larger capacity grain scale (with removable face for easily weighing a bucket)

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Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 12 lbs Capacity, in Stylish Black

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Hands On: American Weigh 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale

Here’s a Hands On Look at American Weigh’s Model AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale.  The scale has 1/100th gram resolution making it great for accurately weighing hops, small amounts of specialty grains and water salts.  It has a 100 gram (3.52 ounce) capacity.

cln_img_6812The front of the box.  Reads: Hundredth of a gram accuracy (0.01 g), 100g Maximum Capacity, Flip-Open Protective Cover, Includes two AAA, 10 Year Warranty.

AWS-100 Side of the box.  Reads: Capacity 100 g, Readability .01g, Power Two AAA, Platform Size 2.5 x 3″, Auto Off 60 Seconds No Activity.

AWS-100Front of the scale when closed.  The protective cover is a nice feature.  You don’t want to store a scale with any weight or pressure on the platform.  The built in cover keeps that from happening.

AWS-100Back of the scale

AWS-100Front of the scale when open

AWS-100 Quick User GuideClose up of the inside of the protective lid built into the AWS-100.  This includes a handy Quick User Guide.  Click the picture above to zoom.

100g Calibration WeightI purchased this 100 gram Calibration weight at the same time I got the AWS-100.  It’s worth picking up one of these.  You’ll see why next.

AWS-100 100 gramsThe 100 gram weight reads 100.12 grams.  The manual states that “calibration and adjustment are performed at the factory.  However, the weighing range can shift slightly during shipping”.  If the scale is weighing within an acceptable tolerance the scale should be left alone.  If it is outside of tolerance, it should be calibrated.  The manual says that the tolerance for this scale is .02 grams.  .12 is 6 times acceptable tolerance.  Calibration is required.

AWS-100 CalibrationTo calibrate you hold the mode button until CAL appears on the screen.  Press Mode again and it prompts you to put a 100 gram calibration weight on the platform

AWS-100 calibrationPut the weight on and the… wait 🙂 and the scale will pop up pass.  I’m guessing it calibrates itself using the weight and then re-tests the weight to ensure that it’s within tolerance.  If it is… whammo… pass.

AWS-100 100 gramReads 100.01 with a 100 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 100 gramThis is a different 100 gram weight.  It reads right at 100.

A note on accuracy: I don’t have lab quality weights.  Slight variances in accuracy tests could be a reflection of either the scale or the weight or both.  My guess is both are generally to blame.  If 1/100th (one one-hundredth) of a gram is an issue for what you’re doing… you’re going to need a lab quality scale.

AWS-100 50 gramReads 50.01 with a 50 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 20 gramReads 20.00 with a 20 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 10 gramReads 10.00 with a 10 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 2 gramReads 2.01 with a 2 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewReads 1 with a 1 gram calibration weight

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewReads .50 with a 500 milligram calibration weight

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewReads .21 with a 200 milligram calibration weight

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewReads .11 with a 100 milligram calibration weight.  Getting a reading on this light of a weight verifies that this scale is good for both hops and water salts.  It’s not really necessary (at least in my book) to get down to tenths of a gram for hops (although it’s nice to be able to do).  It is necessary to get down to this range for water salts.

AWS-100 Homebrewing reviewWeighing 28 grams (about one ounce) of calibration weights using the AWS-100.  Hops and water salts are a couple of things that I like to weigh in metric.  The other is… yeast starter wort.  That is very easy to formulate using liters and grams.  1 liter of water goes with 100 grams  DME.  If you need a .5 liter starter it would be .5 liter of water + 50 grams of DME.

AWS 100 nickel calibration weightTip: a US Nickel is right at 5 grams

AWS 100 sizeFor size reference… next to a 3 piece airlock

AWS 100 refractometerSize reference… next to the RSG-100ATC Dual Scale Refractometer

cln_img_6910Weighing a stainless sample cup (part of my Brew Day Box).  This is a good example of the beauty of the Tare Feature.  Notice that the scale reads 39.45 grams.

AWS 100 tareA press of the Tare button effectively zeroes out the scale.

AWS 100 hops scaleBecause the container is subtracted, I’m weighing just the contents.  That means I have 35.22 grams of Amarillo hops here.

aws-100 gram scale reviewOne thing I have wondered is… Can you weigh more than the capacity of a scale using the Tare Feature.  The answer, at least for this scale, is yes.  I put a 100 gram weight on the scale, Tared it and then put a 50 gram weight on the scale.

I've owned this since December 2014I’ve owned this since December 2014

This is a great scale with excellent resolution and accuracy that is perfect for hops and water salts.

American Weigh 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale

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Etekcity 11lb/5kg Digital Scale w/Stainless Platform

11 lb capacity Digital Scale by Etekcity.  11 lb/5 kg capacity. .01 oz/ 1 gram resolution. Stainless steel weighting platform.  Tare function.  Auto off (after 2 minutes).  Uses (easy to find) AAA batteries – Search AmazonBasics Batteries.

Tare Function: Tare allows you to subtract the weight of the container you’re using to get a true weight of the contents.  Add your empty container to the scale and press the tare button.  This zeros out the scale.  Now add the thing you’re weighing and the scale displays just the weight of the contents of your container.  In my opinion the tare function is essential for any good homebrewing scale.

Use to weigh hops, grain, other brewing ingredients and more.

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Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale, 11 lb 5 kg, Silver, Stainless Steel (Batteries Included)

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35 lb Capacity Digital Scale [Grain Scale]

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35 lb Capacity Digital Scale.  Auto backlight.  Auto Shut Off and Hold Feature.  Capacity 35lb x 0.1oz with the following available units: kg, g, lb, oz, lb: oz.  Large platter 8.5 x 7 Inches.

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I own this scale and I can tell you that it makes for a nice grain scale.  A 5 gallon bucket fits on the platform and you can still see the readout.

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11 lb Capacity Digital Scale

Mosiso - Pro Digital Multifunction Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 11 lbs Capacity, Elegant Black

11 lb Capacity Digital Scale by Mosiso.  11 lb capacity.  Oversized buttons for easy operation.  Large LCD screen displays weight in pounds, kilograms, grams or ounces.  3 minute auto shut off to maximize battery life.  Uses easy to find AAA batteries (included) – Related – Search AmazonBasics Batteries on Amazon.  Includes the Tare Feature.

Tare Function: Tare allows you to subtract the weight of the container you’re using to get a true weight of the contents.  Add your empty container to the scale and press the tare button.  This zeros out the scale.  Now add the thing you’re weighing and the scale displays just the weight of the contents of your container.  In my opinion the tare function is essential for any good homebrewing scale.

With a resolution of 1 gram and a capacity of 11 lbs this scale would work for weighing hops, specialty grains and the grain bill for full all grain batches (in multiple batches).

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Mosiso – Pro Digital Multifunction Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 11 lbs Capacity, Elegant Black


Ozeri Zenith 12 lb Capacity, Stainless Top Digital Scale

Zenith Digital Kitchen Scale by Ozeri.  Made from the highest grade SUS304 Stainless Steel, Fingerprint resistant coating, Weighs from .05 ounces up to 12 lbs in graduations of .05 or 1 gram.  Tare Feature – allows you to essentially subtract the weight of the container you’re using and get a true weight of contents.  High contrast blue backlit LCD screen.  Displays in lb, oz, g fl oz and ml.

Use for hops, grain, other brewing ingredients and more.

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Zenith Digital Kitchen Scale by Ozeri, in Refined Stainless Steel with Fingerprint Resistant Coating

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