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A Recommendation For All Grain Brewers – Use Two Scales

UltraShip 55 lb. Digital Postal Shipping & Kitchen Scale

As all grain brewers we are generally weighing things in two categories.  Moderately large amounts of things – grain and smaller amounts of things – like hops and water salts.

Although weighing both types of things involve a scale, they are really wildly different activities.

I’ll take the pictured Ultraship Ultra-55 [Hands On Review] as an example.  That has been my go-to grain scale for years and years.  It has a large 55 lb capacity, the tare feature and the face of this removes so that you can weigh large items (like buckets of grain) and still easily read the display.

The Ultraship Ultra-55 has a resolution of 2 grams when weighing up to 1 kg (about 2.2 lbs).  From 2 lbs to 50 lbs it has a resolution of .5 oz.  If we’re weighing 20 lbs of 2 row, this works great.  If you’re 2 grams or a half an ounce off either way, it really doesn’t matter.  How about hops?  A 2 gram resolution would work in a pinch, but I don’t think most brewers would be happy with that.  Weighing water salts are completely of the question with this sort of precision/resolution.  But.. it’s a great grain scale.

Second example… American Weigh 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale [Hands on Review].  That scale has an outstanding 1/100th gram resolution.  That’s great for weighing hops accurately AND weighing water salts.  How about for your all grain grist bill?  It should be awesome right?  No.  100 grams equates to about .22 lbs.

As scale capacity goes up, resolution, precision and accuracy generally go down.  Very accurate scales with higher capacities do exist, but they’re very expensive.  If you’re looking for something like this or just want to see prices, try this search on Amazon.  It searches “high capacity lab scale” in the Industrial & Scientific category sorting from high to low price.

Because of all of this, I recommend that homebrewers keep two scales.  One for grain and one for hops and water salts.

Some scales I’ve used and reviewed…

If you’re an extract brewer or you can only keep one scale because of budget or space, look for something in the middle, something with an 11 to 15 lb capacity and a 1 gram resolution – something like this.  You can use that to weigh out grain bills – you may need to split your grain bill up into a couple batches to get under the capacity and 1 gram will work for hops.

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50 lb Capacity Accuteck Digital Scale – $12.48 w/coupon + free shipping

Accuteck All-In-One Series W-8250-50BS A-PT 50 Digital Scale by ACCUTECK


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Capacity–up to 50lbs, sensitivity–0.1oz(0-25lb), 0.2oz(25-50lb), reading modes–pounds/ounces, ounces, kilograms/grams, grams
  • Key functions–tare(allow you to reset the display to 0.0), hold (especially for weighing a over-sized item)
  • Self-calibration technology–does not require a 50lbs weight, you can choose any known weight starting from 5 lbs. for calibration purpose
  • Power– run on 3 x AAA batteries or 5v adapter (both includ

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.

12/7/18 1:30 PM Central: This has dropped to just $13.14.  That in and of itself the best historical third party Amazon price I found. Click on “Save an extra 5% when you apply this coupon” and the price drops to just $12.48. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Accuteck All-In-One Series W-8250-50BS A-PT 50 Digital


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Accuteck ShipPro – 110 lb Capacity Digital Scale – $24.95

Accuteck ShipPro 110lbs x 0.1 oz. Digital Shipping Postal Scale, Black (W-8580-110-Black)

Accutek ShipPro Digital Scale.  110 lb capacity.  Reads in Pounds/ounces, ounces, kilograms/grams, grams.  Extended cord with Large Backlit energy saving display.  Features hold and tare functions.  Can Be powered by batteries, USB cable or Ac adapter. (All Included). Dimensions : 10 x 8 x 3 inches.  Start Weight from 10g/0.5oz.  Weighs in graduations of .1 oz.

This has all the makings of a great grain scale.  Large, 110 lb capacity.  The screen is attached by an extended cord.  That means you can weigh bigger things like buckets of grain and still see the display.  It has the tare feature which allows you to zero out the container.

10/15/18 10 AM Central: This highly rated scale is selling for $24.95. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Accuteck ShipPro 110lbs x 0.1 oz. Digital Shipping Postal Scale, Black (W-8580-110-Black)


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KitchenTour Digital Scale, 500 Gram Capacity, .01 Gram Resolution [Hops, Water Salts & More]

KitchenTour Digital Kitchen Scale - 500g/0.01g High Accuracy Precision Multifunction Food Meat Scale Jewelry Lab Carat Powder Scale with Back-Lit LCD Display(Batteries Included)

KitchenTour Digital Kitchen Scale – 500g/0.01g High Accuracy Precision Multifunction Food Meat Scale Jewelry Lab Carat Powder Scale with Back-Lit LCD Display(Batteries Included)

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • #PRECISE MEASUREMENT&WIDE RANGE# – KitchenTour EG5001 defines the latest in precision weighing technology with a weight capacity from 0.05g – 500g to help you measure jewelry, medicine, and cooking ingredients with refined accuracy.
  • #MULTI-FUNCTIONAL LAB/KITCHEN SCALE# – The PCS function enables small identical items counting such as pins, beads, screws. Precision Tare button calculates the net weight of ingredients by automatically subtracting the weight of container. Calculate in g, oz, ct, dwt, ozt, gn and convert between units instantly with pressing M button without having to re-measure. It also features auto-off, low battery power, overload, and uneven surface placement indicator functions.
  • #SUPERIOR QUALITY MATERIAL# – The KitchenTour E5001 Digital Pocket Scale is crafted to be sturdy, accurate, safe, and user-friendly. Constructed with a high-quality stainless steel platform and ABS plastic frame, this digital kitchen scale is durable and easy to clean and maintenance.
  • #LIGHTWEIGHT & COMPACT DESIGN# – The sleek aesthetic complements any kitchen decor, cleans quickly and stores easily. The touch activated keys also make for an elegant and clean design. With the back-lit reverse LCD display, weighing is quick and easy.
  • #A GREAT ADDITION FOR ANYONE WHO WEIGHS INGREDIENTS WHILE COOKING# – Comes with two trays (13cm, 10cm), which can be used as protectors or scale trays. Meet your demand of measuring different things. It’s the perfect gift for cooking enthusiasts who value a combination of precision and style.

 

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.

Given the specs of this scale, it should work for weighing hops, water salts, smaller amounts of specialty grains (500 grams is about 17.6 ounces or just over a pound) and other brewing ingredients.

KitchenTour Digital Kitchen Scale – 500g/0.01g High Accuracy Precision Multifunction Food Meat Scale Jewelry Lab Carat Powder Scale with Back-Lit LCD Display(Batteries Included)


A smaller scale can work for all grain brewers, as you can weigh any amount of grain in multiple batches, but if you’re a large batch all grain brewer or regularly brew all grain batches with larger grain bills you may want to consider a two scale approach, one more precise scale for hops and a larger capacity scale for larger grain bills.  A couple scales to consider:

Also: LaMotte Water Test Kits | Recent Hop Finds | Portable Reverse Osmosis System

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SKYROKU Elite Digital Scale, 100 Gram Capacity, .01 Gram Resolution AND Calibration Weight

SKYROKU Elite Digital Pocket Scale,100g/0.01g Weigh Scale with a 100g Stainless Steel Calibration Weight and a Tweezers, 2 AAA Batteries (Black)

SKYROKU Elite Digital Pocket Scale,100g/0.01g Weigh Scale with a 100g Stainless Steel Calibration Weight and a Tweezers, 2 AAA Batteries


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Weighs up to 100 grams in 0.01 gram increments.
  • A digital pocket scale, 2AAA batteries, a 100g stainless steel calibration weight and a Tweezers; meet all your demand for using this little scale.
  • Multi-functions. Quick unit conversion between g, ct, dwt, gn; Viewable and easy to read backlit LCD display.
  •  Flip-open lid protects the delicate weighing surface. Easy touch buttons and a 60 second auto shut off.

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.

Given the specs of this scale, it should work for weighing hops, water salts and smaller amounts of other brewing ingredients.  100 grams is about 3.52 ounces.

SKYROKU Elite Digital Pocket Scale,100g/0.01g Weigh Scale with a 100g Stainless Steel Calibration Weight and a Tweezers, 2 AAA Batteries (Black)


Also: LaMotte Water Test Kits – via MoreBeer| Recent Hop Finds | Hands on Review: RO System

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SAGA 100-Pound Capacity Digital Scale w/Removable Face [Grain Scale] – $26.99 + free shipping

SAGA 100 LB X 0.1 oz DIGITAL POSTAL SCALE for SHIPPING WEIGHT POSTAGE W/AC 45 KG (Black)

SAGA 100 LB X 0.1 oz DIGITAL POSTAL SCALE for SHIPPING WEIGHT POSTAGE W/AC 45 KG (Black)


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • This full-featured top class professional shipping scale is designed to help you increase productivity and efficiency in your operation.
  • Advanced heavy duty load cells with moisture and dust resistance, large LCD display with back-lit, detachable readout with corded connection, good for packages.
  • All these great features make it an ultimate shipping scale, however it don’t cost your much to have one. If you are looking for quality of made scales with economical price, just don’t miss it out.
  • Recommended for warehouse, office shipping. Save time, avoiding the journey to the post office. weigh your package and print out the postage online or from other postage service terminal.
  • It can be used for various other weighing applications.

Things I like about this scale… it has a nice large capacity.  That high limit should work for weighing grist bills for all grain brewing, even for large batch homebrewers.  Includes the requisite (in my opinion) tare feature for zeroing out the scale to get the true weight of contents. Removable face – great for weighing larger items, like buckets of grain.

11/29/18 11 PM Central: This is selling for just $26.99. Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

SAGA 100 LB X 0.1 oz DIGITAL POSTAL SCALE for SHIPPING WEIGHT POSTAGE W/AC 45 KG (Black)


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American Weigh 500 x .01 gram [1/100th gram resolution!] – hops, water salts & more – $21.05 + free shipping

American Weigh Scales LB-501 Digital Kitchen Scale

American Weigh Scales LB-501 Digital Kitchen Scale


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • 500 Gram capacity with 0.01g resolution
  • Units of measure include: g, ounce, dwt
  • Includes four AA batteries, calibration weights( two (2) 200g Calibration Weights)
  • Scale made with the finest craftsmanship and guaranteed to last for years
  • 10 Year Limited Warranty

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.

What I like about this scale… I like the high resolution with a relatively large (give the 1/100th gram accuracy) capacity.  I like that it has the requisite (in my opinion) tare features and that it uses easy to source AA batteries [Search AmazonBasics Batteries].  Given the specs of this scale, it should work for weighing hops, water salts, smaller amounts of specialty grains (500 grams is about 17.6 ounces or just over a pound) and other brewing ingredients.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew”

11/29/18 11:30 AM Central: This is selling for just $21.05.  That’s a 62% discount from list.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

American Weigh Scales LB-501 Digital Kitchen Scale


A smaller scale can work for all grain brewers, as you can weigh any amount of grain in multiple batches, but if you’re a large batch all grain brewer or regularly brew all grain batches with larger grain bills you may want to consider a two scale approach, one more precise scale for hops and a larger capacity scale for larger grain bills.  A couple scales to consider:

Compare: Large High Precision Scale – 500g x 0.01g MT353 at MoreBeer, similar specs, although may not be identical

Also: LaMotte Water Test Kits | Recent Hop Finds | Portable Reverse Osmosis System

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American Weigh Scales AWS-600-BLK Gram Scale [hops and more] – $8.10

American Weigh Scales AWS-600-BLK Digital Personal Nutrition Scale, Pocket Size, Black

American Weigh Scales AWS-600-BLK Digital Personal Nutrition Scale, Pocket Size


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • 600 Gram capacity with 0.1g resolution
  • Units of measure include: g, ounce, troy ounce, dwt
  • Includes two AAA batteries
  • Ships pre-calibrated; Calibrates with a 500g weight

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.

Given the specs of this scale, I think it would work well for hops and smaller amounts of grain and other ingredients.

11/28/18 11 AM Central: This is selling for just $8.10. Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

American Weigh Scales AWS-600-BLK Digital Personal Nutrition Scale, Pocket Size, Black


Also: Search 500 gram calibration weight on Amazon | Homebrew Scale Deals, Discounts and Coupons & Reviews | Recent Hop Finds


Mini Digital Crane Scale – 600 lb Capacity and Aluminum Alloy Case

Outmate Mini Digital Crane Scale 300kg/600lbs with LED(Aluminium Alloy Case)

Outmate Mini Digital Crane Scale 300kg/600lbs with LED(Aluminium Alloy Case)

Large screen, 2″ long LED readout.  600 lb/300 kg capacity with graduation increments of .2lb/.1kg.  Autozero, Tare, Hold and Auto Power Off.

Note from HBF: I periodically get tips related to luggage scales with the thought that these could be used for weighing kegs.  My concern with that is, a lot of the ones I’ve seen don’t seem like they would hold up.  With this unit’s whopping 600 lb capacity and rugged build, it may work well for weighing kegs.  If you know the tare weight of the keg you can estimate how much beer remains.  Tare weight would be the weight of the empty keg – sometimes printed on the side, otherwise you can weigh it empty.  A good estimate for the weight per gallon of beer would be the weight of a gallon of water – about 8.34 lbs per gallon of beer.  Another possible use – weighing bags of grain.

Outmate Mini Digital Crane Scale 300kg/600lbs with LED(Aluminium Alloy Case)


Also Consider: Hands On: Ultraship 55 | Hands on: American Weigh AWS-100

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AMIR Digital Kitchen Scale, 200 Gram Capacity, .01 Gram Resolution

AMIR Digital Mini Scale, 200g 0.01g/ 0.001oz Pocket Jewelry Scale, Electronic Smart Scale with 7 Units, LCD Backlit Display, Tare Function, Auto Off, Stainless Steel & Slim Design (Battery Included)

AMIR Digital Mini Scale, 200g 0.01g/ 0.001oz Pocket Jewelry Scale, Electronic Smart Scale with 7 Units, LCD Backlit Display, Tare Function, Auto Off, Stainless Steel & Slim Design (Battery Included)

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • High Accuracy: AMIR digital pocket kitchen scale built with high precision sensor system, provides you with instant and accurate results from 0.01g (0.001oz) to 200g. Easy to clean and use, guarantee you an accurate weighing reading.
  • 7 Different Measurements: The mini food scale includes all the necessary unit measurements for easy weight translations, convert measurement between in g, gn, oz, ozt, ct, tl and dwt in seconds. Convenient for you to choose the proper unit by pressing the mode button.
  • Protective Cover: The jewelry scale designed with a stainless steel platform and a protective flip cover. It is crafted to be strong, durable, and pocket-size for many of your portable weighing needs, such as food, tablets, powder, gemstones, coins, jewelry, gold, etc. What a useful pocket scale!
  • Compact Design & Back-Lit: Minimalistic and compact design (Product Dimensions: 3″ x 5″ x 3/4″) make it a portable pocket scale to take everywhere. Built with a clear blue back-lit LCD screen, enables you to read easily and clearly.
  • Intelligent Indication: The cooking scale can alert users for low battery power, overload, and uneven surface placement. Auto-off after 30 seconds of inactivity, which helps to preserve battery power and efficiency; 2 AAA batteries included.

 

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.

What I like about this scale… I like that this has the tare function and that it has a 1/100th gram resolution.  That means you should be able to use it for weighing hops, water salts, smaller amounts of specialty grains (200 grams is about 7 ounces) and other brewing ingredients.  I also like that it uses easy to find AAA batteries [Search “AmazonBasics Batteries”] and that it has a stainless top and a protective cover.

AMIR Digital Mini Scale, 200g 0.01g/ 0.001oz Pocket Jewelry Scale, Electronic Smart Scale with 7 Units, LCD Backlit Display, Tare Function, Auto Off, Stainless Steel & Slim Design (Battery Included)


Also: LaMotte Water Test Kits | Recent Hop Finds | Portable Reverse Osmosis System

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