Hands On Review: 12 Stainless Steel Portion Cups – for Brew Day Measuring & Samples

(12) Stainless Steel Portion Cups by Update International

After mentioning my use of similar portion cups in my Brew Day Box, I received a Reader Tip pointing me to this pack of 12 stainless steel portion cups.  So… I picked a set up to give you a closer look at them.

You can use these to portion out hop additions and other boil additions and for pH and gravity sample containers.  These are a great size and don’t take a lot of room since they nest together.

12 stacked cups take up minimal space

The stated capacity on these cups is 2 1/2 ounces.  I used my Top Find – Fast Weigh MS-500-BLK Gram Scale – review to weigh the container and subtract that weight using the tare feature.  Then I filled the container to the brim with water.  The weight of that water came out to 60.3 grams.  That translates to 2.039 ounces.  From what I can gather, the size on these is overstated by a little bit in the product description.  They are still a very usable size.

I was able to portion out 42.9 grams of hops in one of these cups.  That figures to 1.51 ounces.

These reusable cups are handy for portioning out hops [See: 5 Recent Hop Finds] and other ingredients and boil additions on brew day.  You can also collect refractometer and pH samples.  Since these stack they are space efficient and easy to store.

img_purchdateAs of this update on 1/2016, I’ve been using these cups since July of 2013

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5 thoughts on “Hands On Review: 12 Stainless Steel Portion Cups – for Brew Day Measuring & Samples

  1. Josh

    Is it possible that by “The stated capacity on these cups is 2 1/2 ounces” they mean fluid ounces as a measure of volume, not mass?

    1. Chris Brewer

      Although I measured the mass of that water, I did convert it to fluid ounces. 1 gram of water equals 1 milliliter (and 1 CC actually). There are 29.5735 milliliters in one once. So… 60.3 grams equals around 2.039 fluid ounces.

  2. Brian Duthie

    As mentioned by someone else on the earlier post, very similar cups are 4/$.97 at my local Walmart $2.91 for a dozen. Picked some up, and I’m pleased with them.

  3. thadius856

    I bought the 12-pack from Amazon for ~$6 that was posted a week or two ago. Same 2.5 oz listed size.

    Used them this last weekend. Good quality, but I had to split 1.33 oz of hops into two cups when pouring from a wide-mouth mason jar.

    Maybe I could have piled them up nice and high, but for all intents and purposes, I couldn’t pour them in that way and I’m not going to dig my hands through a jar of hops to do it manually.

    1. Chris Brewer

      Hmmm… maybe it depends on how chunky your pellet hops are? It was pretty easy for me to get the 1.5 ounces in.


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