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

Hands on Review – Update International Stainless Steel Portion Cups for Brew Day

These are generally intended for serving condiments and small amounts of food.  Considering their size, materials and efficient design, they are also well suited for use on brew day.  I’ve kept these and similar portion cups in my Brew Day Box for years.

Related: Hands On Review: Winco 4 Ounce Stainless Steel Portion Cups – for Brew Day Measuring & Samples

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 Fast Weigh MS-500-BLK Gram Scale – 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.  That may vary slightly from cup to cup.

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

Homebrew Related Uses:

  • These reusable cups are handy for portioning out hops on brew day Related: Recent Hop Finds
  • Portioning other boil additions, including ingredients, water salts, Whirlfloc and more.
  • Collecting and cooling refractometer samples.
  • Collecting and cooling pH samples


I’ve been using these cups since July of 2013.   That’s nearly 7 years from the time of this update.  These are one of those small, inexpensive upgrades that are a big help.  I can confidently recommend them to you for use on brew day.

What are others saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “hops” and “brew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

Other Options: There are lots of similar cups out there Search Amazon for “Stainless Steel Ramekins” to shop around.  Look for a good size, quality materials (like stainless steel) and good reviews

Individual Condiment Sauce Cups- One Dozen – 2½ Oz. Ounce by Update International – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also Consider: Hands On Review: Winco 4 Ounce Stainless Steel Portion Cups – for Brew Day Measuring & Samples

img_img_3574-225x300Putting Together a Brew Day Box

Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

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4 thoughts on “Hands On Review: 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. 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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