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Hands On Review: Anvil Brewing Equipment Grain Scale

anvil grain scale review

The Anvil line of products, is… “a premier line ofanvil-brewing-equipment-palmer-approved-sm brewing equipment, designed and built by the geniuses at Blichmann Engineering, with help and inspiration from John Palmer! The entire suite of products work in unison to provide a perfect brewing experience from day one, and at a great value to you the homebrewer. You can rest comfortably knowing that Anvil equipment is backed by two of the biggest names in the homebrew industry. Anvil Brewing Equipment: Inspired by Palmer, Built by Blichmann, and Made for You!”

The lineup includes kettles, propane burners, false bottoms, scales, thermometers and more.

Hands on Review Anvil Large Grain Scale

cln_img_0719Front of the box.  Reads High Capacity Digital Grain Scale and Palmer Brewing Solutions Approved.cln_img_0720Side of the box.  Reads 65 lbs x .02 lbs (30 kg x .01 kg) Capacity, Selectable lb, kg units.  Remote display with 6 ft cable (2m) allows use of over-size weighing container.  Extra-large 12″ x 11.75″ (300 mm x 315 mm) brushed stainless steel weighing surface.  4 AA batteries and AC power adapter included.


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American Weigh AWS-100-SIL – 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale… $8.00, 65% Off List + Free Prime Ship & Hands on Review

AWS Series Digital Pocket Weight Scale 100g x 0.01g, (Silver), AWS-100-SIL

Model AWS-100-SIL Digital Gram Scale by American Weigh.  Weighs up to 100 grams in 0.01 (1/100th!) gram increments.

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

  • Portable Scale: This digital food scale measures 3″ x 5″ x 0.8″, so it’s the perfect size for measuring on the go. Use it to measure nuts, herbs, medications, spices, or jewelry.
  • Durable & Compact: This mini kitchen scale is perfect for travel and can fit in your bag. Plus, it easily converts between ounces, carats, grains, and grams.
  • LCD Screen: The digital scale’s backlit LCD Screen makes numbers viewable and easy to read — even in dim lighting. Thanks to high-precision sensors, you’ll get an accurate measurement every time.
  • Built-in Cover: Keep your electronic food scale safe with the built-in durable cover. It will keep your scale looking like new and protect it from scratches, bumps, and everyday wear and tear.
  • Stainless Steel: Our digital kitchen scale has a stainless-steel surface that’s easy to clean. Place your items directly onto the Stainless Steel or place them in a tray or container for measuring.

 

I have the black version of this scale – Hands on Review.  It’s great for weighing hops and water salts.  You could also use it for smaller amounts of grain, other brewing ingredients and around the house and kitchen.

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AWS Series Digital Pocket Weight Scale 100g x 0.01g, (Silver), AWS-100-SIL – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Hands On Review: American Weigh AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale – 100g x 0.01g – for homebrew hops & more

Announcing: Kegland 1,000 Gram Capacity Digital Scale – $9.99 + Free Ship Eligible at MoreBeer

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Digital Scale – 1000 g MT361 via MoreBeer

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An upgraded version of our popular Beer Tubing Assembly. Our new assembly now includes 5 ft of 3/16″ Ultra Barrier Silver™ Antimicrobial and PVC Free Beer Tubing, ball lock beverage-out quick disconnect (barb), a hand held faucet and two hose clamps. EJ Beverages’ cutting edge Ultra Barrier Silver™ tubing has a number of advantages over regular Vinyl tubing:

  • Antimicrobial – 100% effective against top 4 beverage spoiling bacteria
  • PVC Free and BPA Free – Contains no DEHP, phthalates or other plasticizers
  • Environmentally friendly production = does not emit dioxins
  • Ultra-low permeability
  • Remains flexible at lower temperatures
  • Temperature range of -40 to 125° F

 

  • 1,000 grams is about 2.2 lbs.  Given the specs on this scale it should work for hops, smaller amounts of grain and more.
  • This is available for just $9.99.
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Digital Scale – 1000 g MT361

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Hands On Review: American Weigh AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale – 100g x 0.01g – for homebrew hops & more

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Why a Digital Gram Scale for Homebrewing?

Homebrewers are generally weighing things in two categories.  Moderately large amounts of things – like 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.

An accurate gram scale is great for weighing smaller amounts of things like hops, water salts and smaller amounts of other ingreidents.

Features to Look for in a Homebrewing Gram Scale

  • Digital readout – most scales are digital now, so this one should not be a problem
  • The Tare Feature – 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.
  • Precision – Look for a minimum of 1/10th gram precision (Example – 1.1 grams) if you’re wanting to weigh hops.  Look for a minimum of 1/100th gram precision (Example. 1.11 grams) if you’re wanting to weigh water salts.
  • Capacity – Higher precision and accuracy generally equate to lower capacity.  That’s okay, just understand what capacity you’re buying.  100 grams = about 3.52 ounces.

Hands on Review: American Weigh Model AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale

This 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.


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American Weigh Scale AWS-100 Digital Pocket Scale, 100g X 0.01g Resolution – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Digital Scale 200 Gram Capacity x .01 Gram Resolution AND Calibration Weight

Digital Pocket Food Scale, LanSheng 200g/0.01g Mini Jewelry Scale Multifunction Precision Food Scale with Tweezers, Weight, Transparent Protective Cover and HD Backlit LCD Display (Battery Included)

Digital Pocket Food Scale, LanSheng 200g/0.01g Mini Jewelry Scale Multifunction Precision Food Scale with Tweezers, Weight, Transparent Protective Cover and HD Backlit LCD Display (Battery Included)

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  • 【New Upgrade Digital Mini Food Scale】The latest food scale use new ABS plastic shell, stainless steel scale and high precision sensor offer superior stability. The waterproof design that you can use anywhere.
  • 【6 Measurement Unit to Satisfy All You Demand】This digital pocket food scale has 6 measurement unit to meet all the food weight that you need: g, oz, ozt, dwt, ct, gn.
  • 【Longer Service Life】The food scale have a layer of mirror sticker on the surface. Water and dust will not enter the buttons and display. Can be used anywhere.
  • 【Excellent Design】Tare function makes measuring food more hygienic and easy. Automatic auto-off and adjustable shutdown time let you enjoy without worry.

 

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.

Digital Pocket Food Scale, LanSheng 200g/0.01g Mini Jewelry Scale Multifunction Precision Food Scale with Tweezers, Weight, Transparent Protective Cover and HD Backlit LCD Display (Battery Included)


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Maxus Elite Plus Precision Scale 200 Gram Capacity x .01 Gram Resolution AND Calibration Weight

MAXUS ELITE PLUS Precision Gram Scale 200g x 0.01g + 100g Calibration Check Weight - Digital Arrow Scale Archery Scale 3086 Grain x 0.2gn Pocket Scale Jewelry Scale Herb Scale Small Scale Meds Capsule

MAXUS ELITE PLUS Precision Gram Scale 200g x 0.01g + 100g Calibration Check Weight – Digital Arrow Scale Archery Scale 3086 Grain x 0.2gn Pocket Scale Jewelry Scale Herb Scale Small Scale Meds Capsule

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  • 🎯 Accurate & Precision 🎯 Elite Plus Precision Scale offers 0.01g 0.2gn 0.05ct 0.001ozt 0.01dwt 0.001oz Accuracy and 200g Max Capacity, it comes with a 100g calibration check weight, so you can always reset the scale to its standard, make every weighing experience as accurate & precision as possible.
  • 🎯 Elegant & Durable 🎯 Elite Plus Arrow Scale is easy to use, the backlit LCD Display is easy to read, the brushed stainless steel platform is easy to clean. A great choice for measuring carbon and aluminum arrows, bolts, points, broad heads, vanes, stabilizer weights and other archery components.
  • 🎯 Compact & Portable 🎯 Elite Plus Pocket Scale can easily fit into your pocket, this multi-Function scale can be used to weigh Pet Medicines Supplements dose Tobacco Flavor Diamond Gemstone Gems Kitchen Nutrition Ingredients Food Baking stuff Spices Seasoning Herb Coffee beans
  • 🎯 Beautifully Made 🎯 ELITE Plus Jewelry Scale has a Classic look, it was made of quality materials, it provides fast and reliable reading, it’s easy to carry or store. Six weighing units available: Gram Grain Carat Pennyweight Ounce Troy Ounce

 

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 has an included calibration weight.  That mean you can double check accuracy and re-calibrate if need be.

MAXUS ELITE PLUS Precision Gram Scale 200g x 0.01g + 100g Calibration Check Weight – Digital Arrow Scale Archery Scale 3086 Grain x 0.2gn Pocket Scale Jewelry Scale Herb Scale Small Scale Meds Capsule – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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DigitZ DZ Digital Scale, 600g x 0.1g (DZ5-600) [hops and more]

DigitZ DZ Series Digital Pocket Scale, Black, 600g x 0.1g (DZ5-600)DigitZ DZ Series Digital Pocket Scale, Black, 600g x 0.1g (DZ5-600)

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

DigitZ DZ Series Digital Pocket Scale, Black, 600g x 0.1g (DZ5-600) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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American Weigh AWS-100-SIL – 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale + Hands on Review

AWS Series Digital Pocket Weight Scale 100g x 0.01g, (Silver), AWS-100-SIL

Model AWS-100-SIL Digital Gram Scale by American Weigh.  Weighs up to 100 grams in 0.01 (1/100th!) gram increments.

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

  • Portable Scale: This digital food scale measures 3″ x 5″ x 0.8″, so it’s the perfect size for measuring on the go. Use it to measure nuts, herbs, medications, spices, or jewelry.
  • Durable & Compact: This mini kitchen scale is perfect for travel and can fit in your bag. Plus, it easily converts between ounces, carats, grains, and grams.
  • LCD Screen: The digital scale’s backlit LCD Screen makes numbers viewable and easy to read — even in dim lighting. Thanks to high-precision sensors, you’ll get an accurate measurement every time.
  • Built-in Cover: Keep your electronic food scale safe with the built-in durable cover. It will keep your scale looking like new and protect it from scratches, bumps, and everyday wear and tear.
  • Stainless Steel: Our digital kitchen scale has a stainless-steel surface that’s easy to clean. Place your items directly onto the Stainless Steel or place them in a tray or container for measuring.

 

I have the black version of this scale – Hands on Review.  It’s great for weighing hops and water salts.  You could also use it for smaller amounts of grain, other brewing ingredients and around the house and kitchen.

AWS Series Digital Pocket Weight Scale 100g x 0.01g, (Silver), AWS-100-SIL – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Hands On Review: American Weigh AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale – 100g x 0.01g – for homebrew hops & more

Ultraship 55 lb Capacity Grain Scale via MoreBeer – $32.99, Limited Availability + Hands on Review

Electronic Grain Scale - 55 lbs. MT355

Ultraship Ultra-55, 55 lb capacity digital scale via MoreBeer

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Now a scale that you can use to measure large amounts of hops and grains at home! This is a great addition to any home brewery!

This Electronic Grain Scale is capable of weighing a full sack of grain, and then some. This benchtop unit has a 55lb capacity, lifetime warranty, and a host of helpful features.

  • Massive 55 lb (25 kg) capacity!
  • 30 year warranty
  • Optional Backlight Feature
  • Runs on 4 x C batteries or AC adaptor (neither included)
  • Large Weigh Platform 8″ x 6.5″
  • Weighs in Pounds, Pounds:Ounces, Ounces, Kilograms, Grams
  • Dual Range Weigh Design:
    • 0-2 lbs x 0.1oz/0-1kg x 2g
    • 2-55 lbs x 0.5oz/1kg-25kg x 10g
  • Display is removable and attached to two foot cord for easy viewing of the display while using larger weighing vessels

 

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This is the scale that I use for weighing grain.  It’s a great scale!  In particular, I like the removable face.  That makes weighing large items (like buckets) easy.  See: Hands on Review

Electronic Grain Scale – 55 lbs. MT355

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Tip: Use Two Scales if You’re an All Grain Brewer

UltraShip 55 lb. Digital Postal Shipping & Kitchen ScalePictured: Ultraship Ultra-55 – via Amazon – Hands On Review

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  • As all grain brewers we are generally weighing things in two categories.  Moderately large amounts of things – like 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.

But Why?

  • I’ll take the 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 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.

The right tool for the job: 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.

  • Recommendation: Use one larger capacity scale for measuring grain.  Important features to consider: Tare (allows you to subtract the weight of the container that’s being used), Pounds/Kilograms Display, Digital Readout, Either Auto Hold or a Removable Face (this allows you to weigh large objects like a bucket of grain.  An AC Adapter is also nice to have.  This Ultraship scale is what I use.  I’ve used it for years and have been very happy with it.  It features a removable face to easily weigh larger objects.
  • Recommendation: Use one smaller, more accurate scale for weighing hops, spices and water salts.  Tare, Pounds/Kilograms and Digital Readout are important for this one.  You’ll want something that measures to an accuracy of 1/10th of a gram.  You’ll be using grams for water salts and you should consider using grams for hops.  Consider the AWS-100

What about Extract Brewers?

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.

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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