Hands On Review: Ultraship 55 lb Grain Scale – Digital Scale With Removable Face

Hands on Review UltraShip Scale for Homebrew Use

UltraShip scale by My Weigh are generally intended for use in the kitchen or for mailing and shipping.

Looking at the features homebrewer’s, including myself, started using these for grain scales. They feature, generally, high capacities, good accuracy and some great features… like the removable face!

As of this writing, three size options are available

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This review looks specifically at the 55 lb version, although features should be similar between all three variations.

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. Here is the scale with the front face disengaged.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.

What is the Tare Feature? Why is it Important?

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.

Of course, this scale has the tare feature.

The UltraShip for Hops?

  • As all 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.

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.

I recommend a precise gram scale for weighing hops. Consider: American Weigh 100g x 0.01g Digital Scale – Hands on Review – our check out our full lineup of scale reviews for more options.


I’ve used this scale as my primary grain scale since 2009. I still have my original unit as of this update in 2022. This 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.

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Related: UltraShip Owners Manual & Troubleshooting Guide from MyWeigh

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One thought on “Hands On Review: Ultraship 55 lb Grain Scale – Digital Scale With Removable Face

  1. Mike

    I have one of these and it’s stunningly good. I put a large bowl on it when I’m weighing out grain, and it’s useful for all kinds of other weighing chores. Considering you can weigh a sack of grain or 4 ounces of chocolate wheat, it’s a remarkable product. And at that price….


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