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gram scale recommendations?

Postby Jim Saborio on Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:16 pm

I bought a simple neat-looking scale at Target, but it didn't go well. In order to get it into "gram mode" you have to turn it on, then flip a itty-bitty switch on the underside of the scale, then right it and wait for it to zero... then after a few seconds it turns off and reverts to reading ounces.

I will use it for weighing drip doses as well. Anyone?
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby JaanusSavisto on Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:49 pm

I´d say look up a company called Salter Brecknell. Heard nothing but good bout their products. Found one from Amazon going for $29.99 for example. Weighs lbs/kg - oz/g
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Shannon Hudgens on Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:10 am

We have used a Salter Nutritional Scale (model 1400) for three years now with no problem at all. 9v battery lasts forever. Kilograms/grams/pounds/ounces. Wide platform for fitting larger items. I just put a 5 pound bag on it and it measured 81.2 ounces so it can handle at least that much. Worth the ~$40.
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby scottlucey on Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:28 am

http://www.amazon.com/Escali-Primo-Digi ... 066&sr=8-2
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Michael Phillips on Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:08 pm

I picked up this lil' guy from EPNW and have been pretty happy. Plenty of space and capacity to experience the true joy of brewing on scales. And if your really cool it seems like a feasible task to have it sunk into your counter using it's bottom tray as a support.

http://www.espressoparts.com/product/ES ... Scale.html
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Alistair Durie on Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:33 pm

My favourite scale for all round use in the shop is the Jennings CJ-600. 600 gram capacity x 0.1 gram resolution, and a bright display. Its also fast, which is what bugs me most about many other scales I have tried.
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Shane on Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:00 am

... while were at it, what about timers? Ive used the Salter 330 Quad time for French Press and they rule.... But I can NOT find them anywhere now that I need more. Anyone have another great timer or know where to get a 330. There are some on ebay, but they wont ship to Canada. Alister, where did you get the Jennings?
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Shannon Hudgens on Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:34 am

We have an older version of this and it works well:

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product ... 40&RN=210&

You'd have to contact them about shipping to Canada.
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Isaac Gonzalez on Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:02 am

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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Aaron Ultimo on Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:54 am



I thought I was the only one... Good to see someone else likes what I like. Great price on this link too!
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Sandy on Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:15 am

Aaron Ultimo wrote:


I thought I was the only one... Good to see someone else likes what I like. Great price on this link too!


ME too! But i use a different brand....

jewelers scales are available on ebay. Be certain that the max. weight is what you need, some will weigh one pound up to and over five pounds.

I love these scales. pocket sized and bigger are available and definately cheaper......
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby James Hoffmann on Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:19 am

These small jewelers scales are notoriously inaccurate unless calibrated often if you want consistent accuracy of less than a gram. Which is probably bad news for those who buy these kinds of scales for more... nefarious purposes.
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Isaac Gonzalez on Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:54 am

James Hoffmann wrote:These small jewelers scales are notoriously inaccurate unless calibrated often



Quality built scales can be calibrated.

The TANITA! scale I mentioned cannot be calibrated, or can it?**

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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Sandy on Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:21 pm

James Hoffmann wrote:Which is probably bad news for those who buy these kinds of scales for more... nefarious purposes.



wait....isn't that what they are used for?
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Aaron Ultimo on Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:09 am

James Hoffmann wrote:These small jewelers scales are notoriously inaccurate unless calibrated often if you want consistent accuracy of less than a gram. Which is probably bad news for those who buy these kinds of scales for more... nefarious purposes.


I have to say I never felt I had calibration issues with this scale, but who knows. I have had another cheapy one that always fell out of calibration.

http://www.gramscales.com/product_info. ... 18ddc8e375
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby jason dominy on Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:25 am

I just picked up one at IKEA in the kitchen section that works really well, and was only $25. I have tested it against our old Avery manual gram scale, and it seems to be spot on. Plus, it switches back and forth to pounds with a tap. Is also very clean looking.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20018198
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby phaelon56 on Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:18 am

Aaron Ultimo wrote:
James Hoffmann wrote:These small jewelers scales are notoriously inaccurate unless calibrated often if you want consistent accuracy of less than a gram. Which is probably bad news for those who buy these kinds of scales for more... nefarious purposes.


I have to say I never felt I had calibration issues with this scale, but who knows. I have had another cheapy one that always fell out of calibration.

http://www.gramscales.com/product_info. ... 18ddc8e375


The Fastweigh that Aaron linked to here looks an awful lot like my Escali but way way cheaper. And the Escali has always been accurate but the surface is too small for my tastes.
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Luke Shaffer on Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:36 am

The Ohaus Pro Scout is so accurate I can use it to count my drawer at the end of the day!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/178913-
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby ryan brown on Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:33 pm

one, go to http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/, you can search for a scale by your needed resolution and capacity. obviously lots of resolution and lots of capacity equals lots of money.

i wanted a scale that could give me resolution of 0.1g and could hold a portafilter, with plenty to spare, so i got: http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/proscale-xc-2000.aspx. it's not the most amazing scale, but it's under 50 bucks.

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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Brett Hanson on Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:00 pm

Who has the new scale hotness? Father's Day is coming up.

The Escali pronto sounds nice, but 5kg of capacity seems like overkill- weighing pfs, aeropresses, and press pots. Also, it's unclear when it's measuring to 0.1g vs. when it's rounding to 1g.

The Jennings seems to have the sweet spot for capacity and resolution, but I doubt all my subjects will fit on there.
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Re: gram scale recommendations?

Postby Jim Saborio on Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:51 am

We have two scales on bar at the moment. One has a .1 gram resolution, the other has a .5 gram. As time passes I find myself irritated by my the .1 gram scale. It has a smaller capacity, so we can't use it to weigh portafilters or anything much more than a pound. It also gives us too much information. For on-bar purposes, I'd say a .5g resolution is adequate... even when dosing coffee for manual brew methods. I think a half gram usually amounts to about four beans.
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