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Posted Tue May 3, 2011, 8:29am
Subject: Looking for a pourover scale
 

I'm looking to get a bigger scale for pourovers. I have one that is only a few inches wide/long so I can do single cups fine, but anything bigger (such as clevers and chemexes) I have to preweigh the water.

Click Here (www.amazon.com)

Click Here (www.amazon.com)

Anyone have any experience with these two? I would be using these for just measuring pourovers. Measuring the beans themselves I am using another scale with a precision of .1g

Thanks.
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Posted Tue May 3, 2011, 8:37am
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I can't say if either of those is any good, but I do have the Salter scale which was pictured (and at one time, for sell) from the Coava website. I loved the look of it, with the stainless platform and big, red LED read-out. I've had it randomly cut off on me in the middle of a pour, which sucks a lot if you didn't catch the measurement before it did (never mind that it's usually a half-second behind you anyway). Last couple of pots, it hasn't done that, but I had a couple of days in a row where it would just cut off, mid pour. Curiously, they now sell a different scale (I think the one in the CG press pot video).

I sort of wish I could get one without an auto cut-off for that reason.

 
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Posted Tue May 3, 2011, 11:48am
Subject: Re: Looking for a pourover scale
 

I have the first one.  I don't recommend it.  It looks awesome and it works.  But the problem is the auto-off.  With no activity, it only stays on for like a minute or two at the most.  It's frustrating when you're doing other things like setting up cups, trays, etc. and you lose your measurement.

When you turn it back on, it tares automatically so you're back to zero.  Not good.

Look for something that stays on longer.  Unfortunately, I overlooked this and regret it.

I would buy something like this: http://store.bluebottlecoffee.net/Detail.bok?no=105

That being said, I've had better luck with cheap scales too simply because they stay on longer.
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Posted Tue May 3, 2011, 12:09pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a pourover scale
 

When you say inactivity, do you mean inactivity from not pushing the buttons or just the weight not changing? I wouldn't mind just tapping it to keep it from shutting off. This scale will mostly for home use so I won't really be distracted by setting up trays and cups too much. Just looking for something not too expensive for just making pourovers at home.

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Posted Tue May 3, 2011, 12:12pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a pourover scale
 

kwantran Said:

When you say inactivity, do you mean inactivity from not pushing the buttons or just the weight not changing? I wouldn't mind just tapping it to keep it from shutting off. This scale will mostly for home use so I won't really be distracted by setting up trays and cups too much. Just looking for something not too expensive for just making pourovers at home.

Thanks.

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a tap will do the trick.
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Posted Tue May 3, 2011, 12:26pm
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or a hard exhalation.

 
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Posted Tue May 3, 2011, 12:27pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a pourover scale
 

Just to be clear, the problem I was describing was "mid-pour" shutting off, not after some period of inactivity.

Actually, after I posted this, a rep from Coava reached out to me and mentioned that this is the very same reason they stopped using/carrying the Salter and started using the Jennings (which he says has been great).

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Posted Tue May 3, 2011, 12:55pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a pourover scale
 

May I ask why you want to weigh water?  Isn't the density of water sufficiently stable and consistant for volumetric measurements to suffice?

Phil

kwantran Said:

I'm looking to get a bigger scale for pourovers. I have one that is only a few inches wide/long so I can do single cups fine, but anything bigger (such as clevers and chemexes) I have to preweigh the water.

Click Here (www.amazon.com)

Click Here (www.amazon.com)

Anyone have any experience with these two? I would be using these for just measuring pourovers. Measuring the beans themselves I am using another scale with a precision of .1g

Thanks.

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kwantran
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Posted Tue May 3, 2011, 1:34pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a pourover scale
 

PJK Said:

May I ask why you want to weigh water?  Isn't the density of water sufficiently stable and consistant for volumetric measurements to suffice?

Phil

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It is if I measure the water before hand with an accurate graduate cylinder or beaker. I like using a scale because I can measure the process of my pour and I don't have to worry about premeasuring the water. Also, I like to overfill my pouring kettle so that the temperature of the water stays more constant. Also, depending how fresh the water is in my water tower, it is very difficult to measure that by volume.
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Posted Tue May 3, 2011, 1:54pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a pourover scale
 

Scales shutting off mid-pour are quite annoying, and the kitchen scale I found at the thrift store will do this to me after three or four minutes when doing a Chemex pour-over.

One trick I've learned is to weigh the Chemex + Kone + Grounds first without taring the scale and then mentally add the water mass that I'm going to pour to know what the final weight will be.  I'll then tare the scale and start the pour, but if the scale shuts off, I know that I can just remove the Chemex and then restart the pour and rely on the total weight including Chemex and all to determine the endpoint.

You can also try restarting the scale after the bloom to prevent the shutoff, easy if you use a 100 ml dose of water for the bloom.

I've found very few scales offered that do not shut off.  Those that don't shut off usually have external AC adapters.

 
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