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whd2102
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Posted Mon May 9, 2011, 12:58pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a pourover scale
 

JPDyson Said:

Can you confirm the 1g resolution on the My Weigh? Seems like it would be sufficiently precise for pour-over, but if you wanted it to do double-duty and weigh your coffee as well, the .5g resolution of the Jennings starts to seem less like overkill and more like a requirement. I for one have a separate scale with .1g resolution that I use to weigh tea or coffee before brewing, but that came before the pour-over scale. It was about $10 on Amazon and only has a capacity of like 500g. So, for the same $45 you could have one scale or two.

Posted May 8, 2011 link

The MyWeigh has 1g res., which I feel is more than enough for weighing coffee for filter prep. (espresso's another story, as is the general practice of home espresso, which isn't my cup of tea). For the Jennings, it's not just the sticker price that one has to consider. If there's ever a need to (re)calibrate it, the proper calibration weight (4000g) doesn't come cheap.
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Posted Mon May 9, 2011, 1:04pm
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whd2102 Said:

The MyWeigh has 1g res., which I feel is more than enough for weighing coffee for filter prep. (espresso's another story, as is the general practice of home espresso, which isn't my cup of tea). For the Jennings, it's not just the sticker price that one has to consider. If there's ever a need to (re)calibrate it, the proper calibration weight (4000g) doesn't come cheap.

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We differ on that point. If 1g resolution is sufficient (note that you could have the same reading for 24.5g or 25.4g) then I'd argue you're barely doing yourself a favor in the first place with the scale. The calibration issue isn't a very big one to me; if it's a high-quality scale, its initial calibration will hold nicely. If you aren't calibrating it, see my first point.

I just don't see the benefit in not using a precise, well-calibrated scale. You may as well stick to volumetric measurements.

 
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Posted Mon May 9, 2011, 1:47pm
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JPDyson Said:

We differ on that point. If 1g resolution is sufficient (note that you could have the same reading for 24.5g or 25.4g) then I'd argue you're barely doing yourself a favor in the first place with the scale. The calibration issue isn't a very big one to me; if it's a high-quality scale, its initial calibration will hold nicely. If you aren't calibrating it, see my first point.

I just don't see the benefit in not using a precise, well-calibrated scale. You may as well stick to volumetric measurements.

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There are common-sense ways of avoiding the 24.5/25.4 possibility (and I think we'd disagree on the significance of that possible variance) but to me what's most in question here isn't "Is a scale useful for pour-over" (why yes, it is) or even "Which scales do a great job?" (many will, some of course are better than others) but what's the value-added of one scale to another. I've used a 1g scales, .5 scales and .1 scales both for weighing coffee and for weighing water weight and I don't feel that a .1 makes that much of a difference in the final cup when it comes to brew quality and brew consistency. This is my opinion; you seem to have a different one. Agree to disagree I suppose.
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Posted Mon May 9, 2011, 6:14pm
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yakster Said:

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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What are some of the brand names for those with AC adapters?
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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:33pm
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whd2102 Said:

There are common-sense ways of avoiding the 24.5/25.4 possibility (and I think we'd disagree on the significance of that possible variance) but to me what's most in question here isn't "Is a scale useful for pour-over" (why yes, it is) or even "Which scales do a great job?" (many will, some of course are better than others) but what's the value-added of one scale to another. I've used a 1g scales, .5 scales and .1 scales both for weighing coffee and for weighing water weight and I don't feel that a .1 makes that much of a difference in the final cup when it comes to brew quality and brew consistency. This is my opinion; you seem to have a different one. Agree to disagree I suppose.

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I agree. The 1 gram calibration works well and produces consistent results. I have the MyWeigh scale referenced here and you can disable the auto shut-off and it has an ac adaptor available for purchase. The ac adaptor is terrific, I used the batteries at first and they burn out too fast, been plugging it in ever since. The MyWeigh is used by George Howell in 1 of his pourover videos shown here if anyone wants to view the scale in action:

Click Here (how2heroes.com)
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