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Posted Tue May 3, 2011, 2:31pm
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yakster Said:

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.

Posted May 3, 2011 link

For my current small precision scale, it shuts off if I don't press a button. So after I bloom, I change the mode from grams to ounce about every minute to make sure it doesn't turn off. The auto shuttoff is my biggest concern on all the scales. =[ Maybe I should look for an inexpensive postal scale.
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Posted Wed May 4, 2011, 5:24am
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yakster Said:

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.

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Yeah, that's the work-around - but it's a problem one shouldn't have to deal with.

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

The one Coava sells now does come with an AC adapter, but you don't have to use it - Keith said they use it with rechargeable batteries, and they never have the cut-off problem.

 
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Posted Wed May 4, 2011, 8:28am
Subject: Re: Looking for a pourover scale
 

I can say for certain that the 2nd scale in the OP is nearly worthless.  I use it to weigh beans for roasting and it will give you different measurements depending on how the container is sitting on the scale and I have also had it jump up or down a gram after the item has been stable for several seconds.  I'm not too concerned about precision so it works for now, but I would rather have one that goes to .1g, is not so temperamental and doesn't shut off in the middle of action.
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Posted Wed May 4, 2011, 8:57am
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I think the consensus is that "you get what you pay for."  If you're okay with that and can work around it, more power to you.  Personally, I wish I had invested in that AWS scale they sell at Blue Bottle.
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Posted Wed May 4, 2011, 9:38am
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It should be noted, after further reading, that the AWS scale sold on Blue Bottle LOOKS to also be sold at Amazon (it could be a different model since I read it has an auto-off and the BB description says it has a "continuous read out" which I assume means no auto-off) for about $30 US, but I saw that CoffeeGeek himself wrote a review on it and said the display is unreadable from anywhere other than eye-level.

Click Here (www.amazon.com)
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Posted Wed May 4, 2011, 11:12am
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My Salter scale also shuts off if I'm doing a 600ml ( 2x10oz mugs) Chemex brew. What I do is re-zero the scale half way through at 300ml and continue the pour for another 300ml giving 600ml without the scale shutting off.

Easy enough and re-taring the scale stops it switching off.
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Posted Thu May 5, 2011, 8:38pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a pourover scale
 

crayonshinchan Said:

It should be noted, after further reading, that the AWS scale sold on Blue Bottle LOOKS to also be sold at Amazon (it could be a different model since I read it has an auto-off and the BB description says it has a "continuous read out" which I assume means no auto-off) for about $30 US, but I saw that CoffeeGeek himself wrote a review on it and said the display is unreadable from anywhere other than eye-level.

Click Here (www.amazon.com)

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Who would have thought that proper scales are so difficult to find, and the ones that are good, are way more expensive than cheaper ones that just need to disable their auto-off.
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Posted Fri May 6, 2011, 1:34pm
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kwantran Said:

Who would have thought that proper scales are so difficult to find, and the ones that are good, are way more expensive than cheaper ones that just need to disable their auto-off.

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Word.  The funny thing is, I feel the $20 "Biggest Loser" scale I use at the office, which is sold at Bed Bath and Beyond, is better than the Ozeri scale I have at home.  Even though it only has gram and lb/oz. (no fl oz.) units, it stays on long and eliminates the need to tap the scale to keep it on.
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Posted Sat May 7, 2011, 4:18pm
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I have a Jennings, which is great but slightly overkill.

Check out the My Weigh 3001P. You can disengage the auto-off, which is very helpful. Pourover + auto-off don't mix well. It's only $30 or so and the build quality is solid.
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Posted Sun May 8, 2011, 6:12pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a pourover scale
 

whd2102 Said:

I have a Jennings, which is great but slightly overkill.

Check out the My Weigh 3001P. You can disengage the auto-off, which is very helpful. Pourover + auto-off don't mix well. It's only $30 or so and the build quality is solid.

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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.

 
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