Posted Mon May 12, 2014, 11:10am Subject: Re: scale for pour over
You can't use that scale for brewing, which was nominally the subject of the OP (roughly 11 months ago.) There are a lot of options for brewing scales. These are representative of the scales one might use for brewing:
The American Weigh model actually has the resolution needed for espresso dosing. But generally you'll want two separate scales for these tasks. The Hario scale has a timer, but runs about twice the price of the CJ 4000, which is used in a lot of shops.
If cost isn't an issue—and datalogging or social networking functionality is—Mark Prince recently wrote a positive review of the Acacia scale:
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Posted Mon May 12, 2014, 11:42am Subject: Re: scale for pour over
One thing to note is that the resolution of a scale is often greater than the actual precision. For example, the AMW-2000 (2000g x 0.1g) reads down to 0.1g resolution but has a repeatability of ±0.2g. So you really can't measure precisely to the tenth of a gram with it. To get that precision, inexpensively, it's better to have a second scale with higher resolution and less overall range. When I weigh coffee to be within 0.1g I use a $15 scale that reads .01g. I can't weigh the water for a big pot of coffee with it though. You can buy a scale with both a wide range and fine resolution but it will cost you more than buying two scales to cover two different requirements.
I bought the scale for measuring the addition of water treatment salts when brewing beer. If I am weighing less than 100g, of course I can use it. If I need to weigh more than 100g, I don't need the extra precision, and I use my kitchen scale which has 1g resolution. It's less than 1/2 the price of any of the ones that you linked to (or in my case, the price was 0, as I already had it), which is what jpender suggested.
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