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ajf
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Posted Mon May 12, 2014, 10:28am
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I use an AWS 100 gram scale that reads in 0.01 gram increments.  It costs less than $10.00, and although I don't need that accuracy for coffee, I do for other things.

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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:

CJ 4000: Click Here (www.amazon.com)

American Weigh 2000: Click Here (www.amazon.com)

Hario scale/timer: Click Here (www.amazon.com)

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:

Click Here (coffeegeek.com)
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Posted Mon May 12, 2014, 11:42am
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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.
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Posted Mon May 12, 2014, 2:29pm
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Eastsideloco Said:

You can't use that scale for brewing, which was nominally the subject of the OP (roughly 11 months ago.)

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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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Posted Mon May 12, 2014, 4:00pm
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Apologies. The subject of the thread threw me for a loop. Given the nature of the question, a better subject might have been "scale for dosing."

There is definitely a benefit to using a higher resolution scale for weighing doses. The challenge is that most high resolution scales aren't rated adequately for use when brewing that coffee.

When I travel, I use my dosing scale, a 550-g MyWeigh Triton T2, while brewing with an Aeropress. But otherwise, I use its bigger brothers for brewing.

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