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Posted Fri Jun 7, 2013, 7:46pm
Subject: scale for pour over
 

I've been looking at scales to improve my pour over brews. The one's that measure less than 1 gram are expensive. How often would I use fractional grams and would I taste the difference?
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Posted Fri Jun 7, 2013, 8:27pm
Subject: Re: scale for pour over
 

It depends on whether you're talking about measuring water or beans. For water, 1g is fine. For beans, it's marginally adequate. Small scales to measure .1g accuracy are cheaply and easily available online. I use a small "jewelry" type scale to measure beans.

 
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Posted Fri Jun 7, 2013, 10:42pm
Subject: Re: scale for pour over
 

Google "Digital gram scale .01" and check eBay. There are many which will work fine and are reasonably priced.
For espresso and similar methods that use a relatively small amount of coffee, .1 gram resolution is virtually required. The difference in a one gram variation is a lot and makes achieving accurate grind adjustments difficult. For most any other method, and for most folks, 1 gram resolution is sufficient.

 
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Posted Sat Jun 8, 2013, 1:02am
Subject: Re: scale for pour over
 

personally i use a jennings JS4000.  you can disable the auto off on it and it comes with an AC plug.  It'll give you half gram accuracy and it's just the right size for a pourover.

goes for about 40 bucks
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Posted Sat Jun 8, 2013, 9:09am
Subject: Re: scale for pour over
 

frank828 Said:

personally i use a jennings JS4000.

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I couldn't find a JS4000 - Did you mean the CJ4000 like this one? Looks great for $33. shipped. I might pick one up. Having the AC adapter is a big plus!

edit: And a 20 year warranty?!? Awesome.

 
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Posted Sat Jun 8, 2013, 10:06am
Subject: Re: scale for pour over
 

I bought a Hario V60 scale for $60 (espressoparts or amazon).
It cost a bit more than some others, but the built in timer made it well worth it to me.
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Posted Sun Jun 9, 2013, 6:58pm
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The CJ4000 is a fantastic scale. I absolutely love mine!
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Posted Sun Jun 9, 2013, 9:20pm
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i am also using a hario v60. great scale :)

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Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 8:14am
Subject: Re: scale for pour over
 

I have both a 1.0 & 0.1 g scale.  I only use an ADE 1.0 g scale for drip.  The 0.1 g scale comes in handy for espresso.  
Here is what I bought. Works great and is a good price.

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Posted Mon May 12, 2014, 4:24am
Subject: Re: scale for pour over
 

Things to look for are a quick response time, AC power option and no automatic shut-off. I've had the Bonavita Digital Scale for over six months and really like it. Not too long ago Amazon had a special purchase ffer going and had it listed for $30. I originally paid something like $90 for mine and decided to get a spare for back-up or give it to my daughter when she gets her own place. Take care!

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