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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 7:12am
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Sure you could invent something to help dose into your brew vessel but, for me, I have found that just a paper cup, placed on the exit chute, will both trigger the safety switch and stay put while grinding for whatever method (at work, mostly Aeropress but the occasional full pot of drip is made too) you are going to use.

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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 7:21am
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calblacksmith Said:

Sure you could invent something to help dose into your brew vessel but, for me, I have found that just a paper cup, placed on the exit chute, will both trigger the safety switch and stay put while grinding for whatever method (at work, mostly Aeropress but the occasional full pot of drip is made too) you are going to use.

ENJOY!! :D

Posted December 30, 2013 link

Hmmm I am gonna try that tonight. I was also thinking of just dedicating a frothing pitcher to weigh, dose and catch the grinds.  Now for a scale upgrade. do you know of a good 0.1oz'er that plugs into the wall?
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 9:20am
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Burner0000 Said:

I was also thinking of just dedicating a frothing pitcher to weigh, dose and catch the grinds.

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Not that it means anything, but I do the same with a "cupping" glass.  Glass has less static than paper or plastic, and I like the way it looks.  The ultimate in coolness is the stainless measuring beaker Mahlkonig packages with the Guatemala Lab.  

Now for a scale upgrade. do you know of a good 0.1oz'er that plugs into the wall?

With so many scales on the market, it's almost silly to say there's an obvious choice.  But when it comes to home coffee, there is. The older, pure battery version was a Mark Prince recommendation; and like everyone I have one on my counter.  Pobably like everyone, I'll replace the old one with the AC version as soon as the old one's batteries wear out.  

Spend money like crazy?  Sure.  Waste a perfectly good pair of two year old AAAs?  Never.

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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 9:35am
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Yeah my pocket scale workes nicely. I have only had to replace batteries once.  My larger ADE scale eats AA's for lunch tho..
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:12pm
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This is a little bigger than a pocket scale and as I just ordered it, I can not say how well it works but it looks to be of a nice size and with 3 ranges in resoultion from .1 g to 1 g it has a nice and wide range of weighing abilities for other uses in the kitchen so it is a multitasker!

It is sold for a drip scale but the size and sensitivity would allow it to be used on the drip tray of a larger machine to measure your shots by weight rather than by volume, thus hopefully being able to get an extration ratio to your liking of water to grounds as we do the grounds by weight.
In addition, it has a built in timer thus removing another item from a lot of coffee bars. :D


I will be getting it in about a week or so and after a little use, I will be putting up a review on it.

Give it a look!
http://www.clivecoffee.com/product/hario_drip_scale.html

 
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:35pm
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calblacksmith Said:

This is a little bigger than a pocket scale and as I just ordered it, I can not say how well it works but it looks to be of a nice size and with 3 ranges in resoultion from .1 g to 1 g it has a nice and wide range of weighing abilities for other uses in the kitchen so it is a multitasker!

It is sold for a drip scale but the size and sensitivity would allow it to be used on the drip tray of a larger machine to measure your shots by weight rather than by volume, thus hopefully being able to get an extration ratio to your liking of water to grounds as we do the grounds by weight.
In addition, it has a built in timer thus removing another item from a lot of coffee bars. :D


I will be getting it in about a week or so and after a little use, I will be putting up a review on it.

Give it a look!
http://www.clivecoffee.com/product/hario_drip_scale.html

Posted December 30, 2013 link

Not bad!  I like the drip stand you can buy as well to match.   Sadly tho I would like to build my own oak pour over station. Right now I am using my "2012" (20g:12oz water) ratio and get good consistent results as long as the grind is correct. I'm not sure if I need all the bells and whistles but I will definitely give your review a read before making a final decision.  Thanks again Wayne!
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 2:51pm
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calblacksmith Said:

This is a little bigger than a pocket scale and as I just ordered it, I can not say how well it works but it looks to be of a nice size and with 3 ranges in resoultion from .1 g to 1 g it has a nice and wide range of weighing abilities for other uses in the kitchen so it is a multitasker!

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  1. Good looking;
  2. Size is nice.  Between appearance and size, nicer to leave out on the counter than the AWS; but
  3. Not AC.  Auto-shutoff tends to auto-shutoff and lose your tares at the worst possible moments.  Between bloom and pour, for instance.  Although, 5min isn't bad.

The "range of weighing abilities" is about the same as any other scale sold for use on Earth:  Weight.  

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Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 2:35am
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Yes, I am not crazy about the auto shut off and batteries are not a big deal to me.

For my main kitchen scale, I had to spend pretty good bucks to get a kitchen scale that would handle what I needed (20 pounds) and yet be accurate to 1g. It has a built in rechargable battery but I never use it, it came with an ac transformer and I just leave it plugged in. It does NOT have an auto shut off which is very important when in use as I use it for baking and tare between each item. If it turned off in the middle of adding items, I would be lost!

As long as the scale sees the weight change, it does not start the auto off timer, only after it sits, in this case, 5 minutes with no change, unlikely to go that long with drip, will it shut off.

I plan to use it on the espresso machine for shots to dose by weight not volume, or to see how consistent the volume is. I suspect it is pretty good, the flow meters are pretty accurate on La Chimbali machines.

 
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Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 6:19am
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I was able to dig up a Mr Coffee 32 oz frothing pitcher that I've never actually used for frothing.  Fits perfectly under the grind shute. Looks to be similar dimentions to the Mahlkonig BDL mentioned. It's now dedicated to my GM 875.  I am gonna stick with this scale until I find something slightly bigger with the same features and an AC hookup.  This is probably one of the cheapest scales out there but it's fast and allows me to place the pitcher on it then turn it on already tared at 0.00, dose and turn off.  Fast simple and easy which is what I am looking for.
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Posted Wed Jan 8, 2014, 6:13am
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I was finally able to sample the grinds and brew some coffee this morning.  I tried 18:1 ratio at the fine drip, 4th before Turkish setting. The coffee was a bit weak but drinkable. I am confident that dialing one more setting down should be good. I may just the dose to tweak it. :)

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