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Posted Fri Aug 9, 2013, 12:08pm
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PacoPackaPucka Said:

what's a reasonable price range to pay for a good quality scale?  accessories are fun but the price can add up...

Posted August 9, 2013 link

I have this one from Amazon, $20.

AWS .01 Scale
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Posted Sun Aug 11, 2013, 12:02pm
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You could spend as little as $7  click here

You want to make sure that your scale is at least a .1 gram scale if not a .01 gram, and it helps if it can be calibrated. If you pay more you may get a scale that can weigh heavier amounts and/or has a larger platform and is more practical for general kitchen use.
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Posted Sun Aug 11, 2013, 1:01pm
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Personally, I have one of the big $20 ones to weigh the grind/portafilter, and one of the pocket size $10 ones to weigh the cup/extracted beverage.

 
"I've Scaced many HX/E61 machines, seeing shot variances of up to 8-10F or more. [The BDB] stays within 1F." - Mark Prince
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Posted Sun Aug 11, 2013, 4:58pm
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You have to be very careful when you go for a cheap scale.  Some are very very good some are very very bad.  Harbor freight has a very very good one for $19.99 that goes on sale every other month for $12.99.  It is very dull and plain looking with no backlight, but it is otherwise superb. They have another for $12.99 regular price that looks cool, and has a fancy blue back light... run don't walk from that one.  It gobbles battery and it's repeatability and sampling rate is horrid.

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Posted Sun Aug 11, 2013, 5:02pm
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The AWS scales sold by large on-line retailer have been good for me. The old $10 pocket scale wasn't too sharp, but they upgraded the display and the buttons so it's better than it used to be.

 
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Posted Tue Aug 13, 2013, 8:52pm
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Hi everyone,

I would like to ask if anyone is having the same issue I am having with the new dual boiler machine.

I received a replacement.  Before the replacement, if I left the machine on for more than an hour, it would completely dry the portafilter.  I did not need to wipe out any moist before putting in the ground coffee.  However, with the new one, even after wiping out the portafilter completely dry, turning on the machine and leaving it on for a while makes the portafilter become moist and wet.  The longer you leave the machine on, the wetter the portafilter gets.  I am thinking that this should not be happening, but the tech support personnel at Breville was telling me that it is a condensation from brew head and it is normal.  I could not completely agree with him because if what he was telling me was true, than that makes my older machine faulty (or should I say faultier since that problem was not reported when getting the replacement) and vice-versa.

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.
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Posted Tue Aug 13, 2013, 8:57pm
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JayGo Said:

Hi everyone,

I would like to ask if anyone is having the same issue I am having with the new dual boiler machine.

I received a replacement.  Before the replacement, if I left the machine on for more than an hour, it would completely dry the portafilter.  I did not need to wipe out any moist before putting in the ground coffee.  However, with the new one, even after wiping out the portafilter completely dry, turning on the machine and leaving it on for a while makes the portafilter become moist and wet.  The longer you leave the machine on, the wetter the portafilter gets.  I am thinking that this should not be happening, but the tech support personnel at Breville was telling me that it is a condensation from brew head and it is normal.  I could not completely agree with him because if what he was telling me was true, than that makes my older machine faulty (or should I say faultier since that problem was not reported when getting the replacement) and vice-versa.

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.

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If it doesn't affect the quality of the coffee, don't worry about it.
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Posted Thu Aug 15, 2013, 7:29am
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donner Said:

If it doesn't affect the quality of the coffee, don't worry about it.

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So, is your portafilter dry or wet???
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Posted Thu Aug 15, 2013, 7:45am
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JayGo Said:

So, is your portafilter dry or wet???

Posted August 15, 2013 link

Slightly moist.  I don't bother drying it before adding the coffee.
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Posted Thu Aug 15, 2013, 6:40pm
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donner Said:

Slightly moist.  I don't bother drying it before adding the coffee.

Posted August 15, 2013 link

Thanks for the feedback.
If mine was just slightly moist, I would have not minded about it.
However, mine becomes dripping wet after a while (with out exaggeration, when I flip the portafilter over, good amount of collected water over time will drip down the portafilter).
That is the reason why I am trying to determine if mine is acting normal.
It just doesn't feel right to add coffee to the portafilter when the portafilter has that much water in it.
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