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The scale is a really important tool that doesn't have to cost a lot. I've used this for years and it keeps on going. I initially bought it for tea but it works great for weighing my beans and for pour over(it can handle the weight of the cup, water, coffee and my Kalita Wave). At this price its a no brainer!! If you don't have Amazon prime you can find this on Ebay as well.
A loosely filled level teaspoon is ~ 2g, a tightly packed level teaspoon is ~ 3g. Hope this helps... but yeah, get a scale.
I love this one that I got off Amazon; it can take a small regular weight bowl without damage, the platform is big enough to use (about 2" square), and the lid folds all the way back and lies flat so that it doesn't interfere with what you're doing. I used calibrating weights to test it when it arrived and found it was perfectly accurate already. Best of all it's $9.95 with Prime shipping, if you're signed up for Prime.
And that's not the only one; there are plenty of good sub-gram scales out there, usually cheap (<$20). No reason not to have a scale if you've tried kratom and feel like you'll be kratoming for a while.
I'm in a similar living situation and am close to you in age. My parents know about me using kratom, but they're not fans of it, and as such I try to dose discreetly. This scale I have is rather cheap, and is as precise as you'll ever need for kratom measuring. It also will fit in your pocket. Go to your local Dairy Queen, get yourself a blizzard, and get a Gatorade from the convenience store down the road. Drink your Gatorade and eat your Blizzard, and keep both the spoon and bottle. DQ's spoons are small, and Gatorade bottles have large mouths; this is important.
Now the next time you dose, put your spoon and scale in one pocket, empty Gatorade bottle in the other, and baggy of kratom in your underpants, and walk yourself to the bathroom, where you can fill bottle with warm water. Then put your kratom into the bottle and shake it and consume in bathroom.
20-30 grams is a problem; I think you know that though. Atleast with a scale though you can watch yourself continue a bad habit, or taper down without guessing how much you're taking. Good luck
American Weigh Scales AWS 1KG Digital Pocket Scale [link]
Only had it for 2 months but no problems yet, bout $8. Does grams, ounces, and 2 other measurements that I don't know what they are.
I like the 'American Weigh' scales in general. But every hundreth (01., 0.01, 0.001) increase in sensitivity usually raises the price and lowers the maximum capacity. Personally, I think this scale from American Weigh (0.1) for $6.19 is great (especially for beginners) because for six bucks you can get to the tenth of a gram and you can weigh up to 1 kilogram.
10$ including shipping: you need to use a scale: I noticed that wgn seeds are way way less volumous then ftl or sn. Its really important that you use a scale every time you dose, especially when switching brands. Its important to know exactly how much you are consuming as to be able to make responsible decisions when dosing.
FTL is the best right now, I'd go with them. Make sure to get the england one, the others are no good. They are way stronger then tnt, I'd say 30%, so start with way less. Weigh out your normal tnt dose when you get the scale and then when you get the ftl start with 30% less and go slow. When you taste the ftl, you will know, it's very potent. Some of the best I've ever had.
I use this one: [link]
It is tiny, but I also have the hario scale/timer and it kind of doesn't detect the weight until you have at least 5g or something. So I usually use this one to weigh the beans, but I also bring this one to work without the hario with me to make aeropress at work (I use the hario at home for pourover and timing).
No one should be thinking about dosing without one of these. It's 9$. We shouldn't be talking about anything other then raw weight on this sub, volume is too dicey and could get someone reading this hurt.
So actually about $10. Not a bad deal if you ask me. Good luck!
Agreed. When I used kratom I was using this scale. Works extremely well and only 7 dollars. With Amazon Prime I got free shipping and it literally arrived the day after I ordered it. Can't beat that.
At the risk of sounding like an asshole, if you can't afford to drop $8 every once in a while, you probably should review your current lifestyle choices.
This is the one I have / that has served me well. maximum weight 1kg (2.2 pounds) small and only $8.
edit** it can switch between oz, g, and then also whatever ozt and dwt stands for
I have a similar situation to you. Here’s my setup:
8 cup chemex, with handle.
Baratza Maestro Plus
A refurb Baratza Maestro is $70, not that much more than a good hand grinder. It’s worth it, trust me.
I have this one. I've never owned another precision scale, so I can't give comparisons, but I haven't had any problems thus far. I use this scale only intermittently, for measure spices, salt, yeast, xanthan, etc., but as far as I can tell, it works flawlessly. Do note the dimensions: it's extremely small - the weighing surface is about the size of a pinch bowl.
This pocket scale makes weighing your food when you are out and about super easy :) However, I think Amazon thinks I'm a drug dealer...
I use this AWS scale from Amazon
Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done at a fair price
I have this one, works very well. I basically went to Amazon and searched for lots of consistently high reviews <$10.
Congratulations on stopping drinking. That is a momentous accomplishment. Do you mean 20 grams? Because 20 teaspoons is somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 grams or more of kratom a day. That is a looooot of kratom to be taking especially if you have only been using it for a month. I don't know anyone whose can stomach that much kratom.
You are correct that you should be using a scale. This scale goes up to 1kg and is only $6.19 on Amazon. Your best success is probably going to be to taper down to a more manageable dose.
You can look through <strong>Kratom 101</strong> for good information about kratom.
Unfortunately, there is not any one solution or answer or regimen that someone can tell you to follow. Kratom tends to be an individualized thing. You can read about other how other people have managed tolerance. This discussion is a good place to start: What's the Best Way to Reset Your Kratom Tolerance.
Some people replace part of their dose with stem and vein to help taper to lower dosages and manage tolerance.
Some people use agmatine. You can read a good explanation about it here, a website here, and other people's experiences here. You can also read about potentiators but you should put some serious thought into tapering your dosage for long-term success.
Good $10 scale on Amazon
I was assuming I'd use it to verify what the included Lee Deluxe Perfect Powder Measure is dispensing for a couple pours, then just trust the powder measure. Would it just be better to get a small digital scale?
I've already got one of these scales lying around, it doesn't measure in grains though, it does grams ($10 on amazon) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SC3LLS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Or would you suggest something like this Frankford Arsenal DS-750 Digital Reloading Scale for $30?
If you are only weighing basket
American Weigh Scales Signature Series Black AWS-1KG-BLK Digital Pocket Scale, 1000 by 0.1 G [link]
If you rea weighing portafilter + basket
American Weigh Scales AMW-SC-501 Digital Pocket Scale, 500 by 0.01 G [link]
I have something similar to these because it can weigh very small amounts https://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-Scales-Signature-AWS-1KG-BLK/dp/B002SC3LLS/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1537985490&sr=8-13&keywords=american+weigh+scales
But I guess any accurate kitchen scales would do.
I like these ones: [link]
This one is OK too: [link]
I think you should drop a few $$ on a scale and quit guessing. A decent scale is now about the price of a couple of ounces of cheap tea.
There's this great site, you might have heard of it
Here's what I use and it has been perfect for kratom:
American Weigh Scales AWS 1KG Digital Pocket Scale, 1000 x 0.1g [link]
> Would it be weird to use a scale?
This one is cheap and does the trick (h/t /u/awkwardsoul).
It's very small but extremely accurate.
The scale I got
There is a version that measures in .01g increments as well. As for measuring tea by weight, it makes more sense than doing it by volume (teaspoon/tablespoon) because of leaf size or if it's compressed/rolled.
TeaDB did a great video that demonstrated this (granted, it is about puerh, but can be applied to non-compressed teas)
I could have sworn that their was an image demonstrating this as well, but can't seem to find it right now.
Escali, I have one since 2009 and it works well, search Amazon for :
Primo Digital Kitchen Scale 11Lb/5Kg
For electrolytes and powder caffeine that need hundredths I use:
Just for kicks
I bought this for a coin collector, but there could be many uses for this item
(We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning, since the world was turning) I bought this cuz it was cheap and cool. You never know when you need to heat things up.
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I'll keep that in mind. Thanks. This is the scale I have.
That's what I have, I'm pretty sure it's the same one they used in the video.
It's also silly cheap right now.
Tthe gal who's behind tipsy sheep yarns (I forget her username) recently recommended this scale. However, because it's under review, per that little note, I ended up going with its cousin, this. It's currently being shipped now. So I can't confirm how good it is.
These scales require calibration; you may want to buy a 500 gram. However, I poked around a bit and apparently you can get away with using coins as a substitute.
The removal of the pressure regulator on the portafilter will make it more like a "typical espresso machine" but it does have some drawbacks.
Your grind and distribution becomes much more important. Grinder is much more important than the machine even. The skerton might have waaay better results but 4/10 is better than 1/10 by 400%. Great improvement, but a long way to go. If you decide you want a new grinder, a ludo will work for espresso (it's significantly more $ than the skerton for a reason) or if you're dropping that much, go for a Baratza Precisio refurb. You could also go the used route if you don't mind replacing burrs or troubleshooting. Either way, lose that blade grinder fast.
Ideal brew pressure is 8-9 bar. The pump is nominally 15 bar and your machine doesn't have a regulator. That said, this guy found that it could only do 7-8 during brewing: [link]
Get a scale! with more machine, you need tighter control on your recipe. This is a half decent cheap one (9!): [link]
It's not great for weighing the portafilter as it's so small,but is is great for under the group during brewing and has a fairly quick response time.
Read/watch this about crafting recipes and getting the most out of your beans (also the science of extraction) [link]
Works like a charm but you can test it with a crisp dollar which should way 1 gram.
I bought This scale from amazon for $8. It's super accurate, inexpensive, and is great for all my priming sugar, hop additions, etc measurements.
Buy a scale, you can get a good one for $8 on amazon. [link]
Pu'er can be really heavy (especially compressed ripe cakes) or light (loose mao cha). You need a scale if you want to be precise. A scale comes in handy for oolong which has similar issues.
Also.. you are going to brew 16oz of pu'er? Ideally, you'll want to do gongfu style. Following instructions for 16oz is a crazy amount of tea, you'll want a smaller pot (even for a small group) or just a mug if it's just for you! And western steeped pu'er can be hit and miss (often too dry or too strong). For amount, I like what White2Tea suggests as a ratio - 1gram to 15ml.
I got this scale, when I started logging my meals: [link]
It's small (passport size) and can be easily carried around (to the office etc.).
1000g of max. weight should be enough for most ingredients. Make sure to just place a light plastic bowl on it and tare it beforehand, as the scale is small.
The slow carb diet is a great starting point for eating veggies. If you have got a slow cooker (crockpot) you can't go wrong. There are tons of chili- or curry-like recipes that have a reduced amount of carbs and consist of only meat and veggies of all kinds. Those dishes taste amazing, don't actually require a carb-rich side dish (rice etc.) and you can sneak in a ton of veggies.
Once a week I prepare something I call "veggie and protein cake". I take a round glass casserole and fill it with 1lbs leafy spinach, bunch of spring onion, paprika, chili, cauliflower or broccoli add some bacon cubes and feta cheese, while layering the ingredients. I cover it with some grated cheese and stir 6-8 eggs, which I then pour all over the veggies to fill the whole casserole. Put it in the oven for 30min. at 320°F and you made your self a delicious veggie cake that will last you at least a week.
Regarding your cardio training intensity: I see nothing wrong with the cardio. Keep it up as long as your body allows it. I did that myself with running and hid a roadblock as soon as I reached 1x-bodyweight levels on my squat. My legs were just too sore to run 3x/week. Now I'm running once or twice a week and am back to some indoorcycling after my workout.
I'd recommend you to stick to the 3x/w 5x5 SL protocol. Your body needs to get used to the rhythm of a weight lifting break on the weekends. I had serious issues on my friday workouts, when my squats reached 260lbs and more. The two day recovery is often times more than needed and can make a huge difference for the next week.
I know it's addictive and it can be tempting to do more, but you'd be better off to throw in a stretching routine or some extensive mobility work or light cardio on Sundays.
[link] (more accurate, but lower max) or some people get both, since they're not very expensive.
Official Soylent starter kit ships with a 2liter Takeya pitcher but that's just a personal choice for diyers.
this looks too good to be true... is it?
This one seems to go to the hundredths
this could be useful for solidworks too :p
EDIT: second ones max weight is 100g I'm going with the first one
I own this, warning youll get some paraphanalia come up in your recomended on purchase, don't really understand why.
Prime elligble, can be callibrated, does oz and g and two other units I don't use.
Don't get that scale! Only 0.5g resolution? Such a ripoff!
For that money you can get a microgram scale. Look at American Weight Scales. I recommend the one I have, 1000 by 0.1g. I also have the Gemini pro which cost as much as the one in your cart but is accurate down to 0.001g
I bought this one off of amazon for dirt cheap and it works great.