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I use this on my bench for small cupping, in my purse on the road. It’s a little workhorse, a curate and can accommodate various size containers and it has a lid that you can use to as a container to weigh in.
American Weigh Scales Blade Series Digital Precision Pocket Weight Scale, Black, 1000 x 0.1G (BL-1KG-BLK) [link]
My buddy and I use the one you linked for brewing beer - it's good, but I find it to be too small for coffee.
I use this one for coffee: [link]
It's fine for a standard mug for pour-over setup and will juuuuuuuuust barely accommodate a mid-size Chemex. I like it, it seems to be accurate enough, but when this one goes I will be getting one with a bigger surface.
I use this scale. it is tiny and less than $10 so even college students have no excuse not to get one. I use it for roasting and brewing. Only problem is you can't really put a big jar on it to weigh out more than a pound or so of beans, but any mug will fit on there pretty easily.
When grinding I do notice that darker coffees will take up significantly more space than light stuff. I don't even roast darker than full city and it's still very noticeable. really best to use a scale.
I've said this before, pulling shots w/o a scale (for the first few times at least, before dialing it in) is doing it blind. Once you have the grind set, you can fly the output of the shot no scales, but input should still be weighed. I have had so much better success w/ weight vs volume, it's crazy. I use the AWS Blade, pretty small, thin. Can fit between any tray and the brew group. Very cheap too! You can get the higher resolution one for a few bucks more, but IMO for shots 0.1th of a gram is fine.
Not sure why I’ve seen so many people recommend a different tamper. The included one is fine. No it’s not perfect but it’s convenient and weighty enough to pull great shots once to get technique down. Seems the the downside is ergonomics. Either way for me it wasn’t worth it to get another one as 54mm tampers that are significantly better seem to run at almost 1/4-1/3 of the price I paid for my entire setup, which was not worth for a machine I will probably upgrade even if it’s in 4-5 years.
Get a scale! I use this one from AWS and it’s been perfect.
Definitely do WDT. Toothpick has working fine for me.
I’ve found that dosing a little higher has gotten good results and seems to be better than grinding finer for getting right shot timing. I usually single dose ~18.5g into portafilter, WDT, shake and tap to settle, then tamp and it’s worked well.
Finally, get a bottomless portafilter ;)
If you want just for measuring shots? Get the AWS Blade. It's cheap, accurate, small, thin, and quick. Fits under my shot glass for my Infuser, and has a easy read back-lit display.
Making coffee outside is the best! I highly recommend the AWS Blade BL-1KG-BLK for your portable coffee kit. I have two and they’ve served me well for weighing beans and making aeropress or pour over while camping and elsewhere.
Do scales sold specifically to test the force of the tonearm/stylus do anything that regular scales don't do? I have this one already, should this work the same or should I order one made for it specifically? American Weigh Scales Black Blade Digital Pocket Scale, BL-1KG-BLK 1000 by 0.1 G [link]
I've been using this thing for almost three years. only thing is it is super tiny. my pourovers / french press are about as big as you can go. but it's fine! i did have to replace it after it eventually gave out, but for $8 i didn't mind
I love this one. It's $10 and does a decent job. I use it to measure coffee for roasting and brewing as well as food. I've been using this exact model for six years and had to replace it only once, and that was my fault. It handles up to a kilogram and fits basic measuring cups perfectly.
I purchased this scale last year for $12. It's actually on sale for $7.
Works great & has a small footprint so it can be thrown in a bag/backpack if needed.
Best first step would be to buy a food scale. I own this one. If you don't have myfitnesspal (the app) I would highly recommend downloading it and using it in tandem with the fitbit app (you can link them). If you don't cook your own food you just have to be very aware of the caloric content of different types of foods wherever you're eating. If you cook, use the scale to measure the correct portions of everything you it and logging the food into myfitnesspal thus. /r/loseit also has a lot of good info on calorie counting.
I recently picked up this pocket scale...
Once it arrived I compared a couple of measurements with another scale that my friend uses for reloading ammunition.
I got THIS scale and it works great, super inexpensive too. :)
Yeah I haven't used a scale with mine since the first time I used it. Coffee to the to the line on the filter then filler up.
Also a decent scale is super cheap. I have used this one for almost a year with no issues and its under 10 bucks. [link]
>Some dealers already have it pre-packaged, just like the store's 6pack.
How hard is it to measure .3 and throw it in a bag?
>Some dealers have multiple customers at once, so they have multiple baggies sitting around; how easily can you tell the difference between a 1.5 bag and a 1.8 bag?
Write "1.8" or "+.3" on it?
>Some dealers don't have fancy electronic scales and use analog scales; while it's common to have .5's marked on those, you'll only see .8 if it's marked down to the .1's, which isn't often.
This is 2015. No excuse for a drug dealer not to have a scale that can't do .1s. Here's one on amazon for $9.
> Even if they're using a digital scale, it has to not only read tenths of a gram, but the accuracy needs to be better than a tenth of a gram; OP is complaining about getting 1.7 for the price of 1.8 so if the scale is not that accurate, there's a good chance either he'll still not get that .1 grams, or he'll get 1.9 grams and the dealer will be out an extra .1 gram.
That's a 1-minute inconvenience. Simply get a close amount in there and add slight amounts until it rolls over to 1.7.
Dealer's just being a dick.
I use this. Note that I got this for a very specific set of circumstances:
I throw it in my travel bag to measure everything on the road.
I use this, it is small enough you can slip it in a pocket and take it with you if you need it on the go and it works, and it's less than 10 bucks
I've been using this thing for almost a year. ten bucks! it is tiny but i even put my french press on it and pour water onto it to weigh out the water. grams to .1. I want to say ounces to .01 but i can't remember for sure.
Haha yeah as you can see I've been avoiding a scale for a long time. I only brew for myself, so I haven't cared much about consistency and it's fun that it tastes a little different every time. Would you recommend a scale on a budget? Like would this be good enough?
And I'm really open for any new brewing devices, I just want to try something new and different and I collect gear anyways.
Okay, if you're here and posting this, instead of being instantly contrarian, I am going to offer some advice that I think will help.
First, bring as much peanut butter as you can, bring this food scale with you for figuring stuff out [link]
and bring some whey powder. You will find that without beer and if you peel away even half the loaf, you might be able to stay under the amount of carbs you need to be under in a day to remain in keto.
also keto will still work when you get back, just don't go crazy.
this is the one i have and I love it:
I've traveled with this one for like 5 years. It has definitely been good to me for the price and it was cheap. I got it at a head shop and paid double back then of what it goes for on Amazon now.
This is the absolute best scale for the price. Very very accurate. An absolute must for dosing and measuring shots by volume. It’s the perfect size to fit under the spout as well.
My grind setting sits just under a 2. But, it will differ based on what coffee, how old, each machine individually, and so on. I’ve never had a shot time correctly courser then a 4.
The cone + toothpick this helped my shots 10 fold. It’s called re-distribution. Doing this help break up the clumps in the ground beans and makes sure that everything is more evenly distributed. Getting rid of the clumps helps + even distribution help fight against channeling.
The tamper feels much more comfortable in my hand and has a better weight to it. I feel like I can control it better then the cheap plastic tamper the machine came with.
I have this one, and it works great.
There's also this one, 0.1g precision but goes upto 1000g for $2 less
American Weigh Scales Black Blade Digital Pocket Scale, BL-1KG-BLK 1000 by 0.1 G [link]
The scale was a separate purchase I made on Amazon. Here is the link
I'm sure other people can recommend other ones, but this is my travel scale and so far it's worked fine (a year, so far).
Here's what I use
I lift outside of fasts and still lift during fasts. I've learned to take the dramatic (so far 5% decline in rep max and weights) lifting progression declines as part of my current fast (passed 14 days mark, and counting). It helps me control appetite; the soreness after a good session makes it easier to ignore temporary blips of appetite urges. Most workouts are around 2-3 am in the morning; the large offset to the normal meal period seems to throw off my body's programming to expect a meal after a workout.
<20 g per day net carb keto diet. Track my macros; 23/1 and 20/4 really streamlines the bookkeeping. Supplement each day with 10 g BCAA (30 g on workout days), 5 g creatine, 4.4-8.8 g Vega Hydrator electrolyte, both outside and during fasts.
Try to get in 8-10 hours of sleep every night.
I'm diagnosed Type 2 diabetic, but within the margin of lab measurement error for pre-diabetic range last year, and with fasting will drop out of that range into remission this year. But I still test my blood glucose between 5-10 times per day, some days with multiple different brands of meters.
I drink 4 liters/quarts of plain tap water per day. During fasts this will go up to 8 liters/quarts; I don't pee out as much as I drink, so I'm probably exhaling all that extra water.
I travel some for work. Have to be social over many meals with my client-facing activities when I travel. There is almost always an iceberg or romaine lettuce salad option no matter where we end up, and no one bats an eyelash at that. Outside of fasts, I pack and use an ultra-portable food scale and a "portable oven". The latter is more of a slow-cooker than an oven per-se; it only goes to 150° F. Toss some protein (usually chicken or beef) in the night before, and it is ready for me the next evening. Broccoli florets and grated Parmesan in the microwave (every hotel either has microwaves in the commons area or the rooms), and I'm good to go.
Measure and track various metrics to guide my body fat percentage lower. Goal next year is to drop to 12% by various caliper measurements to justify cost of a DEXA scan and start fine-tuning. I've had to stop using keto sticks because they only test acetoacetate and I'm keto-adapted to where those drop off and I'm only producing beta-hydroxybutyrate as markers, and am looking for a home-based test that's accurate (the Abbott Labs unit on the market I didn't find to be accurate).
I stay mindful of the enormous amount of commercial inducement behind most food "programming" in public spaces now. It helped me learn and take control of my psychological conditioning to food, and makes it far easier to ignore most enticements to eat when I don't have to eat for nutritional needs. I also remind myself that in my work travels entertaining clients I've already eaten the absolute, quintessential best of nearly every kind of food one is likely to find in daily (and not-so-daily) life, and no matter what is placed in front of me, I don't need to eat it for entertainment/enjoyment value, only for nutrition. The only exceptions I will make to this are true once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences like sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro that I haven't done yet. Fasting is an enormous aid in reinforcing my mindfulness and attitude.
I learned to eat to my macros and calculated TDEE requirements. I do once a week cooking of my proteins, portioning out during that session, and extremely simple meal plans. It helps that I'm not subject to taste fatigue; I don't mind at all eating the exact same menu for weeks and months on end. These days I will usually have sauteed ground beef (from the fattiest one I can find) in a patty form, broccoli florets (I cut what little stems I can find on even these florets, as that is the part that packs in a bunch of carbs), all cooked in bacon or beef grease, and grated Parmesan for Meal Type 1, and slow-cooked chicken breast and olive oil mayonnaise for Meal Type 2. I rapidly portion out the mayo, cheese and florets on a kitchen scale with a tare function. I will experiment with duckonnaise and baconnaise next, as I'm trying to move away from packaged foods where I can.
I look for the cheapest coupon offerings of proteins that I can find in the weekly circulars when I need to stock up, then buy an entire month's worth in a single trip, and cram it all in my deep freeze. Between this and once a week cooking, I have freed up a ton of time to enjoy with my family and not detract from my business.
Something like this maybe?
Nine bucks, free shipping.
I like this one because it fits easily into my purse - [link]
American Weigh Scales Black Blade Digital Pocket Scale, BL-1KG-BLK 1000 by 0.1 G [link]
This is the one I use.
Just search Amazon for "scale" and sift through the bathroom scales. I've seen plenty of people with this one (myself included).
I'll throw this scale into the mix. I love it for salts, hops and small grain amounts.
This is the one I use. I'm planning on bringing it to work and getting something bigger for the kitchen at home.
I'll save a post here. How about these here?
I got this scale from amazon a few years ago. I've never used it for food, but it's very accurate and easy to use , I love it ( ˘ ³˘)❤
I reccommend getting Spottify on your phone. Even if you don't pay for the full version, it's amazing. Then I don't have to pick individual songs/bands! haha. We've been listening to the Hobbit soundtracks a lot...
And ohman. I have a lot of things on my list. Most of the Funko list is $10 or less, and this pocket scale is on my food and fitness wishlist for weighing portions and quantities for recipes.
Congrats on Prime. It's a game changer.
if you wanna buy a scale i would suggest this one. a friend and i have it and its really nice and small. [link]
Get a portable digital scale like this one and measure your food. That should make it easier to to determine the calories.
Yes, they should absolutely be done by weight. That's 100 times more accurate.
But if OP doesn't have a scale (even though they are crazy cheap), spitballing it with a measuring cup will be better than doing nothing.
At any rate, I still think that seems like way too much of both. I usually put in about 1-2 grams of each, and my water here is relatively soft (30ppm calcium).
For just a little more (less then $1) you can get the blade model which includes 2 trays of different sizes (little one holds up to about an 1/8 and the big one holds just under an ounce).