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I like this AWS scale, I researched pretty hard to find it. Good resolution, battery or wall power, and a long auto shut off function (like 10 min) so I can do a pourover with the mug right on the scale.
Might not have the capacity for a full Chemex though.
The Hario scale is pretty, and has a built in timer. Other than that, it's very pricey compared to other scales. I'm a big fan of the American Weigh Scale LB-3000, it goes from metric to imperial with a .1G resolution, comes with an AC adapter, the display is backlit, and it has a built in cover. If you want to get super detailed, you can get calibration weights and make extra sure your ratios are spot on.
I just bought an AWS LB-3000 and like it so far, I'm still new though. I wanted to get something I was sure would fit my Chemex would fit but still work with a pourover. I don't think the pictures do it justice, it makes it look larger than it is. Uses 4 AA batteries, 5+ minute shutoff time, white backlit screen that you can turn the backlighting off, and comes with a power supply if you want to use it. If I'm pouring steady or filling up the aeropress with it, I usually stop couple grams shy of where I want it because there is a slight delay, maybe a half second behind?
Smooth so far though.
I've been using the AWS 3kg. I'm not at home, but I'd guess it's ~3.5" tall. There just isn't room for that under the portofilter. Even with the drip tray removed.
The Lunar is certainly an option. Was hoping someone else had solved this issue with a less expensive solution. (And then I remembered it was espresso we were talking about. lol)
I use a scale. This is the one I use. It's cheap, but far more accurate than the kitchen scales you'll get at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for twice the price that only round to the nearest gram or tenth of an ounce.
As far as which numbers to use, meat is a tricky one. No two cuts of meat will have the exact same grams of fat and protein, but it's not worth worrying about. If the package has nutrition info on it, I use that. If not I try to find the info from the USDA. Last resort is to look at all the options in MFP and find what the averages are and choose one of those.
I recently bought the AWS LB-3000 and so far so good.
Less than $30. Has a backlit screen, 0.1g precision, ability to save weights of different objects and add them up.
It also comes with a stupid little bowl that I'm tempted to throw away but can't seem to do for whatever reason :)
That's reassuring. I also happened across the American Weigh LB-3000 model too which has a slightly larger platform of 5 inches which I'm considering more than the smaller model due to that.
Thanks for the recommendation of that one as I didn't notice it before and it seems to be 5.5 inches in diameter according to the amazon questions section. My only concern with it vs the LB-3000 I happened across is that the Ozeri has a resolution of 1g while the American Weigh is 0.5g. Do you find that the lower resolution is a problem at all? I'm not too sure if that will have an impact on coffee making, but if it helps I would also use the scale when cooking things that are aided by weighing (flour, eggs, etc).
American Weigh Scales LB3000
Plus sides are its cheaper than hario, prime eligible, and can be battery or wall charged. When it's wall charged it doesn't auto off.
oh and it measures in increments of .1 gram
No problem! Also, a 0.1g precision scale like this to measure your dose!
No problem! If absolute least expensive isn't an issue, consider how you might use it. Might you get into other supplements? Then consider goijg for higher precision. Do you want to weigh kilos you order without having to split it up? Then consider maximum capacity. Do you anticipate doing trades, sales, or rebagging anything? Then consider looking for one with a AC adapter that keeps the power from timing out. It is a huge pain in the ass to have to constantly turn it back on during the course of a project. I use two - this 3000g x 0.1 came with the husband and this200g x 0.01. The smaller one is an ascher elite brand but I see no difference between the Ascher and the American Weigh brand. I also just bought this one because it looks more funner. I have given that smaller one and this one to different people based on what's less expensive at the time and everyone seems happy with it.
When I started my own DIY adventure in January, I ordered those very same cobalt dropper bottles on Amazon and I agree that they're complete crap. The dropper separated completely from the cap on one bottle and the dropper cap cracked on another one. So that's two lost out of twelve. Where were you when I was getting started? LOL
The AWS scale that I purchased is bigger than the one you listed, but it's very sturdy and accurate. It does come with calibration weights and a power supply so you don't have to swap batteries, but after three months I haven't had to swap yet or plug in the power supply. Also, you only need to calibrate it if you end up moving it around like I do (I don't have a dedicated space for mixing juice) or you notice that the measurement fluctuating on the display and you haven't placed anything on it yet.
ELR has been a huge help for me, probably moreso than this sub has been. It has helped me immensely in seeing what ingredients go in what recipes and I hope that one day I'll get really smart about mixing and be able to start contributing my own recipes :)
I haven't had any experience with ecigExpress thus far, but I believe they have a bigger flavor selection than anybody else. I do find that their prices are a wee bit higher than Bull City Vapor. I'll probably start buying items that are out of stock at BCV or that they don't carry. Also, BCV is located in North Carolina (I live in Virginia) so shipping is super fast for me (I placed an order with them at 9PM on Thursday and I got it on Saturday).The best thing about them is that they put their flavors in their own dripper bottles instead of just putting a cap on them like Wizard Labs does. That being said, I'll see if I can just take the dripper off and use my pipettes instead.
I first ordered my PG/VG from Wizard Labs when I started DIY, but recently switched to buying from Essential Depot on Amazon. At $11 for a quart of each, I can make around 40 30ml bottles before I need to re-up on my VG supply. The PG will last me a lot longer than that. The nicotine I bought from Wizard Labs was 120ml at 100mg VG. Looking back now I think that it was a mistake to do the VG base and will change that to PG next time I order more nicotine.
You make a very important point about shaking the flavors before adding them to a mix. It ensures that the flavor is well-combined because the contents of the bottle that it came in WILL separate if you don't use them for a while.
Thanks for a great post!
There are options for the scale IIRC, imma check
Edit: NVM, it was this one [link]
What he means is, if you're measuring ingredients in ml, you're doing it wrong. Get a digital scale with a 0.01g resolution ( [link] - you want the 500g one ) and mix your juice by weight. I have a spreadsheet that I can share :
( [link] )
For instance, I can tell you my last batch consisted of 39.38g of 24 mg/ml VG nic base, 244.13g straight VG, 5.20g TFA Lemon, 18.20g TFA Vanilla Cupcake, and 2.60g TFA sweetener. Easy peasy.
This is the one I have. 3000g capacity, .1g resolution, battery or wall powered. Its just not very sleek lookin, which can be a negative for some. Its a steal for $24 and prime.
As a side note, This website says your load cells could be wet. You could have gotten it wet, it could have gotten wet in transit, who knows. You should try to get a refund.
I have this one and love it. [link]
You can remove the big bowl and the cover and it looks like a normal scale. Works great.
AWS LB-3000 is not too much money, but may be for some people.