Digital kitchen scale with 1 gram (0.04 oz) resolution, 10+ lb capacity
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To measure and weigh out grain, we use an inexpensive digital kitchen scale with 1 gram (0.04 oz) resolution and 10 lb maximum capacity (shown in picture) with a 5 quart mixing bowl.
The resolution of 1 gram (0.04 oz) is more than precise enough. For measuring grain even 1 oz would be fine but most kitchen scales we've seen are 10-20 lb max / 1 gram resolution. 10 pounds is more than the hopper on our grain mill (and mixing bowl) can handle so there's no need for a larger capacity scale.
Digital kitchen scale and 5 quart mixing bowl
The mixing bowl is first placed on the scale, the zero / tare button is pressed to zero the scale, and then grain is added and measured as required by the recipe we're following. We typically measure out grain in 4-5 lb increments. Just enough to fill the mixing bowl.
The scale is also used to measure and weight dry malt extract (DME) for making yeast starters. For more information see our Making a Yeast Starter guide.
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