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Offline Pizza69

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Digital Scale Question???
« on: June 07, 2013, 07:33:00 PM »
Question #1  I have a Taylor scale however it only reads to 0.0    Will I need to purchase a scale that will measure 0.00?

If the answer to the question is YES I will need to purchase a scale that will measure 0.00 then what brand name do you suggest?

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Re: Digital Scale Question???
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2013, 09:47:51 PM »
Which scale do you have? See:

Taylor USA | Food Scales - Kitchen

If your scale is one of the ones that measures in .1 ounce/1 gram increments it will work if you don't mind working with grams. If you'd rather work with ounces you might want something a little more precise.

Hope it helps. :)

Edit: s/you'll probably/you might/
« Last Edit: June 07, 2013, 09:55:32 PM by dsissitka »

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Re: Digital Scale Question???
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2013, 12:36:41 AM »
Gary,

Bob introduced me to the small digital scale that he had at Reply 982 http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,3940.msg167169.html#msg167169   I then purchased one and showed a photo of it at Reply 1017 http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,3940.msg167956.html#msg167956  I really like that small digital scale.

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Re: Digital Scale Question???
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2013, 09:25:44 AM »
Gary, I use the AWS 1000. I prefer to weigh in grams and 0.0 is fine. I suggest you also purchase a calibration weight if you do't have one. 500g is good.
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Re: Digital Scale Question???
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2013, 09:38:36 AM »
If you're talking about 0.0 grams then it will be fine, but if you mean 0.0 ounces then it will only be good for weighing flour and water.

0.1 ounces is 2.54 grams, which is not precise enough for the smaller ingredients like salt, sugar, and especially yeast. I have made batches of dough with a fraction of a gram of yeast, so a 2.54g resolution won't do.

I purchased one of these almost a year ago and it has worked very well for me:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001N07KUE/?tag=pizzamaking-20

It was $19.99 when I bought it, but $25 isn't too bad when you consider that that includes shipping. I use this scale for everything except yeast, which I use the AWS-100 scale that Norma and Mark mentioned above. It has a resolution of 0.01 grams, but its small size makes it difficult to measure flour and water with IMO. The AWS-100 is only $8.98 on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-Signature-AWS-100-Digital/dp/B0012LOQUQ/?tag=pizzamaking-20
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Re: Digital Scale Question???
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2013, 10:59:28 AM »
Don K

One pound is 454g, divided by 16 equals 28.375g per ounce.  0.1 ounce should be 2.8375 g?

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Re: Digital Scale Question???
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2013, 11:05:13 AM »
Gary, when talking about a scale, we talk about resolution and accuracy, which are different.  First Resolution - how precise are the increments displayed.  If you had a digital watch, that was radio calibrated to atomic time and never varies more than 1 second per day, but it only displayed hours and minutes-  if it said 12:00  -  you know it would be anywhere from 11:39 and 31 seconds to 12:00:29  -  so even though it was extremely accurate, its resolution is a limiting factor.  If we took a cheap digital watch, that was set one day, and we checked it the next, and we know that it either gains 15 seconds or losses 15 seconds a day, then if it showed 12:00:00  - while the resolution was more precise than the first watch, in reality, would would  know only that  it was between 11:59:45 and 12:00:15.    So when you look at a scale, you want to know the resolution and the accuracy.  Generally, the resolution in grams is better since, as pointed out, there are 28.35 grams to the ounce . Usually, you don't need a resolution below 1 gram for flour or water, since the amounts are generally so large, a gram either way is insignificant.  When you get to small batches and  you need 5.6 grams of salt,  a scale that has a resolution of 1 gram means at best you have somewhere between 5.5 grams and 6.4 grams, and it gets worse when you get to yeast since it is so light.  I have taken to measuring yeast by volume,  alternatively, you get one scale for measuring the heavy ingredients, and a small pocket scale for measuring to the tenth of a gram for salt and yeast.   
 
 

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Re: Digital Scale Question???
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2013, 11:21:16 AM »
Don K

One pound is 454g, divided by 16 equals 28.375g per ounce.  0.1 ounce should be 2.8375 g?

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andyt

You are right andyt...my bad. 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters. That's what I was thinking. :-[

My point is still valid though.
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Re: Digital Scale Question???
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2013, 03:08:48 PM »
Don

I agree your point is valid.  I have just purchased the two scales you mentioned.  Thanks for the recommendation.

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