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Review: Cheap Scale for Homebrewing (Epica)

Chris Jensen · Dec. 19

 

I can't believe I waited as long as I did to pick up a grain scale for weighing grains and hops. For years, I'd weigh all my grains at the HBS (even for a short time after I started buying my base grains in bulk) and I'd just eyeball my hops. For what it's worth, I still don't think that latter part is a big offense as you can probably get pretty close when working with 1 oz portions of hops and your utilization is really an estimate anyways, but that's beside the point.

It was around the time that I started making starters that I realized I desperately needed a scale to weigh out my DME for the starter. So, after some hunting around online, reading lots of reviews and comparing specs, I landed on the Epica TM Accupro digital scale, available for less than $20 at Amazon. 
 
The Pros:
  • The scale is accurate to the gram (and displays weight in g, oz, lb and kg, depending on your preference)
  • It's durable: I've been using it for 2+ years and subjected it to sticky DME, water, dust and cold, and it's still working like a champ (on the original battery)
  • It's inexpensive
  • It's compact, so fits well in my crowded brewing closet
  • It's got a respectable capacity at 11 lbs
The Cons:
  • The biggest con for me is the display angle. It is not uncommon for these types of scales, but I find this scale to be a little difficult to weigh grains on as most containers I'd use to to hold and weigh grains are so large that they cover the display when set on the scale. Would be outstanding if the display was at a 90 degree angle (perpendicular to the ground) so you could see it even when stuff is set on top
  • Given the diversity of items I weigh, I'd love it if this scale could exceed the 11 lb capacity. However, to do that it would likely have to sacrifice some of its precision on the low end, so it's an acceptable trade-off
All in all, I really like this scale and would highly recommend it for your hops, grain or dry malt needs. And I'm not the only one; check out all the great reviews on Amazon. If you pick one up, I'm guessing you'll find yourself using it around the house and kitchen for more than just brewing so you'll get even more mileage out of it.
 
Photo care of Amazon + Epica. We do not own it.

 

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