Weighing hops

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    In case you lost or broke your scale (or don't have one, like me), here's how I figure hops for small batches. Pretty crude, but effective.
     

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    So you halved it then quartered it to get your amount you wanted good idea I suppose you know the total weight so a quarter of that should weigh a certain amount.
     
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    Much more scientific than my method. When I have a half ounce hop addition, I rip open the pack, hold what I think is half back, and dump in the rest!
     
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    Oh jeez ...that would make my brain itch !
    All my hops are weighed to 0.1 g
    Late additions I don't get as fussy but bittering charge is exact
    Dry hops are sometimes whatever is left in packet
     
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    I have disposable hinkley and schmidtt cups that i have weighed n the past and now just eyeball.:)
     
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    Dude, you can tell the difference down to a tenth of a gram?!? I'm in awe...
     
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    Kind of counting on the amount printed on the packet to be halfway accurate, I guess...
     
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    For what it's worth, I've found the bags I get are a little over an ounce if I have to weigh it out for multiple additions. YCH hops I believe
     
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    I can't tell the difference but own jewellers scales .
    I'm just a little bit CDO
     
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    Yeah i weigh out all me hops but the digital scales i use arnt terribly accurate im more anal with measureing brewing salts
     
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    I hate to say it but I use a jewelery scale thats been calibrated to the gram which is what i set it at, even hop dust is weighed
     
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    I have used that same process in the past!
     
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    A scale accurate to 0.1g is fairly cheap. I have one.
     
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    I wish I had a metric squirrel around here. I'd ask him how much of an ounce is a tenth of a gram!
     
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    They are dirt cheap , mine also measure in grains and carat not that i'll ever need those
     
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    0.0035274 oz don't ask for that as a fraction
     
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    Yeah, I already looked that up. Too many leading zeroes for me to worry about such an amount. Half an ounce is as low as I get. I'm not going to bother with amounts less than that! Round up to a half ounce, or round down to none.
     
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    If its working for you then why change , my batch size and the AA % of my bittering charge means I pay pretty close attention to it .
    I'm usually trying to get 30% of my total IBU early and the rest as late addition for my APA / XPA
     
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    How do you folks store your unused leftover hops? Will they keep in a baggie in the fridge or freezer for a few weeks? Hops are pretty pricy around here -- $2-3 per ounce is pretty typical. I suppose I could always use the last half ounce for dry hopping or just toss it in at the end of the boil -- probably won't make much difference in a five gallon batch.
     
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    CDO!
     

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