Is this overkill for a home baker and how does this scale compare to what others are using?
..... so he's using a more expensive rig than a home baker would use. Here's what I've been using since 2007 (not exactly the type, but the price range) for my home baking:
Something like this, which is dust resistant, can be washed with water sprays, and can be certified legal for trade:
But if you poke around that site you can find scales with any set of features your gadget-loving or gadget-hating heart may desire in the $35 - $75 range (or up to $250 if you really like to play with toys).
$1200 bucks.. I'd say that would be overkill for the home baker. lol
This is what I've been using for the last 1 1/2 years.
It's compact, inexpensive, and you can put it in your overhead bin bag when flying.
Have always wanted a scale that weighs in millimeters (according to the description). LOL.
He's using a scale by Ohaus. I suspect it's probably the Ranger or Trooper model, and I think they range between $300 to $400 in price. They're known to be very exact.
I've found that for weighing yeast for pre-ferments you often need a finer resolution that most home kitchen scales will do i.e. 0.1 gram resolution.
Scales that have a reasonable capacity (3-5kg) with this degree of resolution get expensive fast. A hundred (US) dollars is a starting point. Beyond this are trade-legal and then you move onto scientific balances (which get to 0.01 gram resolutions and even smaller) and have all sorts of fancy data ports and self-calibratiing mechanisms. These bad boys run from hundreds and into thousands.
Obviously such exactness as scientific balances are generally considered overkill.
I have presently abandoned the idea of "one scale to rule them all" as being too expensive, so have a two scale set up. A 3kg x 1g scale and a second smaller 200g x 0.01g balance for yeast, salt and other small quantity ingredients.
I've gone the 2-scale route myself with a MyWeigh Axe (300g / 0.05g) to back up my iWeigh 5000. But if you are interested in one scale that does both, here is a link for a supplier with scales in the 1000g+ capacity range with 0.1g resolution, starting at $45:
Good looking shop, and yes, some nicely priced scales (although the >3kg x 0.1g scales are still over $100).
Too bad they don't ship outside the "good ol' USA". Unfortunately for those of us that live in the rest of the world, shipping costs from your good country also tend to kill the deal (note to self: must open an international courier company).
Ohaus Go to www.breadhitz.com I have one and LOVE it. I can put my bowl and any amount of ingredients in the bowl.
Pam,which one of the 4 scales did you purchase from breadhitz?
I bought an Ohaus EB15. I really use this scale all the time...most smaller scales will not weight my heavy mixing bowl and lots and lots of ingredients. It will weigh lbs, ozs, grams, kg. I have a tiny scale that I use to weight salt, yeast, etc. I buy good equipment and have never been disappointed.