Tip - permanent weight markings on all containers
How many times have we wished we knew the weight of the container on the scale after we added an ingredient in it. For instance, let’s say I put some starter seed in the container but forgot to zero it out. If I know the weight of the container, I can subtract that from the total to find the weight of the starter. For me, this is a regular occurrence.
I ordered a carbide tipped scriber that marks glass. For a modest investment of $7 I bought one. It doesn’t mark the glass very deep, but it is visible. If you mark over the scratched numbers with a black marking pen, the ink will fill the crevices. Then wipe off the ink from the glass and the scratch marks will be black. Now all of my glass containers are marked with their empty weight. I thought this might interest others. If so, you can see the tool I bought here.
Today I was mixing my dough @ 80% hydration and it felt dry, checked the bottom of the mixing bowl and got the empty weight. So I checked the spreadsheet and determined that the dough was missing 11 grams. Since it was dry, I knew it was water missing. Added in the 11g water and I was back on track.
I can’t speak for others, but for me this is a great safety net.