@sp3ar I have a scale that goes to 100th’s of a gram and it’s so sensitive that the air conditioner breeze will change the values. You need to cover whatever you’re weighing in something clear so you can see the values and that’s inconvenient.
@cengland0@sp3ar And you’re going to need to control the storage humidity of whatever material you’re weighing, because most human consumable materials tend to be hygroscopic. (Except for maybe water or oil). Then there’s temperature, maybe oxidation…
@mehcuda67 I’m not going to need to control storage humidity because I’m not one of those ingredient snobs who thinks 0.1 gram difference in the pancake mix is going to make any difference in the final product – not that I can tell anyway.
@cengland0 Weight measurements are more accurate than volumetric, particularly for small granular materials like coffee grounds or flour that will naturally settle in their containers.
For fun, buy this scale, do your usual scoop thing, but before you put the coffee in to brew, weigh it. Do that for a few days, record the weights, and gaze, awestruck, at the couple of grams of variation from day to day. Will it really have any impact on the flavor of your coffee? Almost certainly not, but you’ll have ten or fifteen fewer dollars to worry about.
Not a horrible experience, but if you don’t know how to make pie crust, weighing your ingredients the first 6 or 7 times you make it so you get a feel for what the right moisture content the finished product is supposed to have is pretty invaluable. Think of it as a replacement for whatever family member taught you how to bake for those not fortunate enough to have that experience.
@jatinb supports Android for everything but coffee app.
Motif Mentor | for iOS | Not Available for Android
Perfect Drink | for iOS | for Android
Perfect Bake | for iOS | for Android
Perfect Blend | for iOS | for Android
@Woody1 I came here to say almost exactly this. There is literally no practical reason why this scale cannot have a built-in LCD display. Forcing the use of an app is absurd for something like this product.
Sorry Android users, the Motif Mentor app (for coffee) only works with iOS.
Real talk: if this scale had a screen, it would be way pricier and we probably wouldn’t be selling it
…so, if you’re a bit into Rube Goldberg, this gadget appears to be the ideal way to put that old iPhone or Touch collecting dust in the obsolete drawer… back into highly dedicated action. (As long as it runs iOS 8.0 or newer.)
@Aspirant_Fool looks like the idea is the app leads you through the recipe, put bowl on scale, screen tells you what to add, and when to stop adding, then you add the next ingredient etc, adding to the same bowl, without needing to tare.
If you are going to use it in this way, I can see it being useful, but if you just need to weigh a couple of ingredients, it’s more complicated to use a phone screen.
I have a similar screen-less scale (that works on Android, ha!) which was pretty neat back when I was weighing all of my food to have more accurate nutritional info as I learned proper portion sizes. The correct portion sizes for a lot of foods were absolutely shocking to me when I discovered them this way. Especially when eating out. At restaurants, I could discreetly put the scale under my plate and casually glance at the phone screen (looking just like everybody else at restaurants ) as I scooped the excess mashed potatoes, or what have you, off. Noone was the wiser. Except me. I think I somehow got wiser.
Happy no sale day. I drink mostly plain water. No scale needed. The color of my output reminds me how to adjust each day. Too light(white) means too much beer. Too dark means not enough water. Pale color means just right. Nighty night my fellow drunkards!
While I wouldn’t say the android apps are not official, since they seem to be from the same company, their android support appears to be lacking, to the point that the company website link in the android store goes to a site that they have let the domain expire. The IOS apps seem to have updated their entries to at least point to a valid site.
@zippyus Kitchen scales typically have to compromise between display visibility and overall size - that is, the smaller the scale, the more likely it is that a bowl will overlap the display. I have a decent scale, but I would love to have a remote display.
@chienfou@zippyus A ‘hold’ button is only useful for measuring the weight of a static object. When cooking, you are far more likely to be watching the display as you add an ingredient - a ‘hold’ button is simply useless in such a case.
@rpstrong@zippyus Yeah. I can see that now… I often use mine to weigh fruits etc to make jams so I am doing the opposite. Using the scale to figure the wt of the main ingredient, then adjusting the other wts as needed. I virtually NEVER add ingredients to a bowl that already has stuff in it since that would be a problem if I overshot the needed amount.
@ozwiz66 That’s what I said above and I seem to have started a disagreement. I’m not going to start weighing my ingredients when the instructions and/or recipe are usually in volume (ounces, cups, teaspoons, tablespoons).
@cengland0@ozwiz66 No one is asking you to. Amateur and novice bakers and coffee makers probably don’t have a use for this. If you’re not already weighing stuff, or have no interest in doing so, it’s not for you. But there are people who are OCD about this stuff, or are trying to perfect the recipe when baking something delicate, and they would have a use for it.
Ultimately, the whole baking or coffee thing is a ruse - this is clearly for dealers.
@ozwiz66 as someone who vowed never to be that person (a coffee/scale user) i gave it a try and went from 1 in 5 cups taste amazing
to 1 in … about 1. coffee is such a strong
flavor, and sensitive to a good ratio of water to beans, that using a scale is an easy way to pour a more consistently awesome cup.
I’m almost buying it because it doesn’t have its own screen. I’m frustrated with my current digital scale - with screen - because I can’t see the readout when trying to weigh a big bowl of cabbage or the like. Having the readout off to the side would be nice. But : only 6 lbs…
If you’re buying this to use on your iPod and have an ancient one like me, don’t bother with it. The Motif Mentor app won’t install on the iPod. The meh write-up says it works on iOS 8 and up, but the app store page says it requires iOS 11. I had iOS 9 and was unable to download it.
Hmm. I already have a digital scale but it only measures whole grams which is a pain in the neck for small amounts of lightweight ingredients like salt and baking powder. It doesn’t sound as though it will work with my ipod, which I would prefer, but it will work with my phone. I’m going to have to think about it. The re-calibrating recipes on the fly does sound pretty cool.
@rpstrong All apps show the weight on the scale without needing to select a recipe. The apps let you select a recipe and allow you to scale it, after which it adjusts every ingredient on the list (same adjustment happens if you add too much of something)
@hamjudo Nothing particularly special on the insides. Looks like the same sort of strain gauge you would get from eBay, or other online vendors. Google HX711 for how to read a strain gauge with an Arduino. A 5 pack of HX711 is $7. I didn’t find a cheap way to buy just one.
Strain gauges are available in capacities from 100 grams up to multiple tonnes. With prices starting below $2 and going up. Expect to spend hundreds of dollars each if you are planning on making your own weigh station for heavy trucks.
I remember from high school days (early 70s) when a nickel bag was a quarter-z. And I [almost] remember splitting one such bag with a buddy, using a shepherd’s pipe" whose ceramic bowl would comfortably hold it all in one shot. Took us just under an hour to finish.