Buyers’ Guide: Brewery Scales

(Relatively) fresh from the recent BeerX trade show, organised by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), we thought it a good time to write a guide to brewery scales. We spoke to dozens of breweries over the three day event, many with different needs and requirements - no two breweries are the same, it appears!

Marsden weighing scales can be found in many breweries now - most choosing the waterproof B-100 Bench Scale. However, there are some breweries who need something a little bigger, some breweries who need a Trade Approved option, and some breweries who just want something small and affordable.

So - if you need a new weighing scale to either improve your brewing process, ensure the right quantities are leaving your premises - or the right quantities are arriving at your premises! - read on...

For weighing out grain in bulk

We recently spoke to The Brew Shed, a brewery that chose our B-100 and IP-2101 for ingredients weighing.

As this case study shows, the B-100 - despite its relatively small size (the pan is 190 x 230mm) - makes a great scale for weighing out grain. The Brew Shed weigh out the grain in buckets, taring off the bucket weight beforehand, 15kg at a time.

The waterproof casing of the B-100 means it doesn’t matter if the scale gets wet. You can drop it in water and it’ll still work!

Alternatively, if you need to weigh out much larger quantities in one go - either in sacks or buckets - we’d recommend the HSS-I-200. Its IP67 rating means it can still be used in damp and wet environments, and a range of base sizes (up to 600 x 600mm) and capacities (from 3kg to 150kg) make this a hugely useful, versatile scale.

The B-200 is a lower-priced alternative - particularly popular with breweries because of the range of capacities (right up to 300kg!) and the separate indicator, which can be wall-mounted. We even have a video of the B-200 being demonstrated in a brewery!

For weighing out the smaller ingredients

There will likely be times when you need to weigh out smaller amounts of ingredients, and a greater degree of accuracy will be required. For example, small quantities of hops, or maybe fruit.

Top of the list for this role would be our IP-2101. It has a 5kg capacity, with accuracy to 1g - plus, its IP65 rating means it can be wiped down to keep hygienic, and would be able to withstand damp environments. It’s small and easy to use, too.

A more durable, premium alternative would be the KW-210. This bench scale has a higher IP rating - 67 - so it’s more suitable for damp, brewing environments. It can be easily wiped down, it has an in-built rechargeable battery that’ll last 800 hours or more - and there’s a 10kg option, too.

Finally, there’s the brand new B-800 - our little portion control scale, which is incredibly easy to use - and currently just £60+VAT!

For weighing bottled beer

Whilst at BeerX, we spoke to a bottling company, who needed a Trade Approved weighing scale - of course, when selling items based on their weight, an approved weighing scale must always be used.

If you like the idea of the B-100 - stainless steel, waterproof, battery powered - but need an approved scale, the DS-673SS is the one you need. This Class III scale has an IP68 rated casing, rechargeable battery that provides 40 hours’ use, and a choice of either 6kg or 15kg capacities. That’ll keep Trading Standards happy!

If the 250 x 290mm dimensions of the DS-673SS aren’t quite enough, the HSS-I-100APP should fit the bill.

As the name suggests, it’s approved - and is available with a choice of capacities, graduations and base sizes. Treat it as either a floor scale or a bench scale, depending on the room you have available, and how many bottles you’re weighing in one go. Stainless steel (304 food grade), IP65 casing means it’s tailor-made for humid environments, and being wiped down to keep clean.

We can also alter the column height to your needs - just get in touch with us to find out more.

Currently, there’s the DS-530 Floor Scale in our clearance range, at £145+VAT - and this is an option worth considering. It won’t withstand damp conditions in the same way as the scales above - but it can be wiped down, and is available in a choice of capacities up to 300kg!

For bulk weighing - from bulk ingredients to casks

Finally, for weighing much larger items, have a look at our range of platform scales.

Aspall Cider recently purchased a couple of PSS-I-100SS platform scales for weighing out apple juice in 1,000 litre containers, and bins of apples of rejected apples.

This stainless steel PSS has an IP rating of 67, so great for damp environments - and washing down. There are two size options, and ramps can also be purchased. With ramps, pallet trucks can be rolled onto the platform.

Capacities are available up to 3000kg.

These weigh beams are another option - again, IP67, but much more portable than a platform scale. The multi-functional indicator can be connected to a printer for keeping a record of weights! A Trade Approved option is also available.

If you’re still not sure which weighing scales you need for your brewery, we’ll be happy to help. Just get in touch with us here - or keep up to date with our special offers for breweries in the SIBA Classifieds!

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