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Good Morning, Just a quick newbie question. I have a digital food scale and it is pretty old. I checked it this am and it is accurate for weight but it does not measure say 4.24 it will measure 4.2 if I add another .4 grams will that be accurate or do I need another scale? Thanks so much :confused:
 

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Do you mean to say that it measures to the tenth of a gram but not to the hundredth of a gram? If so, yes, that would be just fine for soaping. If you are making greater than 1 lb batches then you only need to measure to the whole gram so being able to measure to the tenths or hundredths places is a plus!
 

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Your scale should be fine. Whole grams are accurate enough
 

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So if the SoapCalc says to add 120.10 grams of Lye, if my scale only goes to 120 grams that will be ok? Sorry, but I just want to make sure that I am doing all this correctly!! LOL Thank you both for the quick answers
 

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Yes, for oils and butters always round up for lye round down. So, if it says 120.10 grams then do 120 grams. However, if it said 120.51 grams I would go to 121 grams for oils but only 120 for lye. Hope this makes sense.
 

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Yes, for oils and butters always round up for lye round down. So, if it says 120.10 grams then do 120 grams. However, if it said 120.51 grams I would go to 121 grams for oils but only 120 for lye. Hope this makes sense.
That's what I do (and SF at 8%). I'd rather have not enough lye than too much!
 

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Oh, yes that does make total sense and THANK YOU all. I so did not want to buy another scale, lol would much rather order other goodies!!!! :)
 
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