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Old 03-21-2012, 03:20 AM   #1
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For you experienced AG brewers, do you have any suggestions on good digital thermometers that you use for measuring strike water, mash temps, sparge water, etc.?

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Old 03-21-2012, 03:32 AM   #2
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I use this one: http://www.amazon.com/Component-Design-1751000-ProAccurate-Thermometer/dp/B00064BCPM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1332300583&sr=8-2

Waterproof, fast, and accurate. It's been going for over a year with double duty (cooking and homebrewing) on the same battery.

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Old 03-21-2012, 03:35 AM   #3
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Thermoworks Thermapen. Awesome, works great for brewing (and for BBQ, meats, sauces, etc.). Pricey, but works perfectly for brewing!

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Old 03-21-2012, 04:45 AM   #4
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+1 to the Thermapen. Best.Damn.Investment.EVAR. I use it everywhere. Not just brewing, but cooking, etc. You'll never have to buy another portable thermometer ever.

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Old 03-21-2012, 04:59 AM   #5
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It's probably a little premature, but CDN is coming out with their thermapen competition in mid April. As far as I can tell, it's a direct copy but it's waterproof rather than splash proof and it will absolutely be cheaper. I should have my first shipment 3rd week of April and I think it will be priced around $60 give or take.

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Awesome Bobby.. had no idea they were doing that.

I've had my Thermapen for about 5 years and abuse the hell out of it. I've even dropped it into my HLT. After drying it out without the batteries in it the thing fired right back up. I can definitely see where a waterproof version would be a big deal for me.

Though I have to tell you given the abuse I've put my thermapen through I can't imagine retiring it until it blows up

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Old 03-21-2012, 06:15 AM   #7
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Thermapen ... Hands down. In a hobby/profession that relies on temperatures being absolutely spot on, why skimp on a thermometer?

http://www.thermoworks.com/blog/2010/10/side-by-side-testing/

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It's probably a little premature, but CDN is coming out with their thermapen competition in mid April. As far as I can tell, it's a direct copy but it's waterproof rather than splash proof and it will absolutely be cheaper. I should have my first shipment 3rd week of April and I think it will be priced around $60 give or take.
Bah! My splash proof thermapen arrived last week!
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I'm not making any argument at all that the thermapen isn't awesome. I'm sure it is. I'm just happy that there may be an equal or better option coming for less. Maybe they'll drop the price to compete. We all win. Once I get my hands on the CDN and verify that it's great, I'll pony up for the Thermapen to be sure they are on par before I advertise it as a thermapen killer.

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Call me crazy, but I got a good deal on eBay for a Fluke 51-2 digital thermometer. It's pretty slick, although not as convenient as a 1-piece unit:

Fluke 51-2

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