Originally Posted by Lil' Sparky
Can you use that probe in a weldless fitting in a MLT just like you can a regular probe thermo? How sturdy is it? I'd hate to damage it with my mash paddle. It also looks very long. How long is it? Or is this just a sanity check device for digital thermos?
The probe I got is 12 inches long and it is a little flimsy. Not ideal but it was only $10 brand new. The place I got it from is an overstock/discontinued item liquidator. I looked it up on the place it originally came from and they sold it for a lot more, but that particular one was discontinued. I might buy a piece of larger stainless tubing to reinforce it. I'm still just poking the probe in on top the mash for my temps.
You can get any type K probe with a mini connector an it will work with the thermometer so I'm sure you can find one or have one made how you want it. I plan on using this little guy as a primary thermometer along with my fermentap bi-metal just to have a secondary check when brewing. It's really annoying when you think you are mashing in at 154 and find out it was probably only 148 due to a crappy thermo. I need to check the calibration on the dial thermo in my HLT too.