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Old 02-26-2007, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default El Cheapo Digital Thermo from TJ Maxx...works!

Well, I saw this $30 Polder digital thermo/timer at TJ maxx (I was there because wifey asked me to find some utensil, not because I shop there. I actually despise the place) a few weeks back for $16. It's one of those dealies with the home unit and a sheathed cord ending in a stainless probe. They say not to submerse the point where the probe meets the cord. I got it for the mash temps, and I finally had a chance to try it out last weekend. It actually works great. What I did was hang the half-U-shaped probe over the side of the tun so that the end was in the mash. Then I just put the lid on, and it held it in place. I then had realtime mash temps. Sweet! And having a timer on it is very nice...all in one unit! I was skeptical, given the price, but I tested it with my other thermometer, and it's accurate. I just have to be careful so as to not get the probe connection submersed.

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... (I was there because wifey asked me to find some utensil, not because I shop there. I actually despise the place)...
SURE... 'cause when I want to buy a partiuclar utensil, I never go to Target or Linens + Things - I hit up the Maxx...
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Actually, Polder makes some fairly good kitchen equipment. I have the digital kitchen scale and it is pretty good. I also have a small digital thermometer for the kitchen.

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Old 02-26-2007, 07:18 PM   #4
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SURE... 'cause when I want to buy a partiuclar utensil, I never go to Target or Linens + Things - I hit up the Maxx...
Hehe, right, I know. Actually she was looking for something on the cheap, and we happened to be in the same shopping center. Man, that store is almost as depressing as Marshalls.
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Old 02-26-2007, 07:21 PM   #5
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Hehe, right, I know. Actually she was looking for something on the cheap, and we happened to be in the same shopping center. Man, that store is almost as depressing as Marshalls.
You know Marshall's is owned by TJ Maxx, right?
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Just a heads up, they say not to get the cable wet and that includes steam. I've had mine go haywire on me so many times I gave up on it.

If it does lock up on you put the probe in the oven @160 degrees for about 15 minutes...

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Silicone tubing over the wire and onto the first 2" of probe. Fill the silicone with keg lube just in case. #60 O-ring under or over the tubing at the probe. I'll take a pic when i get a chance. I had this thing submerged in a rolling boil for an hour and no leaks.

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Just a heads up, they say not to get the cable wet and that includes steam. I've had mine go haywire on me so many times I gave up on it.

If it does lock up on you put the probe in the oven @160 degrees for about 15 minutes...
If by haywire you mean starts reading 50-150 degrees high, then I've only seen that 3 times in a row. I got some NIST certified waterproof thermometer recommended here a while back, I'll try it out next time. Better work, it cost $50 after shipping, but I was tired of broken thermometers 30 mins into the mash.
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:50 AM   #9
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So what's a good cheap thermometer to use? I'm using an extremely cheap piece o' crap right now and I should probably upgrade for AG brewing. Any reasonably-priced recommendations?

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I got mine at Target for $17 and the silicone tubing from Petsmart $3. I already had the keg lube and O-ring.

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