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Old 02-21-2006, 05:18 AM   #1
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Does anyone have experiance with an infrared thermometer gun?

I was wondering if it would show accurate results when pointed at the liquid in your HLT.

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Old 02-21-2006, 07:14 AM   #2
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You might find some help here.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...light=infrared

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You mean this type? Infrared gun



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Does anyone have experiance with an infrared thermometer gun?

I was wondering if it would show accurate results when pointed at the liquid in your HLT.
I have one and will be brewing this weekend. I'll give it a try and let you know what I find.

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Old 02-23-2006, 01:49 AM   #7
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I have one and I get some good readings and bad ones. For the most part it works. But a regular Thermometer workd best.

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I've used them industrially. They are used when (1) you can't reach what you're trying to measure (2) what you're measuring is moving (3) it is too dangerous to get near what you're measuring. They are less accurate than simpler methods. It is also necessary to calibrate the IR thermometer for the specific measurement conditions. For brewing, that would mean a calibration for each different recipe and amount of steam.

My advice: Go to Target and spent $25 on a Taylor electronic thermometer with an immersible probe.

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Unfortunatly, that type of thermometer only measures surface tempertures and will not accuratly measure the mash tempertures.

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Unfortunatly, that type of thermometer only measures surface tempertures and will not accuratly measure the mash tempertures.
True! i use a tn2 thermometer,i use it check mash liquor temp then switch to a spirit thermometer for the mash,then back to the tn2 for everything else,i find it most usful for checking fermentation temp as i dont like to mess with the wort once it's fermenting,i use 5 gallon plastic fermenters with a 4" screw top with airlock and simply take a reading from the outside middle portion of the drum.works great for that.
It was a pain to calibrate when i first got it though!
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