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chrisbarnes5000 04-27-2009 01:42 PM

Recomend a digital thermometer
 
So my last two brew days were stressful as hell. First my dial thermoms wouldn't stay in calibration. Then I bought a nice floating thermom which broke halfway through the brew day. I am tired of the crappy thermoms. Could some one recommend a good digital thermometer?

Thanks

jldc 04-27-2009 03:20 PM

Thermapen.

Evan! 04-27-2009 03:32 PM

I'm somewhat of an veteran on this, having been burned by two $40 digital waterproof (but not heatproof past 122f, I found out) thermos. After being told that I wast stupid for not "knowing" that the sheathing on those thermometers was only rated to 122f, even though none of the literature said so, and subsequently writing a scathing letter to the company, they gave me a refund for both failed thermometers. When I spoke to the company that made the failed ones, they said that those were not good for beer brewing, and recommended a "Type K" thermocouple.

So with my refund $$ from the previous failed ones, I purchased this indicator:

http://thermoworks.com/products/hand...tc-front-B.gif

...and a type-K probe (scroll down to "PTFE/FEP Tip Probes", I bought model #113-372-T):

http://thermoworks.com/products/prob...irettprobe.gif

I drilled a small hole in my mash cooler lid to feed the probe into the mash, and have been very happy with it. You can find the indicator and probe for less $$ on eBay, but after all those failed thermometers, I wanted the peace of mind of a supplier-backed warranty.

lowlife 04-27-2009 03:52 PM

I love my thermocouple.

humann_brewing 04-27-2009 04:25 PM

This is good advice. I am wondering if I could just get one of the Type K temp probes like Evan mentioned (...and a type-K probe (scroll down to "PTFE/FEP Tip Probes", I bought model #113-372-T)

and plug it into my multi meter with has a temperature option that takes a Type K as the input.

Craftsman Professional Multimeter with Temperature Measurement - Model 81077 at Sears.com

Has anyone tried this? I wouldn't mind skipping the $40 for the handheld portion if I can.

raceskier 04-27-2009 04:34 PM

The Good Cook LCD thermometer available at a lot of grocery stores for about $15 tracks my much more expensive NIST certified unit within a fraction of a degree.

Evan! 04-27-2009 05:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by humann_brewing (Post 1286933)
This is good advice. I am wondering if I could just get one of the Type K temp probes like Evan mentioned (...and a type-K probe (scroll down to "PTFE/FEP Tip Probes", I bought model #113-372-T)

and plug it into my multi meter with has a temperature option that takes a Type K as the input.

Craftsman Professional Multimeter with Temperature Measurement - Model 81077 at Sears.com

Has anyone tried this? I wouldn't mind skipping the $40 for the handheld portion if I can.

If it says it takes type k probes, then I see no reason why it wouldn't work...

humann_brewing 04-27-2009 05:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Evan! (Post 1287044)
If it says it takes type k probes, then I see no reason why it wouldn't work...

Yep it does, it came with a probe too but I doubt that it is water proof or heat proof as you found with your previous models.

Right now it is just a neat toy to turn on and see how warm it is in the garage.

Tonedef131 04-27-2009 05:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jldc (Post 1286768)
Thermapen.

Exactly, they are on sale right now too.

ThermoWorks - Home of the Original Super-Fast Thermapen!

Kuglehaus 04-27-2009 05:53 PM

Harbor Freight... at $4.. get 4 of em.... they work great for me.


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