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Old 04-27-2009, 01:42 PM   #1
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Default 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?

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Old 04-27-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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Thermapen.



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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:



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



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.

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I love my thermocouple.

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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.

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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.

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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...
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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.
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Thermapen.
Exactly, they are on sale right now too.

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



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