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Old 06-17-2013, 03:10 AM   #1
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Default Thermapen. Get one.

I just brewed with my new Thermapen last night. Its an investment I have been trying to fight off for years. But my mash temps have been too far swinging, and I became sick of it. This bad boy performed perfectly. Impressed, honestly. I've used several floaty thermometers, they work, but far from accurate. I have a big dial thermometer in my HLT, which brand name is escaping me. That works well, but only in the HLT. This thing works in everything.

Just a little push for anyone who has been struggling with the price tag. I finally pulled the trigger and it just made my brew day that much better. Less aggravation, less inaccuracy = more fun, better beer.

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Old 06-17-2013, 03:16 AM   #2
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+1 I was using a cheap digital and it took too long for it to find the actual temperature.

I cannot be happier with my Thermapen. Well worth the seemingly steep $$

I use the Thermapen when I am heating my strike water and adjust the dial thermometer accordingly.

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Old 06-17-2013, 03:24 AM   #3
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Themapens rock, i bought one when i started getting serious about baking bread several years ago and it usually comes out each brew day

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Old 06-17-2013, 03:52 AM   #4
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+3 on Thermapens. Yes the price is a bit unpleasant, but once you own it you'll forget all about that.

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Old 06-17-2013, 04:33 AM   #5
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The Thermapen is awesome, but TW makes a number of other awesome thermometers that are accurate for less.

At least, until I can upgrade to a thermapen.

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Just got one as a graduation gift, it rocks on brewday! Much more accurate, easy to use, and no worries about dropping or otherwise breaking a glass one.

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The Thermapen is awesome, but TW makes a number of other awesome thermometers that are accurate for less.

At least, until I can upgrade to a thermapen.
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I just bought one of TW's lower end model pocket digitals, and for ~$20 it's fantastic. Accurate to within .9 degrees +/-, and reads super fast. Way better that the dial thermometer I had been using. I looked real hard at their ThermoPens for a while, but right now I'm fully satisfied with their Pocket Digital model.
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I just bought one of TW's lower end model pocket digitals, and for ~$20 it's fantastic. Accurate to within .9 degrees +/-, and reads super fast. Way better that the dial thermometer I had been using. I looked real hard at their ThermoPens for a while, but right now I'm fully satisfied with their Pocket Digital model.
Which model did you get?
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I bought the RT301WA on Amazon. very accurate and reads fast--about 5 sec. I got tired of using a glass floating thermometer, as it was too slow, plus the risk of breakage.

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I have four thermometers from Thermoworks and the RT301WA is my favorite. Having the display on the end is so much easier to use than the ones on the side.

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