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Old 05-11-2009, 03:31 AM   #1
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Default Thermometer broke- which one should I get?

I was using a glass floating thermometer for brewing and cheese making- I do extract brewing, partial boils and want to be able to mash the pound or two of grains I usually steep at the correct temp.

Of course, I dropped and broke my thermometer. Which I'm fine with, because the red wax inside holding the metal balls in place would quickly melt when I had it in temperatures above 150° or so.

So I need a new one, and am wondering what people would suggest. Can I use a meat thermometer with a good temperature range? Or will they not work in liquids? I'm fine with something that doesn't float as long as it reads fast enough.

Oh, and price is a factor (sadly).
For instance, would these work? http://secure.sciencecompany.com/Thermometer-Dual-Range-0-230F-0-110C--P6300C698.aspx

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These are accurate and reliable and should fit your needs. You might find one for a few dollars less if you shop around. I like it because it can be calibrated by the user and it has a replaceable battery:

Amazon.com: CDN Proaccurate Stainless Digital Thermometer: Kitchen & Dining

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+1 on the CDN Pro Accurate. I use it for everything in the kitchen besides brewing.

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+1 on the CDN Pro Accurate. I use it for everything in the kitchen besides brewing.
Is there a reason you don't use it for brewing?
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Is there a reason you don't use it for brewing?
I think he meant in addition to using it for brewing!
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Is there a reason you don't use it for brewing?

In addition to brewing I use it when cooking as well.

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Ah. Yes. Now i understand. Sorry!

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I have been using one of these trutemp instant read digital. Battery died so i picked up the one below on ebay for $9.97 free shipping. They seem very accurate and cheap. Not waterproof though. I'm thinking I'll just drill a small hole through the side my cooler mash tun and insert the probe.

http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=tru...temp&_osacat=0

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Just bought the CDN Pro Accurate.
Now if it will only come before my milk goes sour... not sure mozzarella would taste good with sour milk...

Thanks for your help!

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