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Old 07-05-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Water proof digital thermometer

I've done a lot of searching here but most of the threads are a year old or more.

Has anyone found a waterproof digital thermometer w/a long water proof probe?

I bought one on Amazon but where the probe and cable come together it's not waterproof and I blew the unit.

This one seems like it might be right w/the correct probe.

http://www.coleparmer.com/catalog/pr...sp?sku=8646003

Has anyone tried it?

I'm willing to spend a reasonable amount to get one that works. Would be nice to have the probe in the strike water to maintain temp as I BIAB.

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That looks like it would be a good pick. I have this one from Cole-Parmer:

http://www.coleparmer.com/catalog/pr...sp?sku=9121045

I like that the resolution is 0.1 deg. Both of these units use replaceable type "K" thermocouple probes. There's a wide selection of probes available for them and most are relatively inexpensive. I recently bought a 3-pack of bare junction type "k" probes for something like $10 delivered on Ebay.

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There's also the Fisher Scientific Digital Thermometers; SS Stem; Type: Lollipop, which I have... I'm still trying to figure out exactly how accurate it is, but it seems pretty close (upon additional testing)...

I ordered one not that long ago.. Due to where the company is, I had it within a day, or two, of when it shipped (via cheap shipping too)... Gets good reviews from buyers on Amazon too...

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That looks like it would be a good pick. I have this one from Cole-Parmer:

http://www.coleparmer.com/catalog/pr...sp?sku=9121045

I like that the resolution is 0.1 deg. Both of these units use replaceable type "K" thermocouple probes. There's a wide selection of probes available for them and most are relatively inexpensive. I recently bought a 3-pack of bare junction type "k" probes for something like $10 delivered on Ebay.
Tks, will look into it.
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There's also the Fisher Scientific Digital Thermometers; SS Stem; Type: Lollipop, which I have... I'm still trying to figure out exactly how accurate it is, but it seems pretty close (upon additional testing)...

I ordered one not that long ago.. Due to where the company is, I had it within a day, or two, of when it shipped (via cheap shipping too)... Gets good reviews from buyers on Amazon too...
Tks, I'm looking for one w/a long probe that I can hang in the brew pot during the mash and read from a distance.
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Tks, I'm looking for one w/a long probe that I can hang in the brew pot during the mash and read from a distance.
Hey did you buy this thermometer? I am looking for a good thermometer as well, and this one looks good. Any thoughts on it before I buy it?
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Hey did you buy this thermometer? I am looking for a good thermometer as well, and this one looks good. Any thoughts on it before I buy it?
Didn't buy anything yet.
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I've had great luck with sliding a piece of heat shrink tubing up over the joint between the probe and the metal cable. Liquid getting in here is usually what kills them. Just find a piece that is pretty close to the size and slide it up to about the curve and several inches up the cable and heat it up to seal. Been using this for a couple of years now with no change in the reliability of it. Still compares to within a degree or so of my lab alcohol thermos so thats close enough here.

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I've had great luck with sliding a piece of heat shrink tubing up over the joint between the probe and the metal cable. Liquid getting in here is usually what kills them. Just find a piece that is pretty close to the size and slide it up to about the curve and several inches up the cable and heat it up to seal. Been using this for a couple of years now with no change in the reliability of it. Still compares to within a degree or so of my lab alcohol thermos so thats close enough here.
This is what I did to mine a couple years ago. It's worked perfectly up until now. It seems that the cable has broken internally where the heatshrink ends. Probably from flexing over time.
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Just got eMail back from Coleparmer. They said none of the probes have a waterproof connection to the cable. Bummers. Maybe they just need longer probes? I really want to hang the probe in the mash for the whole hour same for the mash out at 170 for ten.

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