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Old 07-04-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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Default What do you use for a thermometer?

What do you guys use for an accurate digital thermometer for all grain brewing? i recently lost faith in mine. here's what happened:

my last brew day i came to the realization that the digital thermometer (a cheap on $20 from Target) may not be so accurate. In the middle of the brew day about halfway through my brew day i noticed the temperature of the mash go from a steady 151 to slowly rise and it went up to 160+. I then decided to compare it to my old non-digital thermometer that i have always used before getting into all grain just to see how they compare. Well the digital one was reading a good 10-20 degrees more than my old one.

now i have only brewed a few batched with this digital thermometer and had decent results. I actually won 3rd place in a competition for my first all grain brew. So i knew it may have worked but it worries me that they differ this much and i'm not really sure which one to trust. What do you guys think

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Old 07-04-2013, 09:10 PM   #2
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I have that same digital $20 Taylor thermometer from Target and it is spot on

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Have you calibrated them with boiling and freezing water?

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I have a Polder I got from Amazon. It too was about $20. Love it.

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Mom works at a school cafeteria so I have an restaurant grade thermometer.

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Mom works at a school cafeteria so I have an restaurant grade thermometer.
employee theft. atta girl mom!
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employee theft. atta girl mom!
Nope access to a different group of suppliers and a school/government discount.

We also abuse the power to get cases name brand stuff like cheese sticks and pizza rolls for less than you ever hope to find them wholesale.
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+1 Thermapen

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I have that same digital $20 Taylor thermometer from Target and it is spot on
I have 3 of them and have been using them for the last 5 years. They work great and all read exactly the same.
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