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Old 08-23-2008, 07:44 PM   #1
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After getting my AHS Vanilla Porter and making sure all was well, I went ahead today and started up my batch....

Everything was awesome... No boilover for once and the new recirculating chiller pump worked like a champ...

All is well one might think....

That is until I started putting the batch into the carboy.... Noticed on the last bit that went through the strainer that there was a weird metallic sound... Stopped pouring immediately and noticed some small metal pellets in the batch... Turns out that my floating thermometer apparently was cracked at some point and finally let go in the boiling process...

Assuming this stuff is lead, I went ahead and dumped the batch to err on the side of safety...

I am not happy....

Lesson learned.... NO MORE FLOATING THERMOMETERS....

Just gives me an excuse to buy a few digital / bi-metal ones...

Hope everyone else is having a better day...

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Old 08-23-2008, 07:55 PM   #2
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Sorry for your loss. In case it happens again, RDWHAHB, and check out this bit of googling I did:

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>I recently brewed a batch of IPA, during which my glass thermometer broke
>after hitting the wort chiller. The thermometer was a Brewers Best floating
>thermometer (the kind with the metal beads in the base to balance it.)
>The part with the alcohol didn't break, however, the outer shell did and
>all of the little metal beads spilled into the wort. Does anyone know if
>these beads are made of lead? If so, is my beer ruined or is the
>amount to small? I was successful in removing almost all of them,
>but I'm sure some made their way into the primary. The temp
>when the thermometer broke was somewhere around 150!F.


I did much the same thing...or rather my brew partner did. In our case the
metal beeads and some of the wax got into the kettle. I strained the wort
after boiling. I *think* I got some/most of the beads. Certainly some of the
wax was lost into the batch. I noticed no unusual flavors and I had seen no
ill affects. So I would think theat you have nothing to worry about.
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:56 PM   #3
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I brewed last night and found out my thermometer had lost about an inch. It was at the very top and just glass though, no lead or mercury here, so I used it anyway, but now I gotta buy a new one.

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Old 08-23-2008, 07:58 PM   #4
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Thanks guys... I appreciate it....



A few glasses of Apfelwein and I am sure all will be well....

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Old 08-23-2008, 08:11 PM   #5
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Can I just ask, what's the reason for having a thermometer in the wort during the boil anyway? Hell, I can tell you hot the wort is!

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Suspected my digital thermometer was on the fritz... was reading 206* on boil... Then I had it in the wort when starting my chilling process...

Prolly just stupidity on my part for the whole thing...

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yeah, i did that a couple times but it always scared me. just sanitize a thermometer and throw it in after you've cooled to ensure your temperature is good.

i have a laser temp reader that reads well with surface temp...usually reads a few degrees higher than the actual wort, but that works out perfect anyway.

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Eh... Now I know...

And according to GI Joe, 'Knowing is half the battle...'

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Most float thermometers use steel shot for the weight. I would be less concerned with lead then with tiny slivers of broken glass that can easily be floated with a CO2 bubble. A batch of beer isn't worth ingesting glass or the required surgery to remove it. You made the right choice by dumping it. As the_bird said, if its boiling you know what temp it is, no matter what the digital thermometer read. I wouldn't say it was a thing of stupidity, just wasn't thought out entirely. The good news is now you don't have a glass thermometer so it shouldn't happen again. I'm sure your next batch will turn out great.

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http://www.professionalequipment.com...-thermometers/
Evan turned me on to this. It works great for mash temps, ferm temps, kettle temps. I love it. Reads C* and F*.
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