Originally Posted by Newbeerguy
I am looking into a couple options to improve my brews and just wanted to get some opinions on those options.
I am thinking about buying a thermapen or a water filter.
I was thinking about a thermapen for the durability, speed and accuracy. I can't tell you how many cheap digitals I've ruined due to getting wet. Right now I have a CDN digital and a Accurite thermometer and it's scary how far off they are. Ice water they read 31.7/32.2 boiling 209.3/211.6. When I am mashing they've been as far a 6 degrees off from one another! Not sure which one to trust, I use them both and aim for somewhere in the middle of the 2 readings. I'm thinking a thermapen will give me some true readings that I can trust and feel comfortable with.
Now I was also thinking about adding a water filter to treat my brew water. I had my water tested by Ward Labs, and honestly it looks good. But I figured getting a filter will help remove some of the clorine/undesirables in the water.
I unforunatly do not have unlimited funds so right now it's one or the other. Which do you think is more crucial? Or do you think something else is a better purchase?
Chlorine is ridiculously easy to get rid of; chloramines not as much... an expensive filter to remove chloramine isn't really worth it and other filters only remove about 15% of it. RO processes can be cheap but strip water of minerals, so it's worthless (IMHO). Therefore, get campden tabs to treat chloramine.
You're asking advice about what to get next but I don't know what you have now. WHen you sayd "improve my brews" what is wrong with them now that would you like to improve first?
Edit: you can also boil your water for 20 minutes to get rid of chloramine. Chlorine boils off in seconds.