Originally Posted by dorklord
Right, but is this one of those floating boil thermometers? A lab thermometer? An old glass oral thermometer?
We could be talking about a floating thermometer, and only the little 'ball' end is gone, and the thermometer inside is intact.
I busted my floater last batch, I kept the batch 'cause just the little steel balls rained into the wort, and none of the red mystery liquid. Still a pain in the ass, but like someone said above, I just whirpooled the crap out of it and siphoned it off from the side. Nothing crunchy in the hydro samples I've tasted, so I think I'll be alright...
Then again, bleeding from the mouth on beer you made is so effing metal...