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Old 01-04-2013, 04:36 PM   #11
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When I mash, I open it up and give it a stir every 10 minutes or so. I find that after stirring, the temp will vary a bit, maybe a degree or two, but nothing that ever got me worried. I'm still a total noob at brewing, particularly AG, so should I be stirring the mash, or should I just leave it alone during the mash?

I say leave it be. I don't think stirring accomplishes anything, provided you stirred it really well at the beginning. What I do is pre-heat, dump my pre-heat, add about 80% of my mash water at 3-4 degrees above my calculated strike temp, dump my grain, stir like hell and close it up. After 10 minutes, I open up and stir again, check the temp, then adjust with hot/cold water to my desired strike. Then I close it up and forget about it for 45m-1 hour. No stir after doughing-in really.

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Wow, that thermometer looks really nice... Definitely over my quite modest student budget right now though. The thermapen is more than I really want to spend right now in fact.
You can def. get away cheaper thermometer, main difference is how long you have to wait for a solid reading. My taylor takes 20-30 seconds to stabilize, thermapen takes 2-3 seconds. I decided I don't really need a reading that quickly...since I only take about 5-10 readings during my process anyway (I have a temp gauge on my BK that I can read my strike and sparge temps on).


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Old 01-04-2013, 04:40 PM   #12
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Honestly dude, stick with mercury. Nothing is more accurate. I tried to get all fancy with digital thermometers, or even the Brewmometers that screw into the valves. Those things equaled up to nothing but inaccurate readings, off temp mashes, etc... Went back to the old tried and true, and have been spot on since. Sometimes simplicity is the better option, just my opinion anyway.



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Old 01-04-2013, 04:42 PM   #13
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Honestly dude, stick with mercury. Nothing is more accurate. I tried to get all fancy with digital thermometers, or even the Brewmometers that screw into the valves. Those things equaled up to nothing but inaccurate readings, off temp mashes, etc... Went back to the old tried and true, and have been spot on since. Sometimes simplicity is the better option, just my opinion anyway.
Mercury hasn't been used in thermometers in some time you know.

My biggest issue with liquid thermometers is reading the damned things. With the Fluke unit, it's not an issue and the thing is damned accurate. Far more accurate than WE need.
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I also have compression fittings that will allow you to insert a remote probe through the wall of a cooler to keep the cord out of the liquid completely.

http://youtu.be/lXRj9CVwIfY?t=1m23s

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Dang! wish i had seen Bobby M's cooler fittings with the CND thermometer before I bought the Thermapen. Nice job!

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Yup, Mountaintop. If you want a good electronic thermometer and don't mind shelling out a couple hundred bucks, take a look at Weitz Instruments. They'll do what you want and will last years. I think I bought mine in 1986. It has been mashed, boiled, drowned and bounced around. One time, when my neices were young. They were out by the pool, messing around with something by the diving board. I go out to see what they were doing. They had my thermometer. It was at the bottom of the pool. I asked what they were doing? They said they wanted to make sure the water was warm enough before they let the dog go swimming. They stuck the sensors in the ports, held on to the sensor end and threw the meter in the pool. It is still as accurate as the day I bought it. The one I have, has 2 plug in sensors. The sensor wire is hermetically sealed into the capsule and is liquidproof from -100to 500 F. Each sensor wire is 10 feet long. I put one sensor in the mash tun and one in the decoction kettle and keep the meter out of the way. The sensor is about an inch long. They aren't the meat spear type as the one in the picture. I bought mine from Meier Refrigeration Supply off Hazle behind Nardones. Like I said, they're pricey, but they're rugged.

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I use one of the fittings like Bobby_M sells for the assembly that I have on my plate chiller output side.



Since the probe for my sensor is about 4" long it goes deep enough into the setup to give me good temperature readings.

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Thanks for all the advice so far guys. I think I'll try to waterproof one of the corded ones and be more careful about not submerging it for now. Hopefully this will make it last a bit longer. I'll eventually buy a more expensive one... Just not right now!

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Yup, Mountaintop. If you want a good electronic thermometer and don't mind shelling out a couple hundred bucks, take a look at Weitz Instruments. They'll do what you want and will last years. I think I bought mine in 1986. It has been mashed, boiled, drowned and bounced around. One time, when my neices were young. They were out by the pool, messing around with something by the diving board. I go out to see what they were doing. They had my thermometer. It was at the bottom of the pool. I asked what they were doing? They said they wanted to make sure the water was warm enough before they let the dog go swimming. They stuck the sensors in the ports, held on to the sensor end and threw the meter in the pool. It is still as accurate as the day I bought it. The one I have, has 2 plug in sensors. The sensor wire is hermetically sealed into the capsule and is liquidproof from -100to 500 F. Each sensor wire is 10 feet long. I put one sensor in the mash tun and one in the decoction kettle and keep the meter out of the way. The sensor is about an inch long. They aren't the meat spear type as the one in the picture. I bought mine from Meier Refrigeration Supply off Hazle behind Nardones. Like I said, they're pricey, but they're rugged.
Wow. That's quite a personal testament to the quality of that thermometer. It's too rich for my blood at this point. Maybe once I finish school I might look into something that spendy. I definitely believe that quality costs money (in most cases)... But you've gotta have the money first to get the quality!
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I also have compression fittings that will allow you to insert a remote probe through the wall of a cooler to keep the cord out of the liquid completely.

http://youtu.be/lXRj9CVwIfY?t=1m23s

What size hole do you drill for the cooler one?


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