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I agree with the Bird the digital uint from Target will do the job for you so you don't have to put off brewing.
But I'd also encourage you to get a calibration thermometer for later use (if you are interested in hitting exact temps.) my Target digital is a few degrees off (5 to be exact) around the 150 degree F range. Plus a calibration themometer is cheap $6-8.
Caution: calibration themomerters are fragile and the alcohol in them is poision so you'll need to be very careful with it.
Something else you can do is put your grains in the freezer or fridge and that will keep them from going stale for a few weeks. Be sure and get them out a day ( or at least the night) before you brew to let them warm up.
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