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Old 02-06-2011, 06:13 PM   #1
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I did my first beer yesterday, an all grain Hefeweizen. And now I have realized how beneficial an instant read thermometer would be for checking mash temps and to check the temp in my small reserve (hot liquor) cooler. I plan on adding a sight glass thermometer combo to my kettle, but need a faster more accurate reading for everything else.
What are some good thermometers digital or analog?
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:19 PM   #2
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thermapen is the top dog around here, pricey though. i use a digital $15 one from taylor, i like it well enough.

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Old 02-06-2011, 06:24 PM   #3
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This one is faster than most of the digital ones I've had. I've never spent more than $20 on a thermometer yet.
http://www.williamsbrewing.com/BREWE...R_P546C102.cfm
Dials can be hit or miss. I have some that are dead on and some that are pure junk. This one is dead on and fast enough.

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Old 02-08-2011, 06:44 AM   #4
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I did my first beer yesterday, an all grain Hefeweizen. And now I have realized how beneficial an instant read thermometer would be for checking mash temps and to check the temp in my small reserve (hot liquor) cooler. I plan on adding a sight glass thermometer combo to my kettle, but need a faster more accurate reading for everything else.
What are some good thermometers digital or analog?
Thanks
Steve
Sorry, I know this is kind of , but I was on here the other day and ran across this link http://www.brewersfriend.com/2009/02...lt-mlt-cooler/. I thought it was an awesome idea to check mash temps if you use a cooler for an MLT. I think I'll rig this up soon.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:45 AM   #5
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Forget the cheap thermometers... if you're asking what is the best it's the Thermoworks Thermapen. About $100 but well worth it; you won't be always questioning whether you're hitting your temps, and won't waste a bunch of cash replacing crappy $20 thermometers and end up buying the Thermapen anyway.

Edit: the speed of the reading with a thermapen is something I really underestimated; it's a really handy feature.

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Old 02-08-2011, 01:10 PM   #6
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Got my thermometer for about $20 and haven't had any problems with it. It hits temps slower but my burners take awhile to heat up a 6.5 gallon pot. So there isn't much lag from actual water temp to thermometer reading temp. Having burners that cant bring up the temperature that fast isn't a big deal with cheap ones but when your setup can heat water faster then thats where a good thermometer is needed.

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Old 02-08-2011, 01:11 PM   #7
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I just purchased a thermapen last week. It was on sale for $83 on amazon.com. It is well worth the price. I've done two brews with it already and there is no going back now. If it broke tomorrow I would buy another one.

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Old 02-08-2011, 01:37 PM   #8
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Forget the cheap thermometers... if you're asking what is the best it's the Thermoworks Thermapen. About $100 but well worth it; you won't be always questioning whether you're hitting your temps, and won't waste a bunch of cash replacing crappy $20 thermometers and end up buying the Thermapen anyway.

Edit: the speed of the reading with a thermapen is something I really underestimated; it's a really handy feature.
I have spent about $70 on other thermometers, I just recently bought the thermapen when thermoworks was running a sale last week! Should have just done it initially!
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I too did not want to drop $80 on a thermometer, so I bought this one from Thermoworks. It also has a calibration adjustment (mine was off 0.4F @ 32F). The top face will work for inserting into my cooler/MT which I plan to do shortly. I can wait a few more seconds than the termapen since it will be sitting in my mash. On sale for $19 right now.....not bad.

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/...t/rt301wa.html

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in this thread:http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/anot...estion-222774/

I ended up buying this Thermometer from Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/CDN-DTQ450X-Pr...6854514&sr=8-1


I should have bought two of them because the price is amazing.

what I like about the CDN is the HOLD button so you don't have your head sticking into the boil kettle.

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