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Old 03-15-2009, 03:47 AM   #1
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Default Thermometer Broke in Wort

So I was brewing today with one of the floating thermometers and it broke in my wort. I fished out all the small sphere weights from the tip but was wondering if this happened to someone else. Your beer turn out OK? Anyone know what these things are made of?

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Old 03-15-2009, 03:58 AM   #2
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Contact the manufacturer. If they're toxic, trash the beer. If they're non-toxic, you're fine.

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Old 03-15-2009, 04:16 AM   #3
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See this post.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/10th...oision-106090/
I had the same freak-out 10 days ago...
All is well. I really wet the bed by sounding the panic alarm.

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Old 03-15-2009, 05:47 AM   #4
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If the thermometer had a silver substance that measured the temp then it was mercury and you should trash the batch(although I would just run it through a cheesecloth and filter out the bubble of mercury).

If it was red it was probably ethyl alcohol, still poisonous but it is in such small amount in those thermometers and mixed into 5 gals, it wont hurt you. Id just strain the wort to make sure there are no glass shards.

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I really like my electronic thermometer. Just drop in the probe and no change of any problems.

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Old 03-15-2009, 02:35 PM   #6
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I use a Raytek infra-red thermometer. You just point the laser pointer where you want for an instant reading. Nothing but light contacts the wort.

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I use a Raytek infra-red thermometer. You just point the laser pointer where you want for an instant reading. Nothing but light contacts the wort.

Tom
After using one of those at work, I've very cautious of using an IR when I want an exact temperature, such as mashing. They are so easy to throw off with lighting conditions, ambient temp, or vapor in the air.

I think the purchase of a nice digital probe thermometer is well worth the investment.
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does anybody have a good brand name for the probe thermometer? something i can find in the chicago area? ive been using a Taylor one and well, i think it sucks

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does anybody have a good brand name for the probe thermometer? something i can find in the chicago area? ive been using a Taylor one and well, i think it sucks
This is the one I've been using an it works great

Traceable Mini Thermometer - Home Beer Brewing - Mfg# 4039
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The guy at my LHBS said that he was sick of getting phone calls about this and actually took the glass floaters off the shelves and really tried to push the $15 stainless steel thermometers. Of course people started to complain about him not having any cheap thermometers, so he brought the glass ones back. I guess some people would rather pay $30+ in a wasted batch than $15 on an unbreakable thermometer. After hearing so many stories about this, I upped to the stainless thermometer for my wort, and I use my glass floater for my water tub.

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