I want to pick up a probe thermometer to more accurately control my mash temperature, but I'm not sure about what model to pick up. I'm on a pretty tight budget, so cost is a bit of a factor. Let me know what you guys use or would recommend.
if by probe you mean one of those meat thermometers that are meant to stay in the oven attached to a LCD screen outside the oven, i wouldnt recommend them. 1. they are not intended to be submerged in liquid 2. the ones i have used have not been very accurate.
I started with the alcohol lab thermometer that came with my kit. I then bought a bi-metal dial thermometer. Next was a $20 digital probe. It adjusts so slowly that I got frustrated and ordered a Thermopen. I have yet to use it. Next Wednesday!
Thermoworks, the people who make Thermapen also make a budget version, which is what I have. I got it from Amazon for $25. It's actually shipped from the manufacturer. It's great, I love it. It reads in less than 6 seconds. Seems very accurate. I recommend it. http://tinyurl.com/cytsn5b