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Old 10-26-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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What type of thermometer do I need for all grain?

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Old 10-26-2011, 08:59 PM   #2
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A very good and accurate 0-220 instant read thermometer. I have used both digital and analog and I have to say, I really like my analog one.

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Old 10-26-2011, 09:03 PM   #3
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I'm a thermometer geek. I'm very picky. Most thermometers are useless to me. But I have two of these

And they are within a few tenths of a degree from my expensive mercury lab thermometers, at both 20C and 100C and in between. Highly recommended. I bought one of those floating thermometers at the brew store but I took it back because it was like 3 degrees off.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:08 PM   #4
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Those look good, how many do I need? Two enough?

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Old 10-27-2011, 01:52 AM   #5
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Do turkey fryer ones work well enough

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Those look good, how many do I need? Two enough?
You need one for the HLT, mash, mash return if using a recirculating system, and kettle.

The accuracy is only as good as you want, ad you get what you pay for. Those listed on amazon look like a steal if they're that accurate. Can't say I've used a turkey fryer thermometer, but something tells me it wont be hugely accurate. Then again, if you want to mash at 153 +/- 3, pretty much any will be fine.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:01 AM   #7
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Do turkey fryer ones work well enough
If they can be calibrated and you check them at freezing, boiling and mashing temperatures. I use a turkey fryer, dial probe and lab thermometer. The dial one seems accurate at freezing and boiling but may be off at mash temps??
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:16 AM   #8
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Turkey fryer dial thermos are useless and generally off by 20F or more and the range is too wide too. You really only need one instant read thermo because you'll spot check wherever you want throughout the process. The taylor ones from Amazon are what I started with and I really liked it for the price. However, check out the CDN I have on my site. It's better than the taylor for a couple reasons, mostly because it has bigger numbers and a hold button.

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Old 10-27-2011, 05:42 PM   #9
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I agree that most dial thermo's work. As long as you can calibrate them accurately. BYO has a good writeup for calibration. I just recent purchased a thermoworks with high-temp probe...wonderful, but pricey. You will find alot of people praising whatever one works for them. Most cheap ones are just that...cheap. Could always go with a good lab grade floating one. I would stay clear of those "green" alcohol based floating ones they seem to take to long to equalize and never seem on target.

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Old 10-27-2011, 05:47 PM   #10
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The CDN I have is accurate and has taken two years of all sorts of abuse. I had several of the Taylor models when I owned a food business and they all crapped out on me within a year or so.

If I was going to use the thermoworks for cooking I'd consider it because of the speed/accuracy, but for brewing I'm fine with the slightly longer time for a reading.

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