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Old 05-30-2011, 02:48 AM   #1
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Default No wonder i have a low effeciency!

I did my first all grain a couple of weeks ago. After doing a thermometer calibration I realized the new thermos that came with the turkey fryer are off by 35'. Wholly crap no wonder I only got 62% efficiency. I guess that's not bad for missing mash temps by 35'. WTF. I'm gonna call and complain.

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Old 05-30-2011, 03:08 AM   #2
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They do make $100+ thermometers that many swear by, I however, don't have the cash. What I do to combat the problem is use 2 long stem thermometers and two floating candy thermometers. Yup that's right, 4 thermometers. All of them tend to be within 4-8 degrees of eachother. I then take an average of all of them. Definitely not the smartest idea, but I get damn near 86% on every brew.

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Old 05-30-2011, 03:30 AM   #3
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I did a search and they make a $12 dollar certified thermo. I think I'll get one. Probably wont have it by the next time I brew so I'll just correct 35'..

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Old 05-30-2011, 08:33 AM   #4
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Get a lab thermometer until you can afford a therma pen, they are very accurate and cheap. You will grow tire of breaking them in the mash after a while though.

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/12-la...ermometer.html

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Old 05-30-2011, 04:17 PM   #5
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I swear by my $14 Taylor waterproof digital thermometer bought from Amazon. I have dropped it in the boil kettle a bunch of times and she still works like a charm. And has stayed accurate.

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Old 05-30-2011, 05:09 PM   #6
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I'm having good luck with my Fisher Scientific "lollypop". Only $25 on Amazon.

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Old 05-30-2011, 05:25 PM   #7
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I swear by my $14 Taylor waterproof digital thermometer bought from Amazon. I have dropped it in the boil kettle a bunch of times and she still works like a charm. And has stayed accurate.
I probably have the same one, it's fantastic.
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:27 PM   #8
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I just ordered a Taylor waterproof digital thermometer bought from Amazon.
Thanks guys, I appreciate the help.

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Old 05-30-2011, 10:21 PM   #9
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Same here dude! Got a thermapen on the way. Hopefully this is the end of it.

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Old 05-31-2011, 12:38 AM   #10
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i'm starting to use my fluke temp prob! double use!

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