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Old 05-03-2013, 04:36 PM   #11
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What is the concern about the glass thermometer, accuracy or appropriateness? Personally due the risk of breakage and the resulting contamination, I would use a dial style thermometer with the long metal probe and the dial on top. But if you're very careful not to break it, the glass thermometer will work.
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My concern is breakage for the glass. My concern on using a meat thermometer is accuracy.
I spray my floating thermometer with starsan,then use a few twist ties to lash it to the BK/MT handle inside the paint strainer bag for the mash. no worries about breakage,as I use a plastic 24" paddle. This way,I can put the lid on it while mashing,wrapped up in my winter hunting coat. I gave up on meat & quick check kitchen thermometers. They're not accurate.
So I use the flaoter in my mash,the dial style thermometer in my sparge water kettle. This way,I can do/measure both at once. It takes about 45 minutes to heat sparge water to the right temp without doing it too fast.
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Should use tap water, spring water, distilled water?

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Should use tap water, spring water, distilled water?
It should be fine to use any of those- IF your water doesn't have chlorine or chloramines in it. If it does, spring water or distilled water (or reverse osmosis water from those big "water machines") is fine.
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I'm pumped for this. Thank you.

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