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Old 12-14-2008, 04:55 AM   #1
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Default HELP!!! My thermometer broke!!!!

I was brewing my nut brown ale and all was good. I was cooling in a ice bath before I was ready to transfer and pitch, When I noticed my floating thermometer tip was broken. It was fine before this point. So I know the pellets from the thermometer were not boiled. I do not know what happened.

I quickly racked into fermenter and continued on. Is my beer ruined and contaminated with toxic crap. What are those pellets made of? The mercury part was not broken.

PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 12-14-2008, 05:38 AM   #2
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I remember reading a very similar situation on beeradvocate.com and I think the consensus was to throw it out. I've never been one for following consensus but then again I am not an expert on the subject.

Anyone else have any ideas?

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Just keep in mind that broken glass could make its way into a bottle. That's not good!

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Old 12-14-2008, 06:14 AM   #4
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I broke my thermo a few weeks ago pre boil. There was very little discussion on weather or not I threw out the batch. It went straight to the compost pile.

Mercury? Lead BB's? GLASS SHARDS???!!!!

easy decision, chuck it.

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Old 12-14-2008, 08:00 AM   #5
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Yep - Ya gotta chuck it ... unless you're feeling lucky Punk !

Did my second batch today
- broke the thermometer in the disinfectant bath
- broke the SG meter after I took the reading and was washing the meter off

At least no beer was harmed in the process

Yeah - I'm hard on equipment ... both were cheapies that came with my kit.

I used my wifes digital cooking thermometer --- cleaned the probe with some vodka and took a reading just fine. Will have to get a better SG meter

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Bummer. The hobby should really chuck those floating buggars. I stopped using mine when I noticed the cheap wax holding the pellets melted with every use. Chalk it up to experience and getcha' a decent dial thermometer.

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Old 12-15-2008, 12:35 PM   #7
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Well after reading these post and researching, I am going to have to chuck it. The pellets are not LEAD, they are some type of steel, they are magnetic. The wax would fall out into the bottom as it ferments. The only thing that is stopping me is the possibility of GLASS. I am most curtain no glass went into the primary. I founf one piece in the pot. Is there type of filter I could use when racking to the bottling bucket?

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I would imagine cheese cloth would catch any glass shards when racking if you wanted to still save the batch

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I broke my thermo a few weeks ago pre boil. There was very little discussion on weather or not I threw out the batch. It went straight to the compost pile.

Mercury? Lead BB's? GLASS SHARDS???!!!!

easy decision, chuck it.
Not mercury. It is alcohol filled. However, one of my lab thermometers that is alcohol filled has a warning label that states it MAY contain toluene, benzene, and some other nasty chemicals. Made in China.

Shot, well the OP said it was magnetic so, not lead.

Glass, yeah, not something you want to drink
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I'm asking this as purely hypothetical at this point since the consensus seems to be toss it. But...

If glass shards were the only concern, would it be safe to rack from 1" or so above the bottom, losing more than normal due to racking? Glass would sink correct? Or, since fermentation has not begun yet (presumably) how about racking through a paper coffee filter? Aeration would be a concern after fermentation, but prior should be ok right?

Digital thermos only for me.

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