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msmith92 06-27-2012 11:32 PM

Any suggestions on a good thermometer for extract brewing?

BeefCrewBrew 06-27-2012 11:43 PM

I've only done one batch, so my input probably won't help. I just used the one that came in my starter kit. It's this one: http://www.midwestsupplies.com/dial-thermometer.html

I was wondering, though, if I should get a different one. I don't really like how my thermometer hangs out on the side of the pot. Maybe a floating thermometer?

msmith92 06-27-2012 11:56 PM

Yeah. None of the ones on midwest or nb have good reviews.

My kettle doesnt have the fitting for the screw in kind.

Cavemann310 06-28-2012 12:18 AM


this thing has been perfect for me, hooks right on the side of your kettle, 12" long so its down in the middle of the water/wort, and the digital part is detachable for cleaning. plus i have amazon prime so everything that is prime eligible is free two day shipping

helibrewer 06-28-2012 12:37 AM

A digital thermometer is nice while steeping but there really is no need for a thermometer in the kettle...you heat until it boils, time it, turn the heat off. I use a digital thermometer with a folding probe to check temps during; 1) steeping, 2) post boil chilling, and 3) yeast pitching.

Once you start mashing then it's a different story.

Cavemann310 06-28-2012 12:41 AM

Obviously that's what i do. It's served its use well in many a place.

OG2620 06-28-2012 12:44 AM

If your kettle has a thermometer you can see when you are close to boiling, if boil overs are an issue, and monitor temp loss during chilling without having to sanitize every time you insert your thermometer.

OneFeather 06-28-2012 12:48 AM

I got this one based on few other reviews and it works great. It it very nice to have the temp reading on the end.


unionrdr 06-28-2012 07:19 PM

My wife picked me up a floating thermometer at the LHBS that I use for monitoring steeping temps & when chilling the hot wort. Some say it's more accurate than the dial type. It works for me,so it's all good. And I do extracts mainly,some with steeped grains,hop additions,different combos of extracts,etc.

knotquiteawake 06-28-2012 08:03 PM

There is none other like it.

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