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Old 01-12-2009, 10:09 PM   #1
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I am trying to decide what sort of thermometer to use for my boiling on a brew kit I am going to purchase from northernbrewer. I am wondering if a lab thermometer http://www.northernbrewer.com/pics/f...hermometer.jpg

would be a better choice as opposed to a floating thermometer? http://www.northernbrewer.com/pics/f...hermometer.jpg

I have heard that lab thermometers are fragile, but that floating thermometers can break or bust or something. I really am looking for a cheap thermometer, but these seem to be the only viable ones I can find. All help is much appreciated.


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Old 01-12-2009, 10:11 PM   #2
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either would work fine as long as ur careful with them, i use a metal probe thermometer thats used like in restaurants so i dont have to worry about it breaking but out of those 2 personally id probably get the floating thermo

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:15 PM   #3
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I should add now that I realize alot of people use digital thermos from food stores such as kroger or even walmart etc., but do these digital probes handle water well? I really am a bit confused by all of this as I never have cooked with a thermo. reading about floating thermos, they sound as if somewhat of a hassle to make sure they are safe all the time.

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:16 PM   #4
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the digitals have an external probe that is meant to be put into water and stuff they are built for stuff like that

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:26 PM   #5
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I got one of these not too long ago and I couldn't be happier. It's well worth the money.

Digital Thermometer w/Probe :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:32 PM   #6
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If you get a probe thermometer that has the wiring exposed you can "wort proof" it with some aquarium hose and small o-rings. Search "wort proofing"

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:38 PM   #7
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do dial thermos such as these work well? http://www.northernbrewer.com/pics/f...hermometer.jpg

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thats pretty much what i use mines a bit smaller but they work well if u get it just make sure you calibrate it before using it

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:55 PM   #9
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You do have to be careful with glass thermometers, but you don't use them during the boil anyway. You will want to check the temperature of any steeping grains, of course, and check the temperature after the wort is cooled, to ensure it's cool enough. But there isn't any reason to have a thermometer in the brewpot. It isn't necessary and it's easy to break.

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Old 01-12-2009, 11:01 PM   #10
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I see as I havent had the pleasure of brewing a batch yet I didn't know you don't need to check the temp during the boil. So what in your opinion would be most economical for checking the temp during steeping and cooling? Do you think a lab thermo would work nicely there or would it be too prone to breaking?

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