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Dennis1979 02-07-2009 07:47 PM

I Broke My Thermometer In My Wort
I broke my thermometer in my wort. It happened when I was cooling the wort after the boil. I was stirring it to get it cool and I held the thermometer in there for a few minutes while I was stirring and probably hit it with the spoon. So I had little black pellets in the bottom of my pot. When I poured the wort into the fermemter, I strained it so I know none of the pellets are in there now, at least there shouldn't be any. Also, I quit pouring the wort when it got down to the crud anyway so most of it didn't even get out of the boiling pot. Should I worry about this? Are those pellets lead or steel?


jmiracle 02-07-2009 07:54 PM

I would find out the exact brand of thermometer and what went into the making of it if you want to keep the beer, but that's just me.

Dennis1979 02-07-2009 08:31 PM

I just called my LBHS where I got the thermometer. They said the pellets are steel and agreed that probably most if not all that got poured would have been trapped in the strainer. Any that did get through would have gone straight to the bottom and will be covered by trub pretty quick. They said it happens now and then and that I should not worry. So I choose not to worry, because I really don't like worrying.

kybert 02-08-2009 07:01 PM

not mercury? Not sure if that was banned for use in thermomters?

timgman 02-08-2009 07:38 PM

I'd brew another batch...

Papinquack 02-08-2009 08:41 PM

I think you may want to up grade to a 12" probe. No danger involved plus it has a hanger to sit snug against your brew pot for constant temperature control. Just dont get to agressive when stirring other wise the wort will pull it and it could fall in (not a real big concern). I also like the 12" because it allows you to go in deep when cooling the wort so you'll get a more accurate reading. I'd post a picture of it but I cant post pictures on HBT for some reason. :mad:I cant figure out why they dont paste? I'm able to post videos from youtube. If anyone has any ideas why this is please let me know what the problem is.

Petho 02-08-2009 09:02 PM

The same thing happened to me however it was when I was heating up the water. There was a bunch of small pieces of glass all over so I threw out the water, cleaned and started again.
I got a metal temp gauge and it works great. It hangs on the side and tells me the temp through the boil. I am no longer a big fan of those floating pyrex thermometers.

bwiebe 02-08-2009 10:13 PM

I like to use a digital infrared thermometer.

Just point and click for an accurate reading.


EonBlue66 02-08-2009 10:20 PM

i did the same thing last weekend, I left the last 1/2 gallon in the kettle and strained the crap out of it. I plan on racking it with a muslin cloth over my siphon and leaving about 2" in the bucket. I plan on racking to keg the same way.

kybert 02-09-2009 11:10 AM


Originally Posted by bwiebe (Post 1120954)
I like to use a digital infrared thermometer.

Just point and click for an accurate reading.


I thought that an infrared thermo would not work in water? I have one of these (different design, same principle) so will have to test it against my thermometer.

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