Originally Posted by Beer Snob
That was real nice
How did you waterproof the probe? Or was it already waterproof?
The probe is waterproof all on it's own. It's basically just your run of the mill kitchen probe thermometer;14 bucks at walmart. I get more use out of that thing than any other piece of equipment in my kitchen. It's nice because I just toss the probe in with the sanitizer and then all I have to do when I'm ready is plug it into the gauge and toss it in the pot. It also helped me realize what temp the water should be at a rolling boil and kept me from having troubles with any boilovers. 214.3 is the magic number on this particular brew. Any higher and I started to have foam.
And as far as the grains go, I was going to originally do just the extract but someone on the board suggested some grains that would help out with the Brown ale theme. I figured, why not? Get a bag, put the grains in and steep them at 150-155 for 30 minutes. I am hoping it pays off. I can tell you it added a really rich caramel color to the brew. I am going to sneak a taste when I rack to secondary this weekend. I just hope I didn't screw up and contaminate something. I was more careful with this than with just about anything else I have ever done