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Old 05-28-2009, 06:21 AM   #11
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srsly...that sucks.

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Old 05-28-2009, 06:22 AM   #12
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for what it's worth, the red liquid in the thermometer is alcohol, the metal bead are steel (magnetic) and the binding material to hole them together is some kind of wax.
I always thought it was some nasty kind of semi-poisonous alcohol in there. But then again, I suppose it's all semi-poisonous.
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:24 AM   #13
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To be honest I would have done the same thing... but then I would never use a glass thermometer anywhere near my beer. I don't use a glass hydrometer for practically the same reason.
Go buy a metal probe type thermometer and a refractometer.

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Old 05-28-2009, 10:13 AM   #14
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+1 on dumping it.

I know the beer is never ruined but glass and other stuff in teh wort would have made me too nervous also.

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Old 05-28-2009, 01:14 PM   #15
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I'm sure a few dirty words would be said, but I'd have dumped it too.

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Old 05-28-2009, 01:17 PM   #16
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Metal and Glass would be the first thing to settle out, leaving only the small amount of liquid that was in the thermometer to worry about. Not sure what is used in "cooking" thermometers .... I've got a Fat Tire Clone that is still in the primary. I broke the bottom out of the thermometer while checking the chilled wort temp. Just the tip broke and released the steel balls and a few small pieces of glass. Most of this got left behind in the pot. Then I racked into another primary leaving behind a quart or two... I'm going to rack into a secondary and then again when bottling. I'm confident that all debris from the broken thermometer will have been left behind....


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Old 05-28-2009, 01:22 PM   #17
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im with on this one. i dont play with that kinda crud for $30-40 of beer. JMO

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Old 05-28-2009, 01:23 PM   #18
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You can't be too cautious when it comes to ingesting glass. You can always make more beer.

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Old 05-28-2009, 02:01 PM   #19
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on a related note...i once made a margarita batch and served one to a neighbor only to find later that a piece of glass had made it from the ice machine to the blender to the glasses. i was wondering what the grit in my teeth was for a few minutes after she left ! to this day the person in question has not come over for drinks again !

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Old 05-28-2009, 02:15 PM   #20
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+1 on dumping it.

I know the beer is never ruined but glass and other stuff in teh wort would have made me too nervous also.
Glass does not float no matter how small the particle is. It is much denser than water or fermented out beer and will sink to the bottom.

http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2004/ShayeStorm.shtml

http://www.simetric.co.uk/si_water.htm

Silica glass is 2.2x more dense than water. I can only assume that the thermometers are made from silica glass.

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I wouldn't have dumped it.
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