Originally Posted by eighteez
I know 155 isn't boiling, I was reading something that had a step happen at 155... Adding something... so that made me wonder, how do I know when its at 155? I need a thermometer... what kind? The only thermometer I've ever used I stuck in my daughters mouth or ear....
A candy thermometer will do, as long as you can clearly see the "150-160" range.
That area of 155 is the temperature used for steeping the grains. After steeping, the grains are moved and the resulting liquid brought up to a boil. In order to not have problems, you need to remove the grains at no higher than 170 degrees. As long as you have a thermometer for cooking that shows that area, you'd be fine. They're like $10 or less at Wal-mart or other stores like that.