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Old 11-24-2012, 03:15 PM   #11
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I use a thermapen oven thermometer and have sucessfully waterproofed the probe. Here's what you do;

1. Go to petsmart and purchase a length of silicone air line.
2. Go to Lowes electrical department and purchase a 3" length of heat shrink tubing of the appropriate diameter.
3. Go to CVS and purchase a small tube of vasiline lip balm (not chap stick, the squeeze tube)

Squirt a dab of lip balm into one end of the airline and push the metal end of the probe through. Continue working it along until it is just short of the connector and completely sheaths the probe wire.

trim off the probe end of the airline well below the wire connection to the metal sensor. I usually pick a point midway between the bend and the pointed tip.

Slip the heat shrink tubing over the airline, aligning the center of the heat shrink with the end of the airline.

Heat and shrink using a butane lighter or match.
Any pictures that you could share of this?
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:54 AM   #12
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Any pictures that you could share of this?
I'll get my camera this evening. Are you looking for materials, process, or the finished product?
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:29 PM   #13
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Any pictures that you could share of this?
does this help?
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:09 PM   #14
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Great, thank you for the picture!
I will at least try the heat shrink tubing to help protect it from moisture. Any concerns with the air line cover melting?

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Old 11-29-2012, 05:32 PM   #15
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I've used it in several mashes without issues. Once I reach boil I usually pull it out. The heat mostly makes the shrink wrap tighter.

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Old 11-29-2012, 10:35 PM   #16
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However, in my defense it was in the teens yesterday with winds of 15 to 25. When I tried to brew outdoors in that temp and wind my turkey fryer couldn't even maintain the temp, let alone trying to raise it to a boil.
I live in Phoenix. What does it mean for temps to be in the teens? Hmm. Never heard of that.....
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I feel your pain. I have That exact (ThermoWorks) probed thermometer. After 1 batch it went wacky. I was like WTF?, and THEN I read the directions, "Do not immerse cable in water." Oh? So that half hour or so getting up to boil was bad? I ordered a replacement cable and learned from my mistake.

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:02 AM   #18
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I have two thermometers that are off by about 5 degrees as well. Did we ever figure out how to figure out which one is reading correctly?

I suppose high school science class was a while ago but it would seem to me that ice water might be a bit off of 32 degrees...

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:33 AM   #19
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Use boiling water, and look up online your elevation and calculate your boiling point. Then use that to set your thermometer, should get you close.

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I have a little write up about the thermometer I use:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/best...25/index2.html

Thermoworks has excellent support.

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