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Old 10-29-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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What do you guys recommend? I'm not looking to spend a ton of money but I don't want to get a dirt cheap one that I'll just want to replace in a month. Give me your thoughts please.

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Old 10-29-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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It depends on what you need it for, like if you want to mount it in a pot or use it for spot checking. I've been using this cheap one by Taylor from Amazon for spot checking things and it's been great for the money
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...D01F47B12NYPEJ

I'd like to get a thermapen though for it's speed, but they're pretty expensive.

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Old 10-29-2012, 07:50 PM   #3
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Are you looking for a pen thermometer, dial thermometer, what? I definitely suggest going digital...they're faster and typically a lot more accurate. Stay away from floating thermometers...I haven't found one that's accurate.

I like CDN digital thermometers, personally. I've used them in my kitchen for years and they are fairly accurate, fast and haven't ever failed me. BobbyM/BrewHardware.com, from these forums, has a reasonably inexpensive model that will grow with you for years. Thermapens are widely regarded as the most accurate out there, but be prepared to spend some $$$ on them.

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Old 10-29-2012, 08:01 PM   #4
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I'd like it mounted on the pot, in particular I want it for during the chilling phase so I don't have to keep putting a thermometer into the wort.

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You can mount a bimetal or digital thermometer depending on what you prefer. I have Sabco and Miljoco bimetal therms that have 1/2" NPT threads that I've used for years. They're probably going to outlast any digital thermometer I would think. On the other hand, you can get a kit to allow you to mount the thinner probed digitals and then you can always take the thermometer out when not brewing to use it for other things.

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Oh yeah, one other thing. If you're using propane there may be an issue with a plastic bodied thermometer too close to the flame source. Not as much of an issue with the bi-metals probably but Bobby M has a heat shield gizmo to help with that at brewhardware.

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Old 10-29-2012, 08:46 PM   #7
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Thanks a bunch. I'm just getting into this hobby so I have a lot to learn.

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Well, you came to the right forum. I wish it was around when I started.

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I use a dial thermometer like in the link below.
I just put it in a hole in my brewpots lid. I leave the lid on as much as possible while chilling, works great.
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/dial-thermometer.html

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My 1st thermometer was waste of money.. I dont even know where it is..
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Digital-Prob...item4159125677

2nd one was better choice, it is still in use (I bought metal probes):
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Digital-Ther...2192d0&vxp=mtr

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