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Old 08-24-2010, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default What type of thermometor should I use.

I have one of those dial thermometors from midwest supplies with the metal stem on the end. In all of the partial mash guides I looked at everyone had a thermometor they put right into the boil.

Do those thermometors show better results??

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Old 08-24-2010, 01:58 PM   #2
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I just use a digital therm to check my temps, works great. It's not the probe type but really if you check your temps frequently you'll be fine with the stick types.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/defaul...ermometer.html

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I'm only curious because I am doing a partial mash tomorrow. I want the temp reading to be dead on.

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After monkeying around with all matter of cooking, digital, candy, dial and what have you, I went back to the el cheapo 12" scientific thermometers on the lowershelf of the homebrew shops for less than 5 bucks.



I have 2 or 3 now.

The best part is that they have an little eye at the top that a coat hange hook can fit in, and can hang from the top of the kettle.

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Thanks revvy. I'll pick one up. Do you think the older thermometers work better??

I just want to get the type of thermometer that is going to give me the most accurate reading. Sometimes I feel like the thermometor I have isn't very accurate.

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Thanks revvy. I'll pick one up. Do you think the older thermometers work better??

I just want to get the type of thermometer that is going to give me the most accurate reading. Sometimes I feel like the thermometor I have isn't very accurate.
I think it's just a matter of the kiss principle. I've never had one break (so far) or fail, and it's accurate and doesn't need (and can't be calibrated) plus it is long enough to reach easily into my kettle or mash tun. And steam doesn't short out any electrical stuff. All issues I've dealt with in all other thermometers.
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My lab thermometer is off by about 4F according to my other thermometers. Hmmmm. I should buy a couple more and recalibrate all the thermos.

Good point come to think of it. Don't buy just one lab thermo, buy two!

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I have 2 of those dial thermometers with the metal shaft, they are off from each other by 10 degrees. Compared with a candy thermometer and one is 5 degrees high, the other 5 low. I bought one of the lab thermometers Revy post a pic of and I think its much more accurate. Of course i broke it the the first time i used it, they are so thin be careful!! I went ahead and bought 2 more

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yea time to buy myself a new thermometer. I'm gonna go with a lab one. Basic glass and mercury lol.

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yea time to buy myself a new thermometer. I'm gonna go with a lab one. Basic glass and mercury lol.
Buy two. They are simple, but not necessarily accurate.
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