True Brew Floating Thermometer
- Question about broken thermometer.
Hello folks. I started brewing my first batch yesterday, but from the get go I started to experience complications. While boiling the grain mash I used a thermometer, a red true brew floating t
- New Brewpot - how should I invest?
So my birthday is coming up soon and my girlfriend decided to buy me a new brewpot (yes it's true love!) so I can do full boils instead of partial. I told her I would like an 8 gallon brewpot so sh
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Pros: Inexpensive. Accurate if and only if the temp remains steady.
Cons: Very slow temp response. Extremely brittle. Unsafe, IMO, due to possibility of cuts from glass shards.
Sluggish response, due to the thermo's bulb being surrounded by lead shot and some kind of plastic sealant, which insulates it from the outside. By the time it reaches what you think is the correct measurement, whatever you are heating is likely at a different temp. It simply cannot catch up with anything changing in temp.
These are very fragile and can break from even the mildest bump or sudden temp change. The latter scenario happened to me. I doubt the glass is borosilicate.
One of these breaking will ruin a batch. It's just not worth the risk. Spend a few more dollars and get a dial or digital thermo with metal probe.
Pros: Floated and measured temperature.
Cons: I think it needed to be in a deeper wort- I had to pick it up to read the thermometer. Broke in my wort during the second use. I still need to do some research before deciding if my whole batch should be tossed because it broke in my wort.
Recommended? NoExcited to get a floating thermometer. I wish I did research before putting this on my Christmas list. I would not have asked for it had I knew they all break so easily.
Cons: poorly made
Recommended? NoThis thermometer exploded in wort that was about 150F, ruining a 6 hour brew day on only the third batch it had been used for. Do yourself a favor and buy a better thermo.
April 17, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Pros: hasnt broken yet!
Cons: I have to hold it when putting it in 2.5 gallons of water in my large brew kettle.
Recommended? YesI think I will get an electronic thermometer if this one breaks soon
Pros: it floats has easy to read markings
Cons: slow to react very slow
Recommended? Nowell I will start with something positive - it's eventually acurate and easy to read. Now this is why I will never use it - it takes about 10 minutes to stabilize and even then it has me second guessing if it's done usually I have t double check with my digital if I do use it. It can really screw up your mash if you trust it. Here's a real life example I was shooting for a 154f mash temp for a stout and the thermo read 147 after about 10 minutes of mixing the mash well and letting it integrate well i let the thermo float for probably 5 minutes after that. So I added the app. water to hit my mash temp and after 5 minutes it read 154 so I thought I was good but I double checked with my digital a few minutes later and my mash ws at 160f so I check the floater and it's climbed to 158f and like 3 minutes later 160f. Point being it's very slow to react and I wouldn't trust it for on the fly readings or anything that you needed fast accuracy on.