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Old 06-17-2009, 12:32 PM   #1
jacksonbrown
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My last two brews, a nut brown and amber, beers I haven't made in nearly a year, beers I was very much looking forward to enjoying this summer, both got messed up because I was unknowingly using a busted thermometer. Readings were 15 deg off, reading too low (so 150 was actually 165). Both brews rang in at 1.053 and they've both settled at 1.020 when they should have been 1.013. So due to extremely high mash temps I have ended up with extremely unfermentable wort and am sad.
I made a sad face.
I'm sure they'll still be fine and drinkable, but they won't be the same beers I have looking forward to all year.
</rant> thank you for listening. I feel better already.

 
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:09 PM   #2
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I just got into AG brewing (brewed my first batch Monday). After reading several threads like this, and comments about general unreliability of many thermometers on other threads & forums, I decided I was going to bite the bullet, and bought a Thermapen. It cost me $103 delivered, but after using it on only one batch, I would have to just quote the old saw "You get what you pay for."
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:30 PM   #3
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Well, my thermometer had lasted for over a year of brewing, but yeah, things do break down over time.

 
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