I had some issues with my old school analog thermometer yesterday, so I'm thinking I'll get a digital one before my next brew.
I read a couple old threads and saw that Thermapen gets highly recommended, but I don't understand why. It's expensive and there is no cord for the probe, so it seems like it would be hard position/mount in the kettle.
I have 2 Acu-Rite digital thermometers that I use for my smoker that look like this:
They cost about 20 bucks and will easily cover the temp range needed for the mash and boil. Also, the probe is on a cable such that it could be submerged in the kettle with the display sitting on the counter nearby. Seems convenient.
Would something like that work, or is there a reason I should splurge on a more expensive model?