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Old 02-23-2010, 04:10 PM   #1
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Hello,

I'm looking for a current recommendation on a digital thermometer. I'm using a lab grade and I want to try something different.

I used the search but everything becomes obsolete the next day so I wanted to see which ones people are using right now that they really like.

I'm hoping to find one that is not crazy expensive but does a really good job.

Suggestions??
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:18 PM   #2
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Thermapen

Expensive, but there is nothing better. I love mine and wish I would have bought it years ago.
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:31 PM   #3
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Thermapen

Expensive, but there is nothing better. I love mine and wish I would have bought it years ago.
Is the probe long enough to take an accurate reading of the grain bed temperature in the mash?? I've read that you need to get a little ways below the surface for an accurate reading.

Is there a warranty with that baby??
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:55 PM   #4
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If you don't want to spend $100 on a thermometer, this one is great. By far the most accurate i've bought for the money. I've been using one for the past two years, and would never even consider buying another type.

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/SELF-..._P1434C102.cfm

 
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:05 PM   #5
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I'll also be buying that CDN one after my Taylor craps out. There was one place I found it for about the same price that had free shipping over $25. Buy one for the kitchen too.
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:06 PM   #6
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If you do want to spend $100, get yourself a used Fluke 51 or 52 (make sure you get version II for either). They are built rock solid, made for pros, and will last a lifetime. Not to mention the Type K thermocouple allows it to be hooked to multiple probe styles (barbecure thermometer, baby thermometer, etc...) as well as to through wall thermocouples hooked to your mash tun.

If you get the 52 II (what I have), you can monitor you mash temps and sparge water temps at the exact same time with super precise precision. The one I bought used on ebay actually had a relatively recent NIST calibration sticker on it.

 
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If you do want to spend $100, get yourself a used Fluke 51 or 52 (make sure you get version II for either).
Cripes, does it come with a backpack?

 
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:12 PM   #8
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If you don't want to spend $100 on a thermometer, this one is great. By far the most accurate i've bought for the money. I've been using one for the past two years, and would never even consider buying another type.

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/SELF-..._P1434C102.cfm
Very cool. I like this price a little better. Not to take away from the Thermapen, but I might be too clumsy to own a $100 thermometer.
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:29 PM   #9
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I'll also be buying that CDN one after my Taylor craps out. There was one place I found it for about the same price that had free shipping over $25. Buy one for the kitchen too.
Amazon has them for a bit cheaper, and offers the $25 free shipping.
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:48 PM   #10
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Very cool. I like this price a little better. Not to take away from the Thermapen, but I might be too clumsy to own a $100 thermometer.
And you can be clumsy with the CDN and get away with it. I'm not sure about the "dishwasher safe" that they claim on the Amazon site, but I've dropped mine into boiling wort, fished it out with a spoon, and it still works perfect.

I have both the black faced and this silver faced one. They're suppose to be the same, but they are a little different. The silver one has a coating on the end of the probe and I think it reads a little faster. Overall it seems to be made better.

 
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