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Old 03-12-2010, 10:31 PM   #1
joey11bball
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So Im really excited because Im about to do my first partial mash recipe and my digital thermometer just came in. So sorry if Im rambling. But I ordered a digital thermometer on ebay for an unreal price of $1 plus $2.95 shipping not realizing that it was coming from China, until I got this email.


""
Your item has been shipped from Hong Kong Post via Airmail:

Once your item arrives, WE SINCERELY HOPE THAT YOU CAN LEAVE US 5 STARS SELLER RATING AND POSITIVE FEEDBACK.

Even you may not fully satisfied to the delivery time, we do hope you can
still give us 5 STARS RATING and POSITIVE FEEDBACK when you consider the
product you purchased from us are in such a good bargain and shipped from
oversea.

If you have received the item but feel like we fell short of FIVE STARS,
please contact me first and I will make sure you are happy. We can send a
replacement or refund payment. If you are not satisfied with shipping time
I will refund partial or full postage, but please DO NOT LOW Rating on Shipping
Time considering this is oversea transaction.
""

Well I laughed at this for a while and thought Id share it with you guys. And it came in today and I shoved it under my arm pit, gave it a minute, and it read 98.4 degrees, not bad. It took 15 days to arrive in Boston but for a total of $3.95 its definitely worth it. Just search "Digital Cooking Food Probe Meat Thermometer Kitchen BBQ" on ebay.

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Old 03-12-2010, 10:37 PM   #2
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I guess under the armpit is better than up your............



 
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:07 PM   #3
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Your going to brew with a $4 thermometer? I believe I would check more than my armpit temp.

 
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:09 PM   #4
joey11bball
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Well how else can I test it?

 
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:24 PM   #5
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Try ice water and boiling water. And if you have another thermometer, check that they both read within a degree or two of each other.

 
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:33 PM   #6
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1+ on the ice water. We run a commercial kitchen at our facility and that is how the Health Dept. tests our dial thermometers.

 
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Old 03-13-2010, 05:11 PM   #7
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I was going to suggest another body orifice but then you might not want to brew with it.

LOL

btw - It's crazy how some Ebay sellers are nutz to protect that 5 star rating. I ran up against one of them who sold me a POS $10 item and I had to spend $5 in shipping it because it was defective. They went crazy when I left them bad feedback.

 
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Old 03-13-2010, 11:51 PM   #8
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In the lab we use ice water and boiling water and always compare to a NIST calibrated thermometer. You need the extremes (0C and 100C) to determine the linearity of the device. While it may be accurate at 0C, the boiling temps could be a few degrees off.... In an ideal world, the device will be linear throughout the entire range you wish to measure.

 
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Old 03-14-2010, 12:00 AM   #9
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Thats an awesome score, but I would make sure to calibrate it before every brew day. The cheapies are known to eventually go bad and you dont want to mash 10 high or low
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:04 AM   #10
joey11bball
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So the thermometer sucks dont buy it. I guess it is cheap for a reason




 
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