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Old 04-10-2011, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default Glass hates me!

I never knew a mineral could hate someone but glass officially hates me! I've previously broken two hydrometers and then yesterday I broke my floating thermometer IN my brew just by stirring it!

Mercury thermometers are illegal now so I just let it brew. It was an IPA so I had to strain it anyhow. Pretty sure I got 99% of the glass out of it.

Anyone know of a plexiglass or plastic hydrometer and thermometer?

My first really high gravity beer too.. 1.068 OG.


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Old 04-10-2011, 09:58 PM   #2
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Before I even broke a hydrometer I bought this long stem dial themometer. I have dropped it from the kettle sitting on the counter all the way to the floor and had to recalibrate it but it didn't break. It has a nice clip to secure it to the side of the kettle.

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/dial-thermometer.html


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Old 04-13-2011, 02:04 PM   #3
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Even though I know it wasn't mercury, I was a little worried about what was in the thermometer that I broke in my brew. There are plenty of other nasty liquids out there other then mercury. I googled it and found this:

"You can identify the liquid in a thermometer based on its color. Silver liquid indicates that the thermometer contains mercury, while red liquid is alcohol to which red coloring has been added. Although uncommon in modern thermometers, a clear color indicates water."

Mine was red, so ironically my beer got a tiny bit of alcohol added to it, lol.

So basically I can continue relaxing and enjoying my homebrew stout that is finally done while I wait on this batch and the wheat to finish up.
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:43 PM   #4
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I broke two floating thermometers on back to back batches and then two hydrometers in a month. I gave up on the glass thermometer and got and love my thermapen. I was lucky that they just cracked and nothing leaked out so my beers were ok but still when you hear that pop or crack it sends tingles up your spine!
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:55 PM   #5
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Does it mention what type of alcohol? Ethyl alcohol is what we get in the beer, Isopropyl alcohol is rubbing alcohol, and Methyl is wood alcohol and I believe both are fairly highly toxic, esp the Methyl. I suppose though it would have boiled off in during the boil but I would be very leery about assuming that all alcohol is the same.

I recommend getting an instant read mettle thermometer that goes between 0-220 deg f such as this one:
http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CDwQ8gIwAA#

There are countless examples. As for hydrometers, I think that they are all glass but are built to easily take high heat temps, the problem you run into is dropping them into the liquid too hard and having them hit the bottom and crack.
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maybe its time to upgrade to a Refractometer

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I just bought that thermometer you posted off Amazon for $6 with free shipping, thanks! I'll look into a refractometer.. gotta sneak the price by the wife somehow though.
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I broke a floating thermometer in my fermenter once. All the little metal beads disolved in the beer and gave it a really strong and bad metallic taste. I gave it a chance, but I have since dumped must bottle since it completely undrinkable.
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I have a couple of these. Pretty accurate and not bad for $4 shipped.



Digital Probe Thermometer


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