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Old 03-31-2007, 03:46 AM   #1
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Default I think I need a new thermometer...

So I currently use this to monitor my mash temps, but I don't love it. It seems to jump around randomly, and get "stuck" on occasion. Case in point: I'm mashing a Dunkelweizen tonight... got the 10# of grain and water to 152F, and waited. Kept iodine testing, kept seeing black. Looking at the thermo the whole time, and it crept down a little (maybe 1 degree) in 60 minutes. Then at 75 minutes -- wham-o, I'm at 140F. WTF? No idea whether the initial temp was off, or the last, but there's no way my mash tun (stainless steel pot w/insulation blanket) lost 12 degrees with that kind of volume in 75 minutes (let alone 15). Even without insulation, that wouldn't happen.

Anyone use a good instant-read digital for mash temps? I used to use one made for meats, but I don't think the probe was meant for immersion (eventually it just read 248F, all the time)

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Old 03-31-2007, 09:08 PM   #2
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I picked up a digital probe thermo @ Wal Mart for $15. It's got a silicon tube around the wire and seems to be water proof. It hasn't wigged out like the exposed braided types. Great buy for the price IMO.

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A thermometer didn't come with my kit, but I got one of those BBQ fork meat thermometers for Fathers' Day a few years ago... l didn't like it for the grill, but its been great for brewing.

I just stick the fork end into a cup of stanitizer solution and use it to check temps throughout the brewing process
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I use this one, its expensive but it can be immersed into hot mash. Reads quickly and accurately.
Also if you do get it don't put it in the oven.
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