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Old 01-08-2009, 09:19 PM   #41
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Would Vaseline work instead of keg lube?
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:46 PM   #42
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Would Vaseline work instead of keg lube?
Nevermind, I'm going to try Ideal at Lowe's: Clear Glide Lubricant

It says it's good for using on electrical equipment, and it's non-toxic. Of course, I'll be washing the probe quite thoroughly afterward, but it's good to be safe.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:59 PM   #43
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Vaseline and the silicone tubing are not compatible. The hydrocarbon lube will attack the silicone. However, your average everyday "personal" lubricant works just dandy.

I think I used dish detergent when I made my waterproofing setup. It works well and won't harm the silicone.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:29 PM   #44
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Vaseline and the silicone tubing are not compatible. The hydrocarbon lube will attack the silicone. However, your average everyday "personal" lubricant works just dandy.

I think I used dish detergent when I made my waterproofing setup. It works well and won't harm the silicone.
But won't the water in those things cause the same problem that we're trying to avoid, by conducting electricity and throwing off the reading?
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:50 PM   #45
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so did anyone try the bed bath & beyond thermometer because its only $10 right now?

 
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:43 AM   #46
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I tried two of the TruTemp's from Target and I tore the cords off of both of the leads... Probably my fat sausage paws to blame... I have just gone to simple stick thermometers... Maybe I will try again...
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Nevermind, I'm going to try Ideal at Lowe's: Clear Glide Lubricant

It says it's good for using on electrical equipment, and it's non-toxic. Of course, I'll be washing the probe quite thoroughly afterward, but it's good to be safe.
So the clear-glide wasn't what I thought it was. It looked like it came in a small bottle, but it was more like a quart, and it says that it's conductive until it dries. Since I don't know how it's going to dry when sealed in some surgical tubing, I don't know that it'd work so well.

I may just go with the dish soap and hope it doesn't run under the silicone sheathing.
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:01 AM   #48
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What about just using some silicone caulk? I have thought about just caulking all over the cracks in the probe (that's what she said) but I'm not ready to ruin my $30 thermometer just yet.

 
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:07 AM   #49
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I just realized, I have that same probe as Bobby M (Taylor TruTemp) and it has been sitting in a fermenting bath/blow off mess without any issue. Does wort really treat it differently so that it will break?
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:13 AM   #50
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I have a "Polder" brand from Bed Bath and Beyond and as soon as the littlest bit of liquid hits those cracks between the probe and the braid, it freaks out and beeps like crazy and the temperatures go all wacky.

 
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