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Old 11-07-2012, 08:14 PM   #11
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I'm a little late to contribute here but I've bought one from the company that makes thermopen:

http://thermoworks.com/

I didn't go with the pen because I wanted one like the cheap-o kitchen ones that I could toss a prob in. So my brewing friend and I each got:

http://thermoworks.com/products/handheld/mtc.html
It's the MTC model

and then we each got the long waterproof probe with it:

http://thermoworks.com/products/probe/tc_wire.html
It's the Model: 113-372/373/375-T

It's almost a little too long but I didn't want to end up too short. Not much difference in price for the long one anyways.

I called them up to ask about if this works for me in a mash tun. I asked my sales person if this was the correct thing to order for an all grain brewer with grain, 170 degree, sit in water, etc. I heard her ask the head sales guy and I could over heard him say "Yep, that is the combo the brewers use who put it into their big grain tub, no problem". The probe can be used to test the temp in a dish washer and the hand held part is mostly water proof. We've made 30 batches of beer over the last year with it, rain or shine, no problems and the battery is still fine. I suspect the handheld part into boiling water it wouldn't turn out so well but I've certainly gotten it wet. I would highly recommend it.

I got sick of using the $15 kitchen ones from walmart to have them die or be off by 10 degrees after 2 batches. This is money well spent IMO. Hopefully this helps somebody else.

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Old 11-08-2012, 05:43 PM   #12
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I have the same Thermoworks high temp waterproof probe that sniperd has but I have the Therma K thermometer.

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Old 01-10-2013, 05:51 PM   #13
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Just ordered thermometer based off your recommendation sniperd. I have had the same problems with thermometers being used a few times during BBQ and then being off. I will see how this one works, might also get another one for my Big Green Egg...

Thanks for the recommendation.

 
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:53 AM   #14
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Awesome, you'll really like it. We did have a 'problem' recently. All of a sudden one of our thermometers just started reading 400, 22, 650, etc. every few seconds. Oooohh no here we go..

So I called them up and the guy was pretty surprised I had a problem. It was under warranty so he said I could certainly send it back but he wanted me to try a few things. He had me take a paper clip and plug it into the mtc, where the probe plugs in. That read just fine so he said it was something with the probe. He then had me unscrew these 2 little screw on the probe and right away I noticed one was very loose.

I opened it up and a wire had come loose on the probe (the cable part) so I just put it back and tightened it up. Plugged it in and it was fine.

I'm a very happy customer.

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Old 02-05-2013, 06:10 PM   #15
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The thermometer is working very well! I use it for both BBQ and brewing...I also have a thermopen that I use too, and they are generally like 2 degrees off. But the thermopen you suggested was right on 212 when I boil water.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:27 PM   #16
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Awesome. I'm so glad I could help somebody. We probably went through 4 different cheap-o $10-$15 kitchen ones. We had one day where 2 gave us different readings (off by 20) so we boiled some water (since that is 212) and put them in to see which was right. One read 222 and the other was 202... that's when I went on the hunt for whatever would be the best.

We just had to take the plunge and spend the cash and hope for the best, I'm glad it's worked out for all of us.

 
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:38 PM   #17
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My British Racing Green Thermapen!
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:24 AM   #18
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You can't go wrong with a Thermapen! They are also great for calibrating your Auberin, Love, or Johnson temp controllers, or any other thermometer for serious accuracy. Bobby let us know how that new product stacks up!

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Old 02-08-2013, 07:49 AM   #19
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I have the Thermoworks RT301WA ( http://www.thermoworks.com/products/...t/rt301wa.html ). Its cheap at $19 but its super fast (5-6 secs temp reading) and accurate to within 0.9F up to 212F. Best of all it's waterproof since my friend dropped it in the mash during the last brewday. It floats slightly btw!

I think its a great option if you can't afford the thermapen. Thermoworks has a great line of low cost options including some with a 18" or 24" long probe! http://www.thermoworks.com/products/low_cost/
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:59 AM   #20
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I've owned a few other ones that always gave up on me after a couple years, here are the 3 I own right now:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o04_s01_i00

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o04_s00_i01

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o04_s00_i00

While I like all 3, the Taylor (first link I posted), is by far the best digital thermometer I've ever owned, I'm not saying it's the best out there but for the money it's a heck of a buy. It is the one I use for brewing. Oven style thermometers are my favorite, they are very versatile and you can set your target temperature and walk away. The Taylor has a timer built in which comes in handy, especially when brewing. I can stick the probe in my mash tun and leave it there, don't have to open the lid to check temps. I can stick the probe in my brew pot when heating strike water and set the temp alarm, and when it hits the temp, "beep beep", done!

 
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