broke my thermometer! - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > broke my thermometer!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-01-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
becsbrew
Recipes 
 
Feb 2012
Providence, RI
Posts: 20


Floating thermometer made it through my first 3 batches, but just now it ever so gently tapped the bottom of the pot and smashed.

Good news: I was just checking the temp of sparge water...at least it didn't break in the wort.

Bad news: now how do I make sure the sparge water is the right temp (my mash should be done right now...), and even more important, how should I estimate temp so I don't pitch too hot?

Background info: I'm brewing a partial mash (6 lbs of grain + extract), and pitching onto a yeast cake from a pale ale I just racked to the carboy a few minutes ago while mashing today's brew. Its a 3 gal boil, planning on chilling with an ice bath.

Should I sanitize a cup and scoop out some of the yeast cake in case I pitch too hot and kill it, to have some back up on hand? Anyone have a good rule of thumb for telling when the wort's cool enough without a thermometer?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 08:21 PM   #2
BrewBoy19
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Grand Rapids, michigan
Posts: 157
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Let it sit for over night then pitch. You could go but a new thermometer lol.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
amandabab
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
spokane, wa
Posts: 1,971
Liked 242 Times on 183 Posts


Don't you have a cooking thermometer in the kitchen you can sanitize and use in a pinch?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 08:27 PM   #4
becsbrew
Recipes 
 
Feb 2012
Providence, RI
Posts: 20

Quote:
Originally Posted by amandabab View Post
Don't you have a cooking thermometer in the kitchen you can sanitize and use in a pinch?
Nope....one draw back to a vegetarian household, never had a need for one.

I guess I could go out and buy one...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 08:28 PM   #5
Aschecte
Brewtus Maximus
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Aschecte's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Florida, NY
Posts: 1,692
Liked 65 Times on 61 Posts


S.o.l. Buddy !!! No seriously when you get sparge water you should have small bubbles beginning to form around 170-180 not big bubbles but small clingers on the bottom of the pot. That's about the best I can offer you unless you run down the road to the supermarket and get a cooking Thermo It will get you through the sparge. Good luck !!!
__________________
Funky Onion Brewing est.2010
Primary-Turbid mashed Lambic
Primary-Flanders Red
Secondary-Burley whiner American barleywine
Primary-A dark German lager or a Hoppy Munich Helles

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 09:19 PM   #6
Grumpybumpy
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
, Wa
Posts: 709
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Stick your finger in it, if it kinda hurts you're probably there

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 09:25 PM   #7
becsbrew
Recipes 
 
Feb 2012
Providence, RI
Posts: 20

Quote:
Originally Posted by Grumpybumpy View Post
Stick your finger in it, if it kinda hurts you're probably there
hah! Thanks for that one....

I guessed on the sparge water, now I'm halfway through the boil and debating running out to buy a thermometer once the kettle is in the ice bath, or just guessing before I pitch.

My plan was to get it down to temp and then dilute in the fermentor on top of the yeast cake...would it hurt to just throw some ice in there to be on the safe side?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 10:09 PM   #8
wfowlks
Recipes 
 
Oct 2011
Worcester, MA
Posts: 698
Liked 30 Times on 28 Posts


Another way to guestimate is that you can touch water that is about 120 degrees for a short time before it really hurts, I have the big green gloves, and I have found that at about 160, It takes about 5 seconds for my hand to feel the heat. Or I know that on my cook top, if I cover the pot on high for 3 gallons of water, it takes about 7 minutes to raise 10 degrees.

That being said, in order to make sure your wort is not to hot to pitch, you could always use one of those thermometers that you use to take your temperature if your sick. I would just be careful using them for anything over 110 degrees

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 04:04 AM   #9
mjmac85
Recipes 
 
Feb 2012
Kaneohe, Hi
Posts: 248
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by wfowlks View Post
That being said, in order to make sure your wort is not to hot to pitch, you could always use one of those thermometers that you use to take your temperature if your sick. I would just be careful using them for anything over 110 degrees
And make sure to disinfect it. Nothing like Flu Beer. Great way to start the zombie apocolypse!

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Thermometer broke joetothemo Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 03-11-2011 08:21 PM
my thermometer broke help plz DuffManMississippi Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 08-05-2010 11:30 PM
Thermometer broke in wort basisforaday Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 02-11-2010 06:24 AM
I Broke My Thermometer In My Wort Dennis1979 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 02-09-2009 03:21 PM
Broke thermometer and hydrometer The Bone2 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 01-25-2008 04:27 PM


Forum Jump