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Old 06-10-2012, 11:53 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by AJStank View Post
Is there a particular type of thermometer you'd recommend? I have a dial thermometer and a floating one but the floater reads boiling water 20-30 degrees low. My dial isn't super accurate either despite calibrating it. I'd appreciate any input. Thanks!
I've had good results with some cheap thermometers, and not-so-good results with more expensive thermometers, so price isn't always an indicator.

I used this one very sucessfully, until I dropped it one too many times: I checked it against "good" thermometers and it was always right on.

I currently have a Thermopen, and I love it. But it's about $75 more than that one!
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:10 PM   #12
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Get an NIST certified lab calibration thermometer. Use it to calibrate your brewing thermometer(s) at mash temps...around 150F. Don't calibrate using freezing/boiling water unless you mash at freezing or boiling temps!
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:06 PM   #13
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+1 on the Thermopen. It was $95.00, but it's accurate to plus/minus .7 F and it stabilizes within 3-4 seconds. I can get multiple readings around my mash tun in 30 seconds.
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