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Old 06-28-2012, 08:17 PM   #11
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http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-9842-Co...al+thermometer

I have two of these and I'm a big fan. They read quickly and have withstood a lot of abuse.

 
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:19 PM   #12
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http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-9842-Co...al+thermometer

I have two of these and I'm a big fan. They read quickly and have withstood a lot of abuse.
That was the one I got before the Thermapen. It worked allright, was off by a few degrees, and broke after less than a year.
You get what you pay for.

I didn't pay full price for the thermapen, got it from their open box sale.

 
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:12 PM   #13
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On the advice of my LHBS I purchased Cooper HACCP Coolit Rite.
Found a great but on Amazon & it has been quick reading and accurate.

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:39 AM   #14
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A digital thermometer is nice while steeping but there really is no need for a thermometer in the kettle...you heat until it boils, time it, turn the heat off. I use a digital thermometer with a folding probe to check temps during; 1) steeping, 2) post boil chilling, and 3) yeast pitching.

Once you start mashing then it's a different story.
What thermometer do you use? This is what I need, a new one for, pre boil, post boil and pre pitch.

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:06 PM   #15
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When you are brewing with extract you don't need an exact temperature since your steeping can happen over a wide range of temperature without problems. I do like to have a thermometer in the wort as I approach the boil so I can turn the burner down to avoid a boil over but again, accuracy isn't really critical.

When accuracy becomes critical is if you are going to all grain brewing and need your mash temperature to be right. A few degrees difference from what you intend can have you end up with a very sweet beer or one that is very dry. Until you go all grain, just use whatever thermometer is handy for you.

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:17 PM   #16
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Its about $100 new but the thermapen is awesome. Temperature to within a 1/10 of a degree in four seconds. Its accurate and fast enough you can get different temperatures in different spots in the mash. Great for grilling too.

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:29 PM   #17
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Its about $100 new but the thermapen is awesome. Temperature to within a 1/10 of a degree in four seconds. Its accurate and fast enough you can get different temperatures in different spots in the mash. Great for grilling too.
Brown one is on sale for $79

 
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:13 PM   #18
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Steeping with crystal grains in extract kits still use the same temp range as mashing. Go over 170 & you still leach taninns from the grain hulls. Water volume with steeping,however,is the less crytical area. Time when steeping is rarely more than 20-30 minutes that I've ever seen. And my cheap glass floating thermometer still does a great job when temp readings are needed. I tie 3-4 twist ties together,with a hangman's noose at one end to hold the thermometer. The other end to the BK handle. I can then adjust the hieght of the thermometer in the kettle. Cheap & effective.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:57 PM   #19
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I use a glass floating thermometer but it can be a pain to read and I'm afraid one day it may slip out of my fingers and smash into the bottom of the kettle.

I'd love a digital one that could stick to the side of the kettle but have a floating sensor that could dip down into the wort.

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:57 PM   #20
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I love my candy/oil thermometer.



Very accurate, no temp problems. Nice easy to read display and the cover helps keep it from smashing when I store it and also allows me to pull it out of the pot and flip it upside down almost like the cover and thermometer form a bipod stand - so it never touches anything unsanitized.

 
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