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Old 09-04-2012, 12:06 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. I have recently switched to AG and have now gone through 2 digital thermometers. I don't know if immersing them in water did them in or what, but I can't buy a new thermometer every time I brew. Anyone have a recommendation on which thermometer will stand up to the task? Thanks!

 
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:13 AM   #2
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Well, you have two choices. You can buy a Thermapen now, or you can spin your wheels buying a series of cheap thermometers and ultimately buy the Thermapen a few weeks from now anyway. It's really up to you.
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:43 AM   #3
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I just started as well and wish I would have listened to the Thermapen people. I have a Thermoworks RT600C and it is good for the price $19.00 but I had some problems with it on brew day. My problem is I have already spent more than I had intended on thermometers so I am stuck until the holidays when Santa will be a delivering me a new Thermapen. I would avoid Taylor thermometers like the plague I have bought several different types of Taylors and they have all been garbage. Also probe thermometers seem like a good idea but the probe wire is not waterproof and it will mess up.

 
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:14 AM   #4
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What kind of digital thermometers did you get? The ones with the cable or the instant read pen type? I have had both and a variety of them and never had a problem. I can tell you that if you get the ones, Taylor or otherwise, that have the cable going to a stainless probe.. the cable end can't be submerged or even sprayed. They can be saved if you bake them in an oven to get rid of the moisture in them.

I've had a different experience than Normnmiles.. I love the Taylor thermometers.. pen type and cable. You just have to know what you can/can't do with them.

But, I do agree.. Thermopens are great. I got one of the referb's and was not disappointed.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:30 AM   #5
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I get the ones with the cable and probe. I like to drop them in my mash tun to monitor temps without opening it up, didn't know I couldn't do that! I'm afraid I'll loose heat if I open it up several times to check temps.

 
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:56 AM   #6
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I get the ones with the cable and probe. I like to drop them in my mash tun to monitor temps without opening it up, didn't know I couldn't do that! I'm afraid I'll loose heat if I open it up several times to check temps.
Me too! That's how I messed two of my thermometers up. I then read the instructions which said the wire was not waterproof and to not submerge the cable. Geesh who reads instructions anyways

 
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:46 AM   #7
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as mentioned, some probes are savable.. I know some who have "deep fried" the probe.. the hot oil boils out moisture, which shorts the probe (I guess) but when the oil gets down into the hollow of the probe it gels and seals it.. I've never had to do it.. altho I may have inadvertently as I use the probe frequently while doing long cooks of pork butts.. they have enough grease floating around in the air to cover everything.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:56 AM   #8
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Me too! That's how I messed two of my thermometers up. I then read the instructions which said the wire was not waterproof and to not submerge the cable. Geesh who reads instructions anyways
Yeah, who knew! I didn't read the instructions. I thought I knew how to use a thermometer so I just used it like I thought I should. Oh well. Guess that's how we learn! Would the steam hurt it if I don't totally submerge it in the mash tun? Or should I just use the instant read type thermometer? Thanks guys!

 
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:46 AM   #9
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Good question.. I'd think the steam would easily condense on the ss webbing around the wires and wick down into the probe. When I first started using them, I was careful to turn the bend (cable) end of the probe down to help prevent that. But, as mentioned above, I think I got enough congealed grease into the end cable end of the probe to prevent anything from getting in. YMMV
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:35 AM   #10
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Well, you have two choices. You can buy a Thermapen now, or you can spin your wheels buying a series of cheap thermometers and ultimately buy the Thermapen a few weeks from now anyway. It's really up to you.
I did the above, I jacked-up a lot of beer doing it!! I love my thermapen.

 
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