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Old 11-17-2012, 12:35 AM   #1
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I want to pick up a probe thermometer to more accurately control my mash temperature, but I'm not sure about what model to pick up. I'm on a pretty tight budget, so cost is a bit of a factor. Let me know what you guys use or would recommend.

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Old 11-17-2012, 12:40 AM   #2
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if by probe you mean one of those meat thermometers that are meant to stay in the oven attached to a LCD screen outside the oven, i wouldnt recommend them. 1. they are not intended to be submerged in liquid 2. the ones i have used have not been very accurate.

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Old 11-17-2012, 01:12 AM   #3
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I'm in the market for one as well. I've heard that Thermoworks makes a good one for $20. RTC something or other.

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Old 11-17-2012, 01:17 AM   #4
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I started with the alcohol lab thermometer that came with my kit. I then bought a bi-metal dial thermometer. Next was a $20 digital probe. It adjusts so slowly that I got frustrated and ordered a Thermopen. I have yet to use it. Next Wednesday!

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Old 11-17-2012, 01:18 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by k47k View Post
You must have missed the OPs statement of "ON a budget"

I love my thermapen, but I also can vouche the roughly $20 CDN

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Old 11-17-2012, 01:25 AM   #6
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Thermoworks, the people who make Thermapen also make a budget version, which is what I have. I got it from Amazon for $25. It's actually shipped from the manufacturer. It's great, I love it. It reads in less than 6 seconds. Seems very accurate. I recommend it.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:25 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by brettwasbtd View Post
You must have missed the OPs statement of "ON a budget"

I love my thermapen, but I also can vouche the roughly $20 CDN
I second the CDN. Might be the best value priced digital thermometer out there.

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