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Old 11-26-2012, 09:47 PM   #1
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I saw the new Thermo K Plus handheld thermometer. It usually goes for 125 and the probe is additional 60 but the probe is free for today i think. The accuracy (after talking to the represenative) was accurate to within a degree.


Has anyone used this and had good luck? or is it just that new?


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Old 11-27-2012, 05:04 AM   #2
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I haven't used it, but I did check it out. Looks good, but the probe it comes with is not submersible, though you can get a water and heat proof one for an additional $29. But $129 seems extreme with all the other high accuracy options out there.


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But $129 seems extreme with all the other high accuracy options out there.
Yeah, way too much.
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you kinda get what you pay for, from my experiences...

What are these other affordable options you speak of?

and to have a precision tool to correctly and accurately measure your mash? I thought that was of the upmost importance because 154 and 152 is the difference between one thats drier and one being a semi sweet (not quite 156)
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and to have a precision tool to correctly and accurately measure your mash? I thought that was of the upmost importance because 154 and 152 is the difference between one thats drier and one being a semi sweet (not quite 156)
I've found that repeatability is much more important than ultimate accuracy.
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I'm looking at these right now. Their accuracy ranges from +/- 0.2 - 0.5*C depending on the model. The Therma K has an accuracy of +/- 0.3*C, so they are comparable, but half the price.

http://vwrlabshop.com/vwr-long-stem-...ers/p/0013413/
http://vwrlabshop.com/vwr-lollipop-t...ers/p/0025608/

I have seen a lot of good reviews for this one, but it should be noted that the cable can't take high temps http://vwrlabshop.com/vwr-waterproof...ers/p/0013422/

IMO anything with a 0.5*C(0.9*F) variance is close enough for mashing. And like bja said, repeatability is very important too. I never calibrated my old thermometer, but I knew to keep my mash temp at a very high 160*F if I wanted a medium bodied beer. Worked every time.
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Reliability is as important as accuracy if not more so... I guess I never thought about that. Personally, I can be anal retentive about accuracy readings and organizational things.

I like the Handheld ones because I plan on leaving just the probe submersed horizontally in my cooler and attaching the handheld unit to the side of the cooler for constant accurate readings.


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