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Old 11-27-2012, 03:23 AM   #1
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Does anyone have advice on which brewing thermometer to use? I used a glass floating brewer's thermometer but it broke in the wort during brew day. Talk about a great way to ruin brew day! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 11-27-2012, 04:42 AM   #2
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It's been addressed before and the verdict is to get a Thermopen if you can afford it. I have one and have no regrets. It's super fast, accurate and easily sanitized with a Star San dip. I use it to calibrate all my thermometers (mash tun, RIMS system, fermenter, etc). If you keep your ear to the ground for deals, you can often get one for ~ $70 but you can easily find one for ~ $90. It's cyber Monday, so look around.


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Old 11-27-2012, 04:45 AM   #3
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If you can't spend the coin on the thermapen, I highly recommend the CDN DTQ450.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:49 AM   #4
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The CDN and Thermapen work well, but they are too short IMO. I'm looking at these right now, and actually started a thread about it a few minutes ago http://www.labdepotinc.com/Product_D...pid~60141.aspx
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:41 PM   #5
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i just checked that lab depot. thats only accurate to within 1.9 degrees F.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:11 PM   #6
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Look closer, they have 4 different models. The two regular $25 ones you are talking about only have 1.9*F accuracy. The two $50 "Ultra" models have a 0.4*F and a 0.9*F accuracy.

Also, I would not advise making a purchase with this company. I just tried to place an order for one $50 thermometer, and they wanted $25 for shipping and "handling", even though they are only a few hours away. I got one from nova-tech instead.

Has anybody used these?
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:22 PM   #7
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I like these taylor brand thermometers

Cheap and they work great. the probe wire is fairly durable and can be exposed to liquids and high temps. It also handy for stuff in the oven and on the grill. They don't last forever but at 15.00 it's easy to replace. I got mine at target.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:56 PM   #8
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I have been super happy with the RT600C from Thermoworks (same company as the Thermopen). It is pretty long, very responsive, the only downside is that it doesn't have automatic shutoff, but they do include a spare battery. It is $25 shipped. I wasn't able to justify $90 for a thermometer.

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:23 PM   #9
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If you use an over thermometer like maida7 said, it will last much longer if you: 1) cover the interface between the probe and the wire in silicone tubing to keep water from getting into the probe tip (which changes the conductance and eventually ruins the probe) and 2) keep the unit it from getting hot (as with any electronics). I can't hang them on my kegs because the heat coming up from the burner is too much (even when I insulated it from the actual keg side)

For the price + a couple bucks in silicone tube, I can't beat them and I can afford to have one rigged into my HLT, mash tun, and boil kettle (to warn me as it is getting close to a boil)... and have a spare if any of them does go bad.

Without having a fully automated set-up, if things are off by a few degrees I'm never going to notice it. And it does read within 1 degree for boiling and freezing... so I think I'm probably ok. I'm mostly going for close when I brew anyway, and I fully embrace the "relax, don't worry" aspect of homebrewing, so I think this is a good solution.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:44 AM   #10
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I like these taylor brand thermometers

Cheap and they work great. the probe wire is fairly durable and can be exposed to liquids and high temps. It also handy for stuff in the oven and on the grill. They don't last forever but at 15.00 it's easy to replace. I got mine at target.
Is the whole probe and wire submersible? I want to have a "real" reading of my ferment temps inside the carboy, this looks like it would work... I am tired of those Fermometers, and having to guess what the actual temp of the wort is VS. ambient temp.


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