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Old 11-30-2012, 01:21 AM   #11
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All the money, time, and beer I have wasted from a bad reading thermometer. Spend the money on something good like a Thermapen and check it often.


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Old 11-30-2012, 01:17 PM   #12
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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.
I have submersed the wire and the probe in the mash and the HLT with no problems. Not sure how it would work in a fermenter. I'd be more concerned with sanitizing it properly so I did not cause an infection.

Also, those fermometers work just fine at showing the fermentation temp and not the ambient temp. I think you'd be solving a problem that doesn't exist.


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Old 11-30-2012, 01:25 PM   #13
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I use a Taylor thermometer as well.



Mine has a built in timer, and an alarm that goes off when the water or mash reaches or dips below a certain temp.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:16 PM   #14
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Thermoworks makes an oven thermometer that you could probably submerge the probe in your mash tun or kettle if you sealed the joint between the probe and the wire with some silicone. http://www.amazon.com/ThermoWorks-Or..._bxgy_k_text_y

I have this one from Thermoworks and while it is a bit shorter, its very fast and accurate and cheap. http://www.amazon.com/Thermoworks-Wa...ref=pd_sim_k_3
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:30 PM   #15
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I BIAB and just leave this guy in there for the entire mash to see my temps. It is waterproof, it was actually made for liquids. Reads the air temp great as well though. I also use it during fermentation to keep an eye on those temps.

This is the waterproof probe, 3rd one listed, Heavy Duty Wire Probe
http://www.thermoworks.com/products/probe/tc_wire.html

and then I use this little Thermocouple guy
http://www.thermoworks.com/products/handheld/mtc.html

Edit: I used to use one like Grannyknot listed above, but after a few uses it crapped out on me. I'm guessing it had to do with moisture somehow making its way into the probe where it is connected to the wire.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:22 PM   #16
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I used one of these for a long time before getting a Thermapen. The Thermapen gives readings quicker, but for mashing I still use the other one because I can leave the probe in the mash and have the read-out outside.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:59 PM   #17
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I just picked up the thermo works THERMA K PLUS. Probe was free! With probe attached accurate to 1 degree F. In a few weeks ill post pics of my mash setup.
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I just picked up the thermo works THERMA K PLUS. Probe was free! With probe attached accurate to 1 degree F. In a few weeks ill post pics of my mash setup.
So how has it held up? Which probe did you get?
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I would highly advise AGAINST any of the Taylor thermometers mentioned here. I have gone through several that were wildly inaccurate and would quit working at random times. I got them cheap originally and had several replaced for free to due their malfunction. Eventually I had to give up on them. I was hoping to find something better on this forum but I don't like the idea of a pen that can't get a reading more than a few inches deep into your wort... Has anybody found a good probe style thermometer that works well?
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:06 AM   #20
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Or has anyone tried the Therma K from the same company that makes the thermopen? Seems like it would be just as accurate but you would actually be able to use it with your mash, which you obviously can't do with a pen...


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