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Old 04-17-2013, 02:21 AM   #1
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Default Best Thermometer for monitoring your mash temps

So, I don't have a fancy keggle mash tun, I just have a stalwart igloo cooler. I'm looking for the best type of thermometer to pair with this type of mash tun and I was hoping that this great community might have a few suggestions.

Right now I'm debating between these two:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2Z11XO0S3YBCN

http://www.coleparmer.com/buy/produc...-k-4425cp.html

I'm open to other suggestions, but if the price tag goes north of $100 bucks I want a darn good reason for it. Something like "It will help you make beer that will elevate you to a godlike status." or some such.


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Old 04-17-2013, 02:24 AM   #2
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I use a digital waterproof cooking one, with the wired probe, even has a timer on the unit! I have calibrated at boiling and freezing, it's dead on. Need to get a decent one though, but they're no where near $100


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People rave about thermapens, but I got one of these from the same company: http://www.thermoworks.com/products/handheld/mtc.html

Pair it with the waterproof wire probe and you have something you can leave in your cooler throughout that's accurate to 0.2degrees. The two together will run you about$80. Get the inexpensive meat probe for $30 more and you can use it for roasting, barbecuing, or grilling.
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I went cheap and got a $15 digital one from Walmart, it's stainless steel and it's similar to the expensive pens one. Takes quick and accurate reading down tothe tenth and works like a champ! I've used it twice so far and has really helped me dial in my mash temps and help improve efficiency. I just couldn't justify spending 40-60, I put that $ into my ingredients instead(just my 2 cents).
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I use this guy and it works well (also use it for its intended purposes of smoking/grilling). http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-Scienti...ss+thermometer
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This for spot checking.

This for water proof probe in mash and mash timing.
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AnOldUR is that 2nd linked one really water proofed good? how long is the cable...I swear I searched high and low for one that is water proof that didn't cost $100 and had a long enough cable to leave in the mash tun and/or kettle.
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AnOldUR is that 2nd linked one really water proofed good? how long is the cable...
It has some bad reveiws on Amazon, but my wife bought one for me a few years ago. I've had good luck with it and it has been accurate over that time. I have the probe attached to a stainless rod and submerse it for the whole mash. I'd guess the cable is about three feet long. I really like having the mash time and temperature in one place.

I like it enough that I've bought a second one as a backup when I saw it on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond.
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Someone had the Cole Palmer one mentioned in an article on the main page within the last few days. Said that it helped him increase efficiency and his brews that were watery because his other thermometers with about 5 degrees off.

I personally don't have any experience with either of these but the more ive been reading the more ive seen people advising to spend the extra $$$, that its worth it in the long run IF your beer hasn't been up to par so far.

While im not seeing great reviews on them keep in mind they are being used for a broad array of fields, not just home brewering. As long as you cna get an accurrate, easily calibrated thermometer with a water proof probe, you should be fine.
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I bought two of the 15$, 6", probe dial thermos at my LHBS a while ago. Always have been spot on and read pretty fast. Its always an option. But a nice digital is always good to have on hand.


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