Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Winners Drawn!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Help! Thermometer in Carboy
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-15-2013, 11:15 PM   #1
FeelingSurly
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Posts: 14
Default Help! Thermometer in Carboy

My father and I were trying to check the temperature inside our glass carboy when he dropped the damn thermometer in the carboy itself. It was sanitized beforehand, so I feel a little relieved. But does anyone have any suggestions on how to get a glass thermometer out of a carboy?

I will never give this job to my Father again....


FeelingSurly is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2013, 11:18 PM   #2
mburnett274
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Posts: 92
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

Leave it till you rack the beer out


mburnett274 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2013, 11:21 PM   #3
Jipper
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 509
Liked 46 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Chew up some bubble gum, put it on a stick....

Just kidding. That's a good question though, and it's unfortunate it's a glass carboy (plastic has a wider mouth )

Now this is just theory, but if you have DME sitting around that might actually be your best bet. DME with a little water will create an abnormally sitcky solution. Perhaps you could dip some sanitized tubing or a sanitized stick in some DME / water (mostly DME) and then go fishing with that? If you can make it connect with the thermometer, hold it on there for a solid 10-15 seconds to get the best "grip" possible and then slowly pull up. Or wait to rack and then carefully slide it out after getting the precious beer out

Just a crazy idea. I don't know of any extremely skinny tongs that you could use. If you had extra long chop sticks and were a pro...

Good Luck Hopacolypse!
Jipper is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2013, 11:29 PM   #4
FeelingSurly
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Posts: 14
Default

Thanks Jipper, great idea! I was also thinking skinny tongs!

I am brewing a saison with the pain in the ass Wyeast 3724. I have to shake my carboy around in order to get my yeast in suspension again. But I'm extremely afraid of breaking my thermometer into it
FeelingSurly is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2013, 11:30 PM   #5
Jipper
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 509
Liked 46 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Yeah - don't break it! Lead / Mercury is not good in beer. Haven't tried it, but I don't think I'd be able to tell you about it if I had!

Good luck again Hopacolypse - hope this batch turns out well for you!
Jipper is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2013, 11:31 PM   #6
bradpoff
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 67
Liked 14 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Rack it, pour out the thermometer! Carefully.

I had to get a stopper out of one and did it using the table trick where you shove a cork into a wine bottle and take it out with a cloth napkin (they love it at really nice restaurants when you start doing table tricks!) Think Chinese finger trap.
bradpoff is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2013, 02:59 AM   #7
JohnSand
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: , Long Island, NY
Posts: 1,827
Liked 381 Times on 277 Posts
Likes Given: 1462

Default

Suck it into a long straw? Actually, some kind of siphon pump might work.
JohnSand is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2013, 03:06 AM   #8
AlCophile
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Strafford, New Hampshire
Posts: 320
Liked 28 Times on 24 Posts

Default

Does thermo have a loop molded into the top end? Might be able to get a fish hook(no barb) into it.
Otherwise, just rack, but get ready to stop transfer if thermo breaks at any time.


AlCophile is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Adhesive Carboy Thermometer Moonlighter Fermentation & Yeast 26 01-17-2012 12:48 AM
Broke my Blichmann thermometer AND a carboy today... carnevoodoo General Beer Discussion 2 08-11-2010 04:11 AM
Carboy tape thermometer vs. actual temp Judochop Fermentation & Yeast 8 04-20-2010 08:44 PM
carboy thermometer gonzoflick Equipment/Sanitation 6 05-31-2006 12:58 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS