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Old 08-28-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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I am actually looking for 2 thermometers, one floating one and a normal one. I think I should have 2 for accuracy.

I am wondering if you guys could recommend some brands to me that you have tried/used and liked.

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Old 08-28-2013, 08:09 PM   #2
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A lot of people like the Thermapen, myself included. It's very accurate and fast. I've had mine for over a year and I love it.

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/

As for a floating thermometer--I don't use them so I can't speak to that.

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Old 08-28-2013, 08:19 PM   #3
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A lot of people like the Thermapen, myself included. It's very accurate and fast. I've had mine for over a year and I love it.

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/

As for a floating thermometer--I don't use them so I can't speak to that.
isnt this a food thermometer (mainly for meat and steaks)?
How do you guys use this? just take the surface temperature?

 
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
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isnt this a food thermometer (mainly for meat and steaks)?
How do you guys use this? just take the surface temperature?
You put the probe into the liquid and get a reading. Where is the confusion? You obviously can't get the temp from the middle of the liquid or mash, but I have not found any long probe thermometers that are accurate.

 
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:30 PM   #5
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The probe is four inches long or so, I batch sparge so I measure after I've stirred things up. I bought it solely based off recommendations from people on this site. I'm glad I did, it's awesome.

 
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:34 PM   #6
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My thermapen was the best money I ever spent. I use it for brewing and I've found a lot of uses for it in the kitchen as well. I actually gave my girlfriend a hard time because she (slightly) overcooked a tri-tip. "Didn't you use the thermapen?"

I should feel lucky she cooks for me at all!

 
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:34 PM   #7
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+1 on the Thermapen. Really fast, really accurate and while it is a little more pricey than some of the cheaper ones out there, it will last for a long time if taken care of.
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Love that signature quote!!!

 
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If you don't want to plunk down a c-note for a thermapen, this one is quite accurate, and fast. Made by the same company.

BTW, my experience with the floating thermometers has been less than satisfactory. That wad of shot pellets and wax in the bulb is a good insulator, which results in lag time. If you are measuring something that is changing in temp, your reading is likely to be off.

 
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:46 PM   #10
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I use a metal probe thermometer bought at my local homebrew shop. Then I also have this one bought off of Amazon. I bought it with the probe and use it to check the other thermometer on brew day. It is easier and quicker to check with the simple dial metal probe so I use it, but before doing that I check to make sure it reads the same as the digital thermometer.
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