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Skins_Brew

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I am sure someone else here besides me has used the Pyrex Probe Thermometer. Its a very appealing product with its timer and temp alarm features. Anyway, mine ceased to function after using it for two brews. Well, i was doing some research on this thing and apparently the probe is not water proof, and if it is submerged, it will give way off readings. I read today that if you bake the probe, any moisture inside of it will evaporate and the probe will function as normal. I tried it today and it does indeed work. It was quite ironic that i got my broken probe thermometer to work and the same day my old fashioned dial thermometer ceased to work. Lucky me. I was in limbo for about 30 min trying to figure out which one was giving an accurate reading.
 

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It's because water gets into the braid or the top of the probe and messes with the wire that gives the reading. You can either buy a water proof thermometer or some people will waterproof theirs with some tubing and orings.
 

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Go to the fish store/PetSmart and get some silicon aquarium airline/tubing. slip that over the probe and up the cord.
I use little zip ties to seal mine up.
 

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I was using SWMBO's digital oven thermometer for brewing and it started acting crazy after my second batch. It was reading 180º just sitting on the counter, I thought I had ruined it!

I was too lazy to throw it out, and your thread came along just in time. I put the probe end in my toaster oven and set it for 350º for 30 minutes, and now it seems to be back to normal.

Thanks!
 

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Did you tell SWMBO how you managed to "fix" it? She may be impressed with your manly repair skills (or pissed that you screwed it up in the first place.);)
 

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Yeah, she was happy that I displayed a modicum of handiness and saved $15 on a replacement. Of course I still need to get myself a brewing thermometer, but at least it won't be 2 thermometers.
 
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