« on: December 09, 2013, 08:18:07 PM »
If he stirs in grain to water(a little at a time) there won't be any dough balls.
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Brrrrrr! Yep, gonna be a chilly brew this weekend. I may break down and get a little heater for the garage.
Anybody ever use those dish type models?
Big Al, I like to use a calibrateable bimetal thermometer. Every few brews I calibrate it at mash temps using a certified lab thermometer. Something to consider.Tell ya what: if(when?) I break one of my lab(-style) thermometers, I'll replace it with a certified lab thermometer. If(when?) The other one breaks, I'll try a good bimetal thermometer. But it just wouldn't be pragmatic to replace them before that since I'm happy with what I've got. I do understand that although my process works for me, my recipe may or may not be repeatable on someone else's system. Then again, is any recipe truly transferable from one system to another?
My thermometer is just another part of my process. I don't know if it's exactly accurate at mash temps but it's accurate enough. If a beer doesn't attenuate the way I want it to on one batch, I just adjust on the next batch and I get what I want.I have 2 in case I break one. They both read 32 in ice water and 212 in boiling water.
Unless you mash at 32 or 212, that test may not be accurate. You need to check them at mash temps.
others just quit after several batches-two while doing brewing demos at my lhbs. On those two brews the owner gave me dial thermometers to use and my attenuation was nowhere near what I expected. Maybe if I started off with a thermapen I would still be using it. Maybe not. Either way I'm done with digital thermometers.
After I switched to lab-type thermometers, my attenuation was a little off but I adjusted and dialed in and I am quite happy with my process and my beer.You don't have to be brave to use glass. Just careful. Like holding a newborn baby...Glass lab thermometer. Very accurate, fast reading, and costs ~$7.
You're a brave man. I've read too many stories of those breaking during use.
You gotta be brave to drive a car with some of the knuckleheads on the road but that doesn't stop any of us.
Glass is our friend.
I have 2 in case I break one. They both read 32 in ice water and 212 in boiling water.Glass lab thermometer. Very accurate, fast reading, and costs ~$7.
are you sure that isn't a 'lab-type' thermometer? a lot of homebrew stores sell lab-type thermometers for cheap, but they are about as accurate as me sticking my finger in the mash and telling you what i think it is. most true lab thermometers (NIST traceable, etc) are a bit more expensive.
Great idea!If you disassemble your QDs, be careful. There are o-rings and other parts that can go right down the drain.
I use a big tea ball when cleaning parts. Soak and to rinse in the ball then dump into a towel.