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Title: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: lonetreedavid on February 06, 2010, 04:47:18 PM
My thermometer died again yesterday - the second within a month!
The cheapies that I'm buying here ('cause that's all that's available) seem to attract moisture into their electronics and become totally useless very quickly.
I am looking for the best thermometer available - simple, reliable, metric scale and with a lifespan of more than 14 days (or 6 brews - whichever comes first)
Any recommendations - include please a link to on-line purchase plus "how long" you have owned your particular model.
thanks
David
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: weazletoe on February 06, 2010, 04:50:40 PM
I bought one at Wal-Mart for 12$, and it has served me well for over a year now.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: denny on February 06, 2010, 05:28:54 PM
Buy an inexpensive bimetal dial thermometer.  The get a certified lab thermometer to keep it calibrated.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: lonetreedavid on February 06, 2010, 05:49:02 PM
Could you please give me some more details - model, link etc
thanks
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: denny on February 06, 2010, 06:02:55 PM
Here's an example of the inexpensive thermometer...it has a nut on the back for adjusting it...

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/brewing-equipment/testing-measuring/thermometers/large-dial-thermometer-9-probe.html

And then something like this to calibrate the first one against...

http://cynmar.com/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=09601952

Be sure to calibrate at mash temps, around 150F.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: a10t2 on February 06, 2010, 06:03:16 PM
I've used this one for over 40 brew sessions. Obviously, it can't be left in the mash or anything, but it reads within a few seconds and I've found it to be accurate to much less than 1°C across the entire range. And of course the price is right.

http://www.amazon.com/Tru-Temp-Compact-Instant-Thermometer/dp/B000VK984I (http://www.amazon.com/Tru-Temp-Compact-Instant-Thermometer/dp/B000VK984I)

I also have a cheap glass thermometer like this one that I use in the mash, but it sounds like you're looking for something digital.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/review/product/list/id/279/category/23/ (http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/review/product/list/id/279/category/23/)
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: Kaiser on February 06, 2010, 07:42:13 PM
I recently bought this one because it is waterproof: http://cynmar.com/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=09601742

Kai
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: tygo on February 06, 2010, 07:50:39 PM
Anyone have any success with using something like a roasting thermometer with a probe that goes into the mash?  I don't think the one I have is fully submersible.  It'd be nice to have something that sits outside the mashtun and tells you what the temp is inside without having to open it up.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: weazletoe on February 06, 2010, 07:53:36 PM
I had one. Worked great till it caught fire while smoking some ribs.    ;D


(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd235/Weazletoe/S5001445.jpg)

Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: tygo on February 06, 2010, 07:56:17 PM
That actually looks tastier than the octopus in the Ethic cooking thread.

Did you just run the probe into the mash?  Was it fairly accurate?
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: weazletoe on February 06, 2010, 08:02:31 PM
 Probe right in the mash. It was off by a degree according to my trusty dial thermometer, so I kept this in mind when reading it. It really worked great. Don't know why I have not got anoher one. Might have o make a run to Walley's today.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: tygo on February 06, 2010, 08:07:32 PM
Good to know.  Might have to give the one I have a try.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: bluesman on February 06, 2010, 08:08:28 PM
Weaz...That was funny when you posted those ribs on the other forum. LMAO. I'm sure your making better racks these days. :-\
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: bluesman on February 06, 2010, 08:10:54 PM
I have this thermometer. I calibrate every so often using a lab thermometer.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/brewing-equipment/testing-measuring/thermometers/proaccurate-digital-thermometer.html
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: denny on February 06, 2010, 09:57:17 PM
Ah yes, the CDN Pro Accurate Quick Tip.  Came in first in America's Test Kitchen testing.  I have one I use for cooking but the probe is too short for my brewing purposes.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: roffenburger on February 07, 2010, 12:40:49 AM
I have this one, and I am a HUGE fan of it. You can also get it with a wire lead on it. Its waterproof, which is a definite plus.
http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Scientific-Digital-Thermometers-Stem/dp/B0015SGXAM
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: babalu87 on February 07, 2010, 04:14:22 AM
Taylor 9842 Commercial Waterproof Digital Thermometer

Bullet
Proof

I've dropped it into the mash, while chilling wort and its stood the test of time.
I have a dial thermometer as a back up but havent needed it yet (knocking on wood)

All for around $15.00
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: crabber on February 07, 2010, 05:46:28 PM
Ah yes, the CDN Pro Accurate Quick Tip.  Came in first in America's Test Kitchen testing.  I have one I use for cooking but the probe is too short for my brewing purposes.
Is there another America's Test Kitchen?  This one has been at the top of every ATK list I've ever seen:  http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/splashproof_thermapen.html

This is what I have, and it rocks.  But it's very expensive.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: lonetreedavid on February 07, 2010, 07:36:08 PM
Thank goodness for Amazon.
and the advice from all of you.
Ordered 3 thermometers - just keep on clicking and the orders keep on coming
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: denny on February 08, 2010, 04:33:10 PM
Ah yes, the CDN Pro Accurate Quick Tip.  Came in first in America's Test Kitchen testing.  I have one I use for cooking but the probe is too short for my brewing purposes.
Is there another America's Test Kitchen?  This one has been at the top of every ATK list I've ever seen:  http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/splashproof_thermapen.html

This is what I have, and it rocks.  But it's very expensive.

They recently cited the CDN as being as effective for lot less money.  But, yeah, the Thermapen is really good if you want to spend the $$.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: deepsouth on February 08, 2010, 06:57:32 PM
check out thermapens.   instant read.  awesome.  LONG battery life.  fully warranty.  not the cheapest, just he best.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: euge on February 11, 2010, 05:58:37 PM
I love my Superfast Thermapen! Pricey but worth it!

Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: redzim on February 12, 2010, 04:11:50 PM
I definitely recommend stuff from Thermoworks.com   

I haven't used their Thermapen but I have this mini unit that uses K-type probes (http://thermoworks.com/products/handheld/mtc.html (http://thermoworks.com/products/handheld/mtc.html)) and I got a couple different probes to handle all my brewing, smoking, and meat needs.

Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: brewbeard on February 13, 2010, 03:44:01 AM
I have this one, and I am a HUGE fan of it. You can also get it with a wire lead on it. Its waterproof, which is a definite plus.
http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Scientific-Digital-Thermometers-Stem/dp/B0015SGXAM

I have this also. I can attest it is definitely waterproof since I have dropped it in the mash and it still works fine.

My only complaint is that the response time is slow, but otherwise it seems very accurate.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: babalu87 on February 23, 2010, 02:00:55 PM
Taylor 9842 Commercial Waterproof Digital Thermometer

Bullet
Proof

I've dropped it into the mash, while chilling wort and its stood the test of time.
I have a dial thermometer as a back up but havent needed it yet (knocking on wood)

All for around $15.00

I knew it.

Reads about 6 degrees off now.
Its almost two years old, maybe I should change the battery. Cant calibrate it though...............

MEH, I'll send it back and use the lifetime warranty.
Glad I had the dial as a back up.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on February 23, 2010, 09:19:04 PM
You do not have to change batery on this one  ;D
(http://www.northernbrewer.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3/image/265x/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/i/m/image_518.jpg)
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: babalu87 on February 24, 2010, 01:19:58 AM
You do not have to change batery on this one  ;D
(http://www.northernbrewer.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3/image/265x/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/i/m/image_518.jpg)

Whats the response time on those?
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on February 24, 2010, 01:46:38 AM
I have it submerged all the time when I mash.
Otherwise I would say 10 sec.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: dean on February 24, 2010, 12:17:24 PM
I have it submerged all the time when I mash.
Otherwise I would say 10 sec.

What do you use to keep it standing upright so it doesn't fall down into the bottom of the mash? 
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: babalu87 on February 24, 2010, 12:28:19 PM
I have it submerged all the time when I mash.
Otherwise I would say 10 sec.

What do you use to keep it standing upright so it doesn't fall down into the bottom of the mash? 

Looks like its designed to stay upright
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: Jeff Renner on February 24, 2010, 02:05:22 PM
Does anyone have experience with a wireless remote read thermometer?  That would really be handy, especially when heating mash water out in the garage in winter.  I could hang out in the house where it's warm.

My daughter has one for cooking, but I have no idea how accurate it is.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: dean on February 24, 2010, 02:10:40 PM
Just try it and see how well it works, do comparisons with what you normally use.  Once I got my mash temp, I'd leave it anyway and just monitor with the remote if I thought there was a reason.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: tygo on February 24, 2010, 02:18:21 PM
I looked into getting one of them but the ones that I was finding were for sticking in a turkey or a roast and weren't completely submersible.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: babalu87 on February 24, 2010, 05:44:11 PM
Does anyone have experience with a wireless remote read thermometer?  That would really be handy, especially when heating mash water out in the garage in winter.  I could hang out in the house where it's warm.

My daughter has one for cooking, but I have no idea how accurate it is.

Probes on those things fail pretty frequently and liquids..................... forget it.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on February 24, 2010, 10:41:31 PM
I have it submerged all the time when I mash.
Otherwise I would say 10 sec.

What do you use to keep it standing upright so it doesn't fall down into the bottom of the mash? 

I hang it on side of mash tun.
That works with round 10 gal cooler.
Title: Re: The BEST thermometer in the World
Post by: rob_f on February 25, 2010, 05:30:12 PM
Does anyone have experience with a wireless remote read thermometer?  That would really be handy, especially when heating mash water out in the garage in winter.  I could hang out in the house where it's warm.

Set up a web cam pointed at the HLT thermometer, then just watch it on you PC.  This would come in handy all throughout the brewday...hands-off brewing!