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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:15:30 PM »

You can install 10 permanent dial thermometers to get a reading from around the mash, or you can get a thermapen and just move it. :)


BTW if you vorlauf you will get your temp range more or less even throughout. One dial thermo is all you would need.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:01:44 PM »
Well, I of course want one.  I'm just not going to admit that now.  ::)

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huh. Never heard of that one either. I guess if English malsters can malt lager malts German malters can malt ale malts. Or whatever.

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Not Bo Pils, but I've used Weyermann floor malted marris otter and loved it.

umm... i think you mean Warminster MO. Pretty sure German Weyermann isn't making any Maris Otter?!?

That makes more sense to me as well. Never heard of wyermann MO.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 22, 2012, 11:11:27 AM »
You can instal a permanent dial thermometer and just walk up and look at it at any time and save way more $$$$$ if that's the way you look at it.  ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lager starters cooled?
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:46:53 AM »
Rooms temps are fine. You are growing yeast, not making beer, so you will be good at room temp. You definitely want to pitch the starter cold, into cold wort, however.

edit: dang, david beat me to it.  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 21, 2012, 07:44:02 PM »
Well if you start with RO, it's probably close enough...

Missed where he said he used RO water.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 21, 2012, 12:08:59 PM »
Bru'n water software would be a total waste for me. My water changes often. I'd be willing to bet all ya'lls water changes regularly as well if it is coming from a municipal source. You can type your report into any field you want but that doesn;t guarantee that your water is anything like that report on any given day.

On light beer or dark beers I have to make adjustments (amber beers almost always hit spot on) and I personally wouldn't trust anything but a meter. I keep the strips around "just in case" but I don;t really trust them either. I never have been able to find the exact color match, even on the colorpHast strips.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:53:06 AM »
Even at $88 that sounds like a rip off for a thermometer. How many of you have an $88 thermometer but don't have a decent pH meter?  ;)
I have strips.  I don't use them, but I have them

Now I just wouldn't have admitted that. ??? ;)

$88 for a damn designer thermometer. Sheesh. I bet all you kids have jordash jeans, too. ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:22:34 AM »
Even at $88 that sounds like a rip off for a thermometer. How many of you have an $88 thermometer but don't have a decent pH meter?  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Inconsistent pH readings...
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:20:44 AM »
edit: I just looked at those thermapens. Personally I think your money would have been better spent on a pH meter.

Actually, I love the thermapen!  Taking temps is so much quicker and easier with it.  But a pH meter is likely in my hopefully-not-too-distant future. ;)

Priorities man! Getting accurate pH reading is better than a quick temp read.  ;)

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Alternate Ending release 2/22 in Eugene
« on: February 20, 2012, 08:05:00 PM »
What size kegs are they?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Does this sound right?
« on: February 20, 2012, 07:54:45 PM »
You checked the hydrometer, but is it calibrated? the one I have now is off by 4 points. In fact, I'm not sure I ever had one that didn't eventually go off by at least 2.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 20, 2012, 07:32:12 PM »
WTF are these things so expensive??? I'd prefer to stick with my $7 lab thermometer. Hell, Amazon is selling them (thermapen) for $199!!!!  :o That is NUCKINg fUTZ! Some of you obviously have more money than sense.  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Inconsistent pH readings...
« on: February 20, 2012, 07:24:39 PM »
I think I spent $60-70 on my bench meter. well worth the investments. Those colorpHast strips are trash IMO. I keep some "just in case" something goes wrong with my meter but the color never looks the same as the color key and I just hate 'em.

edit: I just looked at those thermapens. Personally I think your money would have been better spent on a pH meter.

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