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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #45 on: February 21, 2012, 12:03:35 PM »
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that being said I also don't own a pH meter.
I don't think you really need one...

I suspect that to be the case. I start with RO and use bru'n water so I imagine I am fairly close most of the time.
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #46 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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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #47 on: February 21, 2012, 12:13:28 PM »
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
Admit which, that I have them or that I don't use them?

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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #48 on: February 21, 2012, 12:19:50 PM »
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.

I haven't used Martin's water program so I don't want to attest to that. I've heard a lot of great things about his program.

I agree Keith. My meter has the final say as to how I'm proceeding with my mash. I was amazed at the difference I discovered when I first started using a meter. My Pilsners and Helles' have improved drastically since adjusting my water based on my meter measurements. It's amazing what 15mL of Phosphoric acid will do for a Munich Helles.

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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #49 on: February 21, 2012, 12:53:32 PM »
Well if you start with RO, it's probably close enough...
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #50 on: February 21, 2012, 01:18:28 PM »
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.  I might get a pH meter at some point, I just don't have the need - I'm making great beer without out ;)

i use strips on occasion and seem to always have decent ph. but Tom, you need to prove to me you are making great beer ;D, i mean, i believe you i just need documentation and all.
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #51 on: February 21, 2012, 01:35:51 PM »
but Tom, you need to prove to me you are making great beer ;D, i mean, i believe you i just need documentation and all.
I don't really enter comps any more, but maybe I will again some day.  Since you insist, how is this for documentation?
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #52 on: February 21, 2012, 03:26:02 PM »
but Tom, you need to prove to me you are making great beer ;D, i mean, i believe you i just need documentation and all.
I don't really enter comps any more, but maybe I will again some day.  Since you insist, how is this for documentation?
http://www.bewbc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=331:2007-puget-sound-pro-am-winners

For more current beers you'll have to taste for yourself - NHC in Seattle? ;D

I will take yo up on that, Tom.  The MI clubs are getting a shipment together, so you can stop by our booth and try mine.
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #53 on: February 21, 2012, 05:35:50 PM »
I have to say I'm very pleased with my new Thermapen.  I used it on two brews now and I also calibrated my other thermometers that were off as well.  The price was worth it for me.
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #54 on: February 21, 2012, 05:45:21 PM »
but Tom, you need to prove to me you are making great beer ;D, i mean, i believe you i just need documentation and all.
I don't really enter comps any more, but maybe I will again some day.  Since you insist, how is this for documentation?
http://www.bewbc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=331:2007-puget-sound-pro-am-winners

For more current beers you'll have to taste for yourself - NHC in Seattle? ;D

awesome tom.  i unfortunatley won't likely make it to NHC.  i do hope to get back to seattle.  i used to live in port orchard and my best man still lives out there. if i do, i will arrange a swap.
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How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #55 on: February 21, 2012, 06:35:52 PM »
I have made up the cost in my time alone for the speed and accuracy of my Thermapen.

But to each his own.  :)

Uh, could I see that math?  :)


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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #56 on: February 21, 2012, 06:43:33 PM »
I have made up the cost in my time alone for the speed and accuracy of my Thermapen.

But to each his own.  :)

Uh, could I see that math?  :)


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I didn't keep any time logs or anything if that's what you want.  ;) ;D

...but seriously the speed of the Thermapen alone has made it worth it to me...IMO.  :)
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #57 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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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #58 on: February 22, 2012, 08:08:33 AM »
I have made up the cost in my time alone for the speed and accuracy of my Thermapen.

But to each his own.  :)

Uh, could I see that math?  :)

I don't have any detailed cost benefit analysis calculations either.  Also, it's hard to calculate the monetary value of the excessive aggravation I was experiencing with my thermometers before I got the thermapen.  ;)
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #59 on: February 22, 2012, 10:53:37 AM »
You just have to assign one then. I figure my time is worth $25/hr minimum. More like $50. So if it takes one minute for a dial thermometer and 5 seconds for the Thermapen then calculate 55 seconds of savings. Come out to about $0.007/sec on the low side so $0.385 savings for 55 seconds saved. ;)

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