I assumed my Thermapen would only be a brewing toy, and an optional one at that. It has quickly become a treasured tool. Brewing, grilling, cooking, even just a quick read of the ambient temperature of a room in our unevenly-heated apartment... it's terrific. Fast and accurate. My sister just begged me to make the popcorn balls I made every Xmas (we're talking 1970s) so I'll practice my candymaking with it as well. I bought it in an eye-popping green so unlike my other thermometers, which were hard to find if I set them down in an unsmart place, I always find my Thermapen. Love it!