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Offline topher.bartos

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Thermometer?
« on: December 28, 2012, 06:54:16 PM »
What is the best thermometer to use? I have a floating thermometer but I need to upgrade to something more accurate / instant.

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Re: Thermometer?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2012, 07:08:22 PM »
I love my Thermapen
http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/

It's pricey, but I wish I'd spring for it years ago.
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Re: Thermometer?
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2012, 07:10:12 PM »
+1 on the Thermapen.  There are cheaper options available that are very accurate.  But none that I've found so far that match the Thermapen in terms of speed.  Plus it's great for a variety of cooking applications as well. 
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Re: Thermometer?
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2012, 08:34:47 PM »
I love my Thermapen
http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/

It's pricey, but I wish I'd spring for it years ago.

Thanks for the reply. I just bought one from Amazon :-)
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Re: Thermometer?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2013, 07:20:27 AM »
Just curious, but what makes you think your thermometer isn't accurate? 

I like the infrared thermometers a lot.  We use them every day at my work.  The best part is you don't have to contact the beer with a probe.
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Re: Thermometer?
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2013, 07:32:22 AM »
I like the infrared thermometers a lot.  We use them every day at my work.  The best part is you don't have to contact the beer with a probe.

The infrared ones aren't all that accurate for mash temps since they're just reading the surface temperature.  And at that point it doesn't matter if there's a probe in contact with the wort.
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Re: Thermometer?
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2013, 07:51:06 AM »
Right, I was making the distinction for beer, and assuming (maybe incorrectly) he wanted to monitor fermentation temp.  I recirculate, so monitoring the outflow of the mash with the infrared is quite accurate.  No single thermometer in a single place is accurate for a static column of mash. 
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Re: Thermometer?
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2013, 08:29:49 AM »
+1 on the Thermopen... I use one for grilling/cooking...

For brewing purposes I have been using the pocket thermometers http://www.thermoworks.com/products/low_cost/rt301wa.html  .  I just got an email this morning that they are on-sale until Jan.3rd so I picked up a couple extra just to have on hand.
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