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Thermometers?
« on: December 02, 2013, 01:48:29 PM »
What's the best kind of thermometer to use for measuring mash temps?  I do extract brew mostly, with the occasional all grain in an Igloo cooler.  For my boils/cool downs in the kettle I have the blichman thermometer attached to the kettle, and that works well.  A while back I bought a cheap little electric one that ceased to allow me to calibrate it.  What's the best bang for the buck? 

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Re: Thermometers?
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 01:50:42 PM »
Thermapen.  Multi-functional - you can actually use it in the kitchen - I use mine almost everytime I cook.
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 01:56:28 PM »
I like mine - it's quick read, water resistant, and also has an IR temp reader. The IR reader is of minimal use, but it will read wort temperature through a carboy pretty well. The handheld probe (vs a termometer mounted in the tun wall) is good because you can move it around to see if temperatures are even. Remove the IR and it's pretty similar to a thermapen, which is very popular.

Edit: I forgot the link.

http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Professional-9306-Thermocouple-Thermometer/dp/B000XS7WTG/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

And I also use it all the time for cooking.
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Re: Thermometers?
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2013, 02:00:36 PM »
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2013, 02:05:48 PM »
Inexpensive bimetal thermometer.  Stir the mash good before taking readings.  Theres no real reason for super accuracy with a cooler MLT, there'll be a little gradient across the mash anyway.  being within a degree or two of where you want, is fine.
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2013, 02:48:46 PM »
Installed brewmometer in 15 gallon SS MT. Only need to calibrate if you take it apart.

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Re: Thermometers?
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2013, 03:06:43 PM »
Inexpensive bimetal thermometer.  Stir the mash good before taking readings.  Theres no real reason for super accuracy with a cooler MLT, there'll be a little gradient across the mash anyway.  being within a degree or two of where you want, is fine.

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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2013, 03:18:41 PM »
Thermapen

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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2013, 03:50:25 PM »
To me the real value of a Thermapen in mashing is to figure out if you got a robust procedure for mixing your grains and water as evidenced by a fairly uniform temp distribution at the start of the mash (and a lack of malt/grain balls).  Now that I've figured out what works for me, I could get by with almost any accurate thermometer.
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Re: Thermometers?
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2013, 03:58:20 PM »
I posted a link to this thermometer last night in a different thread :


http://www.thomassci.com/Instruments/Digital-Thermometers/_/Thomas-Traceable-Lollipop-ShockWaterproof-Thermometer/

Can't say enough good things about this one.  It's affordable, NIST-traceable, and has a long stem (8") which reaches easily into the center of my mash cooler. I've checked it a few times against a laboratory reference thermometer and it stays within 1/2 a degree F. It sells on Amazon fairly often for even less.

EDIT  -  I bought the cheaper of the two in this link.
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2013, 06:32:40 PM »
I posted a link to this thermometer last night in a different thread :


http://www.thomassci.com/Instruments/Digital-Thermometers/_/Thomas-Traceable-Lollipop-ShockWaterproof-Thermometer/

Can't say enough good things about this one.  It's affordable, NIST-traceable, and has a long stem (8") which reaches easily into the center of my mash cooler. I've checked it a few times against a laboratory reference thermometer and it stays within 1/2 a degree F. It sells on Amazon fairly often for even less.

EDIT  -  I bought the cheaper of the two in this link.

And I seconded this last night too! Quality piece of equipment!
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« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2013, 06:40:05 PM »
Love mine !
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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2013, 10:42:02 PM »
I use one of these for the mash temps.  You can toss the probe into the middle of the mash and leave it with a lid on:  http://www.amazon.com/Polder-Digital-In-Oven-Thermometer-Graphite/dp/B000P6FLOY

Thermapen for everything else. 

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Re: Thermometers?
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2013, 02:44:33 AM »
Super happy with my narwhal (what my wife calls my Thermapen).

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« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2013, 03:53:00 AM »
Glass lab thermometer. Very accurate, fast reading, and costs ~$7.