I actually have some experience with home brewing, about 12 yrs ago I used to brew at a friend's house every other month or so but never owned the equipment to do it at home. My wife bought me a Mr. Beer kit as a gag gift a few years ago and after finally breaking it out and trying it a few times I got the bug again, and here we are...
I do realize you don't need to check temp on the boiling wort
but I was testing out the thermometer when I found it wasn't reaching the water. I plan on moving directly to extract with specialty grains for my next brew so it would be nice to have one that reaches down into the water during steeping. I also need to pickup a scale, any recommendations?
I live at the Jersey Shore (Toms River/Seaside) and I think the nearest LHBS is in Freehold, I plan on making a trip over there pretty soon. I used to live in Princeton and miss the Princeton Homebrew shop, Joe is a great guy!
Also, my wife is an expert gardener and she's already talking about growing hops and grains come springtime! Looks like we both got bitten by the bug!