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Mike McNeil
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Username: Macster

Post Number: 108
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 07:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was wondering if anyone out there has any good leads as to where to purchase a decent digital thermometer with a remote waterproof probe/sensor to use measuring mash, sparge, wort temps.

I recall seeing a old post referring to VRW Scientific. I attempted to order one of their thermometers but they cancelled my order stating that they do not sell to individuals, only companies.

Thanks all.
 

Wm John Ivey
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Post Number: 226
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 08:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mike, I went the cheap way and bought a digital model from Target and then used shrinkwrap from Home D. to waterproof. Its under $20 and no problems in a year
John
 

Jeffery Swearengin
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Username: Beertracker

Post Number: 315
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 08:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I usually get my digital thermometers at the local restaurant supply house, but order my "specialty" stuff from REOtemp.

REOTEMP
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Ric Heinz
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Post Number: 53
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 08:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There are lots of places to buy these.

Omega Engineering is one. Order on line with your credit card.

http://www.omega.com/ppt/pptsc.asp?ref=TPD30&Nav=teml09

Ric
Houston, TX
 

Mike McNeil
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Post Number: 109
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 09:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just to be a bit more specific, I mash/sparge in a 15 gal. Ice Cube cooler and wanr to make sure the probe or sensor is long enough to get down deep in the mash.

Ric: there was one model on the Omega site that had an 8" probe which should be long enough. However, the specs say these are water resistant, not waterproof. I would suppose therefore they cannot be fully submerged?
 

Jeffery Swearengin
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Post Number: 317
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Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 10:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

FYI - REOTEMP can customize any of their bi-metals up to 80" in length. I had them make me a custom 14" for my mash tun.
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"From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." ~ Saint Arnold of Metz (580-640) - Patron Saint of Brewers

 

JimTanguay
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Post Number: 237
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 10:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've ordered two from VRW with no problem. That seems strange they didn't take your order
 

joe strain
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Post Number: 13
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 11:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think you mean VanWaters Rogers VWR

I'd use the Target unit with heat-shrink tubing on the probe in confidence.

Mine was a MCEMELECTRONICS.com house brand (Tenma)digital meter back when they were expensive at $65.00 with a WATLOW stainless steel-probe from a re-flow soldering machine

yodar
 

Pivo Cerveza
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Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 12:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I picked up an Atkins 330 digital thermometer on ebay for around $40 and I've been really happy with it. The probe has a waterproof cord that is long enough for most situations.
 

Connie
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Post Number: 193
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Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 01:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is the one Bill Pierce said he bought
http://tinyurl.com/5ab3b
Don't see why they would stop selling to the public.
 

Bill Tobler
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Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 02:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you've got some cash to spend, these thermocouple thermometers are nice. You can buy 12-24" probes to plug into them from Omega.

Here is one on e-bay for $34. Add a 14" thermocouple and you will have a nice unit. I can't speek for the quality of this one. But for $34, it's probably worth a try.
Bill Tobler
Lake Jackson,Texas
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Mike McNeil
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Post Number: 110
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Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 04:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Connie's link shows exactly the model I was attempting to buy from VWR. Had an elderly woman call me at home after I placed my order on their web site and ask me what the name of my company was. When I told her I was just an individual customer, she said the company's policy was that they only sold to businesses.

Very strange indeed.
 

JimTanguay
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Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 08:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

did you order under a guest profile? There is no mention anywere on the site about needing to be a business. Make one up next time they call. Those thermometers work excellent.
 

Bob B
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Post Number: 140
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Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 07:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mike,

If you filled out the last page for the create profile form for a shipping address, that may have tripped you up as it appears to also be an application for a full profile. I just skipped the page to keep the guest profile. For the Canadians on the forum, VWR does have a Toronto warehouse and adjusts the prices accordingly.

While it might not be water proof, the VWR Alarm Thermometer/Timer looks like a good choice for brewing also. One of EHG club members likes to use one with an alarm so he can be doing other things besides "watching the temperature rise" when bringing water up to mashing tempertures.

Bob
 

Chad Dickinson
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Post Number: 299
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 01:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I ordered the digital from Northern Brewer. It was 40 bucks, but has a very long (12") probe, gives a nearly instantaneous readout, and self-calibrates every time it is turned on. I have been very pleased with it.