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Carl A. Wixon
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Username: Cwixon

Post Number: 4
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 67.149.67.117
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 03:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is the most excellent forum I've been a part of- must be run/used by some helpful people. <cheers>
I've gotten to the point where I'm fed up with my analog thermometer. Being an electrical engineer I need precision. I'm asking for any advice on getting a good digital thermometer. I'd like it if I could set warnings (when temp exceeds max allowable) and clipping the thing to a pot is a bonus. If you don't mind I'd really appreciate some guidance from anyone before I make this purchase
"Sometimes the most intelligent drink beer to deal with the fools that surround him"
Bush!!
 

Chris Fahrenkopf
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Username: Newerbrewer

Post Number: 10
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.188.225.229
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 03:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My wife got me this one last Saturday, after hearing me complain about the same thing:
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=11720307
We get coupons from this place like once a week (wife must be a frequent shopper). Anyhow comes to about $16 after tax and works great. I used it on Monday and set the alarm to go at 190deg to avoid boilover and multi-task. Also, I can use it to externally monitor my beer fridge temp on non-brew (aka drinking) days.
Don't know how precise it is but it is a huge improvement for me. Only disadvantage I see so far is that the probe isn't very long, so either the brew pot has to be near full or you will need to rig something to keep the wire dry.

Hope this helps,
Chris
 

ELK
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Username: Elkski

Post Number: 1233
Registered: 01-2003
Posted From: 67.177.25.240
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 04:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Those type of probes are great with the alarm setting and all but they dont last long with that braided cable sheild getting wet... I guess some folks glue on a tube sleeve to protect it but hte problem is when these things go bad you can't always tell right away!!! They just deveate and fluctuate...
 

Bob Boufford
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Username: Bobb

Post Number: 291
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 68.149.204.160
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 05:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Carl,

If you are concerned about accuracy, check out the various suppliers of lab equipment. I like VWR (http://www.vwr.com) because they have a Canadian distributor. If you search the forum archives, you will find mention of other suppliers. Some of the digital thermometers are similar to the ones from the kitchen stores but have a replacable probe.
 

Little Dipper
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Username: Littledipper

Post Number: 26
Registered: 02-2004
Posted From: 206.114.61.195
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 01:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'll second the VWR thermometer. I recently got one after having little luck with kitchen thermometers. The VWR is entirely waterproof (including the cord and the display unit), gives you the max./min. temps if you want them, and has a long cord that's easy to get into wherever you need it. The response is incredible compared to cheaper thermometers. It updates every second so you get accurate readings in no time. I've been very happy with mine.

I had one of those digital ones with the alarm on it as well. It lasted about 2 batches before I learned that the cord couldn't get wet. Lets just say it's just used as a timer these days.
 

ELK
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Username: Elkski

Post Number: 1235
Registered: 01-2003
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Posted on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 01:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I should have mentioned that Im on my second VWR!!
My second one is the unit called the lollipop because that is what it looks like. it is still working but I miss the long probe. I did drop it into the mash last time (head and all) and it kept working.. A agree about the temp response and they are supposed to be calibrated. but the head on my first one sufered from use and was not up to the task. first the battery cover flimsy plastic prongs that lock it in when you twist broke off and I think the electronics never had a chance from there.. It went bonkers and reads -34 always..
 

Carl A. Wixon
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Username: Cwixon

Post Number: 5
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 67.149.67.117
Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 01:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did anyone buy the big digit 4 alarm thermometer from vwr?? http://www.vwrsp.com/catalog/product/index.cgi?object_id=0013438&resultNum=7
I'm thinking about buying it, but the probes look rather small.
"Sometimes the most intelligent drink beer to deal with the fools that surround him"
Bush!!
 

Tim W
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Username: Timw

Post Number: 179
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 56.0.143.24
Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 03:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Carl,

The temperature range would be to low to check your strike temp. of 162 to 170 degree F. Or to check your sparge temp. of 165 to 175 degrees F.

They also don't mention that it is waterproof.
 

Ken Anderson
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Username: Ken75

Post Number: 1184
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 69.168.141.10
Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 03:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Call me lucky, but this one has served me well. Just don't get liquid inside the probe.
http://www.kitchencollection.com/Temp_Products.cfm?sku=01060880&RankThis=Y&Searc hed=thermometer&
 

Tim W
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Post Number: 180
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 03:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ken,

Your Lucky


p.s. have you used the Extersion Chiller yet?
hijack
 

Ken Anderson
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Username: Ken75

Post Number: 1185
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 69.168.141.10
Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 03:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just got my gearmotor this morning. I'm building an automatic stirrer, which I've ALWAYS wanted, regardless of IC or EC. It will mount onto one of those plastic lids I have. Also, last night I bought this big pan that the BK cooling water will drip into, for the second stage of cooling, which is the recirculating of ice water. But with it so cold outside, the hose water might work well enough.
Tuesday at the latest I'll brew, and will report back in a new thread. And thanks for the hole size/location info.
Now to un-hijack this thread.
Ken
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 4066
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 05:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ken, consider yourself *very* lucky. Those cheap kitchen digital thermometer/timers are c r a p.
 

Carl A. Wixon
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Username: Cwixon

Post Number: 6
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 67.149.67.117
Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 06:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My bad!! I meant to post this one. There is no pictures of it, but it is "splashproof" and can easily handle the temp range I'm looking for...

http://www.vwrsp.com/catalog/product/?catalog_number=61161-282&resultNum=1
"Sometimes the most intelligent drink beer to deal with the fools that surround him"
Bush!!
 

Bob Boufford
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Username: Bobb

Post Number: 292
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 68.149.174.16
Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 06:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Carl,

I have this thermometer/timer from VWR, http://www.vwrsp.com/catalog/product/index.cgi?object_id=0013436&class_id=500386 9

It's similar to some of the kitchen therm/timers mentioned in the thread. I use the alarm when heating up strike and sparge water. I like also like the timer that starts counting up after times up.

For any of the braided cable probes, definitely invest in some heat shrink tubing.
 

Tim Polster
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Username: Bassman

Post Number: 179
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 69.149.44.173
Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 08:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I purchased an industrial unit from the HVAC world from Ebay for about $35.

Do a search for digital thermometer in "business & industrial"

It is digital, has a probe and is very quick and accurate.

I tried the thermometers from the consumer stores and they all took too long to settle on a temperature.

Good luck!

(Message edited by Bassman on December 03, 2005)