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Dan Mourglea (152.30.11.6)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 07:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hiya guys, just moved and my glass brewing thermo. didn't survive the trip. I've got a 12" stem type that is notoriously unreliable (every bump seems to send it 5 deg off). I had bookmarked a website for a scientific company that sold thermometers that Bill P. and a few others recommended from personal expercience but I can't find it now (seems it started with a w or y or something). Any help or recommendations for a digital type thermometer w probe would be appreciated.

Back in college. . .only 3kegs. . .gotta brew. . .soon. . .help
 

Denny Conn (63.114.138.2)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 07:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Walmart sells a digiatl for about $12 that is amazingly accurate. I hate going in to Walmart, but couldn't pass that one up. I checked it against my lab calibration thermo, and it was within .5 F.
 

Dan Mourglea (152.30.11.6)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 07:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yeah, I HATE Wallyworld! Is that in the kitchen wares dept?
 

Dan Mourglea (152.30.11.6)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 07:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

BTW Denny, I too am lining up the ingredients to do your RyePA, gonna be in my next whirlwind 4brews-1weekend session coming up in coupla weeks. Finally got the whole "gotta formulate my OWN recipes" thing outta my system and now I'm gonna see if I can "not-screw-up" somebody else's. . .
 

Denny Conn (63.114.138.2)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 07:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yep, kitchen wares...get in quick, get out quick and you won't be harmed! :)
 

Connie (12.91.239.199)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 08:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This one?
http://www.vwrsp.com/catalog/product/index.cgi?object_id=0013422
 

Denny Conn (63.114.138.2)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 08:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Nope, that's a different one, but it looks real nice.
 

davidw (209.107.44.126)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 09:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I gotta get me one of those. I like the remote probe. Heh heh!
 

Denny Conn (63.114.138.2)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 09:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Heh heh...he said "remote probe"...heh heh..
 

Ken Anderson (24.55.254.125)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 09:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Why am I thinking of Beavis and Butthead? Anyways, this guy is great (and cheap):
http://www.kitchencollection.com/tempproducts.cfm?sku=01060880&total=14
Lots of uses. I just stick it into the mash and set the box outside of it. You just can't stick the probe under water.
Ken A.
 

Denny Conn (63.114.138.2)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 09:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That's a nice looking one, Ken...man, that sounds like B&B, too, doesn't it? :) When you say you can't stick the probe under water, do you mean it's OK to put it in water up to the probe/cable junction?
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 09:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

These relatively inexpensive kitchen remote digital thermometers have a habit of failing at inopportune moments. As Ken mentions, the probe is not waterproof and will eventually give highly erratic readings if operated for any length of time in a damp environment.
 

Wm John Ivey (67.40.80.137)
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 10:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey guys I solve that problem by buying heatshrink conduit from a H*** Depoit. Its now waterproof and still cheap!
John
 

Rich Bartsch (12.248.236.203)
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 12:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So Denny, do you know the model number of the thermometer you DID buy?
 

Rich Bartsch (12.248.236.203)
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 12:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So Denny, do you know the model number of the thermometer you DID buy?
 

Connie (12.91.239.110)
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 12:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Alright, how about this one...I know I book marked it.

http://www.pulseinstruments.net/pages/temperature/hannachecktemp1.html
 

Ken Anderson (24.55.254.125)
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 02:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I did cob my probe up once by getting the cable wet where it meets the probe, but once it dried out it seemed to be fine. John, I've thought about the heat-shrink thing before. Did you overlap them, putting them on one at a time and working your way up the cable? Probably made it a bit of a stiffy, but who cares! I gotta try that.
Ken A.
 

PalerThanAle (65.168.73.62)
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 01:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Heh heh...he said "Probably"...heh heh.. wait, no, I meant he said "stiffy".

PTA
 

Dan Mourglea (152.30.23.37)
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 05:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yeah Connie that was the one, thanks!
 

Wm John Ivey (67.40.80.137)
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 06:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ken
Yeah I overlapped them and it has a stiffie :), but I dont worry about getting the braid wet. I also can throw it in the carboy to get a good read while fermenting
John
 

Tacoma Brewers (67.160.108.69)
Posted on Friday, August 15, 2003 - 05:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've got the yellow one that Connie listed the link for. It's great! I've never had a problem with it. Unlike the el cheapo one, which died not long after I bought it. Now, it's a glorified timer, because that is the only thing that works on it.

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