Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?

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Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?

Post by brewbrew » Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:36 pm

I'm after a thermometer to monitor my mash tun temp through mashing.

I have had 2 digital thermometers with wired probes (the type that are sold for BBQs and ovens) - they have worked well for a few sessions but then packed in (I suspect due to moisture ingress into the probe - even though they are sold as waterproof).

I'm after something with a cabled probe that I can move about and bury in the mash.

Has anyone got any suggestions?

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Re: Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?

Post by vacant » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:18 pm

I had a short-lived wire probe. Gave up.

I've used one of these for years. It refuses to die. Why not buy a couple and keep one as a spare. If you want to leave it in the mash, maybe tape it in some plastic to make it moisture-proof and stick it through a cork? I don't leave mine in the tun but it's had a good few soakings without any harm coming to it.
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Re: Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?

Post by IPA » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:25 am

I use one of these. Really good value and have a high and low temperature alarm built in so ideal for mashing.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Multi-function ... 233&sr=8-9
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Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?

Post by dbambrick996 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:46 am

You could use an stc 1000

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Post by a-slayer » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:05 am

I have used one of these for several years with no problems, helps by being waterproof.
https://www.comarkinstruments.net/produ ... ermometer/

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Re: Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?

Post by brewbrew » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:39 am

Thanks for the Comark suggestion - I had forgotten about them (I used to work in a microbiology research lab and I recall using their stuff which was excellent).

I notice that they have a dishwasher thermometer too - looks interesting and must be super water-proof in a hot environment. I might go for that one.
https://www.comarkinstruments.net/produ ... ermometer/

If anyone is interested, I have found one of these useful to look at temp profiles after a mash https://www.elitech.uk.com/temperature_ ... r_248.html

I heat seal it in a plastic bag and drop it in the mash. It is no use for checking or controlling - it just tells you how good a job you have done at the end of brew day.

Thanks for everyone's valued input and help.

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Re: Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?

Post by JonA » Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:38 pm

Thermapen for me. Wife bought it as a birthday present ages ago and I've used it ever since. Seems really well made.
https://thermapen.co.uk

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Post by LeeH » Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:19 pm

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Post by Jocky » Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:04 pm

The Thermapen is awesome. Fast, accurate.

But I will say that I don't think that basic version is well designed for brewing. If you dip any part of the pivoting hinge in liquid, the contacts inside will corrode and you'll find it won't turn on when opened.

The pro version is much better in this regard. It's well sealed and has a backlight amongst other things.

For a hobby where temperature is critical it's a great first 'luxury' tool to get.
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Post by LeeH » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:15 pm

My classic is a few years old now and working fine, but I do take very good care of it.


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Re: Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?

Post by MTW » Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:36 pm

Jocky wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:04 pm
The Thermapen is awesome. Fast, accurate.

But I will say that I don't think that basic version is well designed for brewing. If you dip any part of the pivoting hinge in liquid, the contacts inside will corrode and you'll find it won't turn on when opened.

The pro version is much better in this regard. It's well sealed and has a backlight amongst other things.

For a hobby where temperature is critical it's a great first 'luxury' tool to get.
I spray contact cleaner into the hinge periodically, and it loosens it up. I have had mine fail to come on when opened, but this sorts it.
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Re: Can anyone recommend a decent digital thermometer?

Post by Robwalkeragain » Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:29 pm

ETI are a great reasonably cheap manufacturer. Therma 5 is £40 on amazon. Otherwise i would echo the thermapen although it’s a different style.

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