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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 12:25am
Subject: Water thermometer?
 

Do any of you use a water thermometer when making coffee with a coffee press or Aeropress?  What's a good brand of thermometer?
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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 3:16am
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An accurate thermometer is an essential tool for anyone working with coffee.  

I have a Taylor Instruments 9847N, look here.

I bought mine in a kitchen store, around $15.  

I checked it at the boiling point and the ice point and it was very accurate.  Also, it is very fast.

 
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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 3:54am
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This one seems to work well so far, too. I wouldn't say I use it regularly, but it's good for periodic checks.
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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 6:22am
Subject: Re: Water thermometer?
 

After going through many cheap (Sub $30) kitchen thermometers with their SLOW and often inaccurate readings, I decided to upgrade to a Thermoworks Thermapen.

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/

It's expensive, yes, but it is ridiculously fast and accurate. It uses an actual thermocouple rather than a thermistor which is why it's more expensive, but also why it works so much better than the cheap ones. It is very well built and feels solid in your hands. I don't know how I ever got by without one before. Using the old cheap thermometers, the water would actually cool by several degrees before getting an "accurate" reading because the thermometer was so slow.

It's one of my most important coffee making tools. For Aeropress and Siphon it's a must have. I know I sound like an advertisement for the Thermopen but I really just love it so much that I could go on and on about it!

Get one! Worth the investment!! If it breaks...send it back to them and they will usually replace it or fix it free of charge.
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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 6:24am
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This is what I use daily, with all my manual brewing. The clip feature works extremely well when brewing with a vac pot.

http://www.polder.com/thm-362-86.html

 
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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 12:57pm
Subject: Re: Water thermometer?
 

I use a Craftsman multimeter with a k-type bead thermocouple. The TC slips into a sheath I borrowed from my dad's Taylor grill thermometer after he baked it, so it has a slight (~1 s) delay, but reads accurately. I don't use it that often, usually when I'm diagnosing a problem or dialing something in. Probably about $50 for the whole package.
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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 1:44pm
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+1 for the Thermapen. I've had mine for over ten years, It's uber fast and has never failed me.

 
The pathologically precise are annoying, but right!
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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 5:41pm
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Plus the Thermopen can be used in food preparation . It's also NIST certified.
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Posted Sun Jun 24, 2012, 7:19am
Subject: Re: Water thermometer?
 

daveupstateNY Said:

This is what I use daily, with all my manual brewing. The clip feature works extremely well when brewing with a vac pot.

http://www.polder.com/thm-362-86.html

Posted June 23, 2012 link

+1 I own two. I use one in my office for brewing and one at home, which does double duty as a meat thermometer. They work very well and have held up great. I still have not had to change any batteries either. Having the probe separate from the temperature display is a nice feature.

All of the suggestions so far look like solid options.
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Posted Sun Jun 24, 2012, 6:16pm
Subject: Re: Water thermometer?
 

SteveRhinehart Said:

I use a Craftsman multimeter with a k-type bead thermocouple. The TC slips into a sheath I borrowed from my dad's Taylor grill thermometer after he baked it, so it has a slight (~1 s) delay, but reads accurately. I don't use it that often, usually when I'm diagnosing a problem or dialing something in. Probably about $50 for the whole package.

Posted June 23, 2012 link

With the multimeter, supposedly you could use it as a TDS meter as well by converting conductivity into parts per million.  Do you know if this is doable?
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