DetailsThe floating thermometer is especially convenient for the all-grain brewer. This thermometer will float in the mash, giving the brewer tight control over the mash temperature. You'll get quick and accurate measurements with this unit. It is an alcohol thermometer and the ballast weight is made of steel, so there is no need to worry about toxic materials.
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3.4 / 5.030 ReviewsGreat ProductWell worth the $5.95! Thanks Midwest_x000D__x000D_CheersJanuary 25, 2011Great thermometer - (lengthy reason why)This is a sensitive issue for me, because I couldn't figure out why my beers were consistently unbalanced toward the hop side. I finally figured out that it was a faulty floating thermometer during the mash... but NOT this thermometer. I already owned this particular thermometer, but purchased several more floating thermometers locally and online - very distinct with the rubber cap on them. I assumed they were basically accurate. I had a BJCP beer judge taste some of my beers and it was explained to me that there was not enough sugars extracted during the mash to equal the hops, so it was suggested I look at my mash temp. To my surprise, the 3 floating thermometers with the 'rubber top' were reading 6-12 degrees ABOVE actual temperature. This means a 152 degree mash (according to the thermometer) was actually mashing at between 140-146 which will not allow for full sugar conversion and therefore an unbalanced beer in favor of the hops. The floating thermometer from Midwest was accurate. Yes, it does take a few minutes to register, but this is not a problem while slowly getting your mash temp. right._x000D_Two more things - anyone with a basic "BS" meter can tell that the low ratings posts by "A2BeerGuy" and "Doug" are clearly the same person due to the phrase "Thermal shock? Perhaps.." used in both comments. He is clearly biased and probably a plant, especially because the 2 posts are 1 month apart. Was he dumb enough to make the 'supposed' same mistake twice in a month and then beef about it?_x000D_Secondly, for me personally, I need a floating thermometer, not an attached thermometer during the mash. Sometimes I mash for a 5 gallon batch and sometimes for a 10 gallon batch. I need the thermometer to be free floating to accommodate the level of mashed grains in the mash tun._x000D_Sorry for the long post, but maybe others can save themselves some trouble - don't buy the floating thermometers with the rubber cap - but buy this one and test it for yourself using several thermometers like cooking thermometers.February 14, 2012Good for all grainI have a digital thermomerter and switched to all grain brewing. This Floating thermometer is great because I don't have to keep pulling it out. I can just leave it in.July 26, 2012Good back-up thermometerI keep this thermometer around as a back-up thermometer. I had to use it once when I loaned out my digital thermometer to a friend. It worked well in the mash tun. This thermometer is made of glass - it will break if you are not careful with it.December 29, 2012As Described ~ Good for the MoneyIt is exactly as described,, glass, so it is fragile, but I like glass, just be careful. It is also very large which I also find as a benefit, but may be too big for your pot.April 18, 2013Great thermometer, wish I hadn't broke itI love the way it floated. Easy to read. Unfortunately I dropped it and the weighted end, which makes it float upright, made it crash OT the patio where it broke.January 27, 2016Do you really need this?I have one of these and honestly, I never use it. I could see how it could have an application in all grain brewing to keep an eye on your mash temperatures, but as an extract brewer, I just haven't used it much. I've found that I strongly prefer my digital thermometer for quick checks and picked up a dial thermometer for my pot, which works much better for me. The product is fine and does what it's supposed to, but if you have another way and you're an extract brewer, you can probably fore go this piece of gear.January 14, 2010Mine broke, just be carefulNot sure why people would need this if you have a good probe that you can attach the the brew pot. I poured some hops in the sink forgetting this was in there and it broke. Luckily, no mercury escaped. Just freaked me out a bit.August 27, 2011Hard to readI didn't have any problems with it breaking, but the scale is hard to read. I end up building a bracket and using a dial thermometer instead; easier to read the temps.August 1, 2012Don't expect it to actually float.This is a delicate thermometer, like a hydrometer. You have to baby it. Great for sticking it into the mash and putting the lid back on the pot to minimize heat loss. However, this thermometer needs a stainless steel attachment to hold it upright in a shallow pot of water. Worried about other posts saying that it broke in their mash. I'm thinking that they didn't baby the thermometer. If it busts in my mash, Midwest will be getting a letter asking for a full refund of my mash cost.August 24, 2012
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