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Postby allen42 » Fri Nov 19, 2004 5:17 pm

what do yall use ? i bought one , the kind you stink in meat ,,,, you have to look stright down to see it & the still is around 6' tall !!! i have read about the digitil ones , but my wife already is thinking i am wasting money on summin that is gonna get me thrown in jail !! lmao another 30-40 bucks & she might turn my a@@ in !! , any ideas? besides standing on a step ladder to see it ?

also , after i drill a hole for the shaft of the thermometer to fit in , what is that rubber piece called & where do you get them from ?

thanks so much yall !!
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Postby knuklehead » Fri Nov 19, 2004 5:56 pm

My digital thermometer cost me $25 Canadian at Radio shack so if you are in the USA it will cost you maybe $19. It has many cool features you will find very useful like a count down timer you can use while documenting your runs for future reference, a high temperature alarm you can set for the temperature you want it to sound at which will tell you when it is time to start cooling water. It was well worth the investment but remember the thermometer is only a guide so don't base your cuts strickly based on themerature readings.
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Postby Goofy » Fri Nov 19, 2004 7:26 pm

I bought one from Rick at Brewhaus. $16 or so plus shipping. It works fine. The only bad part is the lead is only about 2 ft. long but it works for me alot better than the glass one I used to use.
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Postby knuklehead » Fri Nov 19, 2004 9:40 pm

:D Happy to hear that THM but you have to remember that on a reflux column you must reach and equilibrium in the column and keep it for a set amount of time before proceeding with your run. When you have your heat turned way up you need to know when it is time to cut it back and since no product is exiting the still you need the thermometer to tell you when the temperature is starting to climb rapidly. Other then that I totally agree with what you say. To use one is a damn crutch that everyone must learn not to lean on to much.
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Postby allen42 » Sat Nov 20, 2004 8:34 am

do yall use a *gormet* type of rubber to slide it in ? if so , where do you get these ?
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Postby knuklehead » Sat Nov 20, 2004 10:27 am

You can pick up gromets of any size at an automotive parts store.
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