SS5500 Non-Contact Instant-Read Laser IR Themometer from SainSonic. Red laser pointer, measures in deg C and deg F (Range: -58F to +932F), auto shut off, low battery indicator, uses a 9 volt battery (included).
Since this is no touch, you can check the temp of yeast washing and yeast rehydration water and your starter wort without the risk of infection. I find mine particularly useful for rehydrating yeast.
Infrared thermometers should not be considered a direct replacement for your standard thermometer. A quality IR thermometer will give you a close approximation of surface temperatures. Note that steam seems to throw off readings. Uses include: Contained yeast rehydration water, chilled wort or starter temperature, kegerator, fermenter or fermenation area and beer tasting samples. If you’re looking for a standard thermometer, consider these two Top Finds: CDN DTQ450X (review) – ThermoWorks Thermapen (review)
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