The DTQ450X in boiling water
- Pocket-sized quick-read thermometer that’s great for measuring temp in thin cuts of meat, fish or poultry
- 5-inch stainless steel stem can get a reading in 6-8 seconds; stainless steel housing surrounding the digital readout
- Large-digit readout, data-hold capabilities, 10-minute auto-off, plastic sheath with pen clip
- Temperature range of -40 to 450 degrees F (-40 to 230 degrees C)
- Powered by LR44 button battery (included); backed by 5-year limited warranty
Completely submerged. Note: The manual explicitly says not to do this. Guess what? I did it! I completely submerged this thermometer for version 1 of this review sometime around November of 2012. The thermometer has gotten plenty wet since then and is still performing like a champ. I’m not suggesting that you completely submerge yours. You should follow the manual’s instructions. I am saying, mine has held up to this type of treatment.
I’ve experienced different boiling temperature on different days using the same equipment and testing methods. Boiling temperature is a moving target. It is based on elevation and atmospheric conditions. The day of this test, boiling point was a consistent 211.8 deg F as read by my highly accurate Thermapen.
The CDN DTQ450X reads 211.6 deg F. It’s reading to .2 deg F low. Well within it’s stated accuracy of +- 2 deg F. Practically speaking, for our needs, this is right on.
Ice water is a more reliable reference point. Here is the CDN DTQ450X head to head with the Thermapen. As you can see, the Thermapen reads right at 32 deg F. The CDN DTQ450X reads 32.9 deg F. Again, well within it’s stated 2 deg F range. This is a good result. Not great, but good. That fact that it is more accurate at the higher range bodes well for homebrewers. We’re much closer to that end of the spectrum for most of the things we’re doing.
This video shows a response time test using the CDN DTQ450X. I tried to do this with water that was around mash temperature. I’m counting the start of the test as right when the metal basket hits the water. The probe of the thermometer is submerged at 2.28 seconds into the video. It levels out at 138.3 deg F at 5.7 seconds. That’s a response time of… 3.42 seconds. For .1 deg F resolution, that’s a great response time. In fact, it’s 1.98 seconds faster than a similar test I completed on my review of ThermoWorks Thermapen.
The DTQ450X measuring grain temperature
I’ve used the CDN DTQ450X since October of 2012. This same unit continues to look and function well. This thermometer is one of our Top Finds and it’s also a key component of my Brew Day Box. It displays very good accuracy and it has a very, very good response time. If you’re looking for a thermometer for homebrewing and general use this is an excellent choice that I can recommend based on experience.
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