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ThermoWorks – “Oops We Goofed” Sale

ThermoWorks Thermopop Sale

ThermoWorks makers of the nearly universally lauded Thermapen - Review - kicked off a sale yesterday that included a 50% discount on Pro Series Needle Probes for the ChefAlarm, 50% off an IR Thermometer, 25% Off the TempTest 1 and 30% Off the Big & Loud Timer.  The notification email also mentioned 25% off the ThermoPop, but… It was only supposed to be marked down 14%.  After realizing their error, ThermoWorks went ahead and marked it down 25%.  Nice!  ChefAlarm - IR Thermometer - TempTest 1 - Big & Loud Timer - ThermoPop

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Reader Tip: 50% Off Pro Series Probes! for ThermoWorks ChefAlarm + Review

Thanks to HBF Reader Andy for this tip!

CHEFALARM ® MODEL #TX-1100-XX (SELECT FROM 9 COLORS)

ThermoWorks ChefAlarm Thermometer and Timer Combo is a great Thermometer and Timer Combo.  It tracks highs and lows, has both high and low alarms and has a built in timer.  The easy to read screen also has a backlight feature.  Check out my Full Hands on Review for more info.

Enter Andy’s Tip: “I recently bought the ThermoWorks ChefAlarm, and regretted not getting the available needle probe in the same order since the needle probe is actually waterproof, which makes it great for the mash. The cost plus shipping made it a little more than I wanted to spend.  Now the probe is on sale for half-off, plus as an added bonus the low cost gets it into the $3 USPS shipping category, which brought my total to $11! Bought!”

To get the probe, scroll down and view the Probes tab on the linked ChefAlarm page.  Look for the Pro-Series Needle Probe Model: TX-1002X-NP.

ThermoWorks ChefAlarm - $59 – Pro Series Probe – $8

Related: Inventory Reduction Sale - Tip: ThermoWorks Available via Amazon

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Update: Hands On – CDN DTQ450X Quick Read Thermometer – Includes Accuracy and Response Time Tests

The DTQ450X in boiling water

The DTQ450X from Component Design (CDN) is a quick read digital thermometer thermometer.  It is NSF listed, waterproof and comes with a 5 year warranty.

Features:

  • NSF approved for commercial applications
  • -40 to 450 deg F
  • 5 inch stainless stem
  • Quick read: 5 to 6 second read time.
  • Digital
  • Food Safe
  • Waterproof
  • Easy re-calibration
  • 5 year warranty

In the package

Bottom view

Battery Door

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.

Accuracy:

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.

Response Times:

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

Bottom Line:

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.

CDN DTQ450X ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer

Taylor Professional 9306 Dual IR/Thermocouple Thermometer

Taylor Professional 9306N Dual Temp IR/Thermocouple Thermometer The Taylor Professional 9306 is a Dual Function Infrared Thermometer and probe Thermocouple Thermometer. Since the IR function on this device is no touch, you can check the temp of yeast washing and yeast rehydration water and your starter wort without the risk of infection.  See Tip 1 on the Tips Page for more information on my yeast rehydration technique that employs the use of an infrared thermometer. A quality IR thermometer will give you a close approximation of surface temperatures.  Uses include: Yeast rehydration water, chilled wort or starter temperature, kegerator, fermenter or fermenation area and beer tasting samples. Since this has also has a built in standard thermocouple based thermometer, you’ve really got the best of both worlds with this thing. Taylor Professional 9306 Dual Temp IR/Thermocouple Thermometer

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EasyLog Wifi Temperature Monitors from ThermoWorks – from $150

EASYLOG WIFI TEMPERATURE & HUMIDITY DATA LOGGERS WITH CLOUD STORAGE MODEL #TW-WIFI-T, TW-WIFI-T+, TW-WIFI TP, TW-WIFI-TP+, TW-WIFI-TH, TW-WIFI-TH+, TW-WIFI-TC

EasyLog Wifi Temperature Loggers from ThermoWorks (makers of the nearly universally lauded Thermapen - Review) track temperature and send it to you PC or to the cloud via WiFi.  Use to track and log fermentation and kegerator temperatures.  You can also set up text message or email alerts based on parameters that you set.  A number of models are available with different thermometer probe options.  Models are also available that track humidity, although I don’t see how that’s useful to us.

Features:

  • WiFi capability with large LCD display
  • Wireless connectivity to PC or Cloud using existing WiFi network
  • Capable of logging 1 million readings (temp unit)
  • Rechargeable lithium battery, 1 year typical
  • Configurable Hi/Lo alarms – text and email alerts
  • Data collected without logger removal
  • Wall bracket included
  • NEW! Cloud Storage

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Ends Soon: Free Leather Carrying Case with Thermapen Purchase – Save $18

SPLASH-PROOF SUPER-FAST ® THERMAPEN ®

ThermoWorks is giving away a free Protective Leather Thermapan case with the purchase of a Thermapen - Review.  That’s an $18 value.  You can read more about the case on the accessories tab on the Thermapen Page.

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I’m a happy Thermapen owner.  The Thermapen is the nicest thermometer that I own.  Check out my in depth Hands on Review including accuracy and response time tests.

Review of Thermapen for HomebrewingHands On: ThermoWorks Thermapen – Including Response Time Trials

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Free Leather Carrying Case with Thermapen Purchase – Save $18

SPLASH-PROOF SUPER-FAST ® THERMAPEN ®

ThermoWorks is giving away a free Protective Leather Thermapan case with the purchase of a Thermapen - Review.  That’s an $18 value.  You can read more about the case on the accessories tab on the Thermapen Page.

Check it out - Here

I’m a happy Thermapen owner.  The Thermapen is the nicest thermometer that I own.  Check out my in depth Hands on Review including accuracy and response time tests.

Review of Thermapen for HomebrewingHands On: ThermoWorks Thermapen – Including Response Time Trials

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