Want to get to get the most of your brews and get consistent results? Ditch the rule of thumb and spend a little extra cash to get a beer thermometer. They aren’t expensive and provide you with accurate and consistent readings.
If you are like me, you have stood in front of the kettle watching water boil and feeling the sides trying to make sure my temperatures are good. Since I started using beer brewing thermometers I have been able to focus more time on other steps and am not worried about turning out a poor batch.
There are a few different brewing thermometers available so make sure you check them out to get the best one that will serve your brewing needs.
Here are our Top Picks
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|Brewing Range||0 - 220 degrees F||0 - 220 degrees F||0 - 220 degrees F||36 - 78 degrees F|
|Probe Length||12 inches||12 inches||3 inches||8 x 1 inches Stripe|
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- 1 1 X Brewcraft 12″ Ss’ Dial Thermometer Homebrew Brew Kettle Brew Pot
- 2 Ferrometer Adhesive Strip Thermometer
- 3 Bayou Classic 800-770 Brew Thermometer
- 4 E.C. Kraus Big Daddy Dial Thermometer
- 5 Habor Instant Read Cooking Thermometer High-performing Digital Food meat Thermometer
- 6 Mounted vs. Dial Thermometers
- 7 My Vote for Best Brewing Thermometer
1 X Brewcraft 12″ Ss’ Dial Thermometer Homebrew Brew Kettle Brew Pot
If you are looking for something simple that will get the job done then no need to look further. The Brewcraft Dial Thermometer from Home Brew Ohio is very straight forward. It is simple to use and easy to read.
This brewing thermometer comes with a large faced dial that is easy to read and takes accurate readings within seconds. All you have to do is place the extra-long probe into your brew and watch the dial go. This will allow you to easily regulate your temperatures insuring that your wort is properly seeped and your yeast will be active.
- Large easy to read dial
- Extra- long probe
- Fast readings
- Not mountable
Ferrometer Adhesive Strip Thermometer
This adhesive strip thermometer, also known as a ferrometer, is perfect for keeping your fermentation temperatures. It attaches right to the side of your fermenter and can remain there for the duration of your primary or secondary fermentation. With a beer brewing thermometer like this you will be able to quickly and easily take a reading.
This brew thermometer isn’t going be able to measure your boils but I like them so much I have one on the side of each of my primary and secondary fermenters. All I have to do is check the side and log the temperature. The convenience of this has saved me a couple times when the temperature of our basement suddenly dropped.
- Extremely inexpensive
- Accurate fermentation temps
- Can’t measure your wort and boil
Bayou Classic 800-770 Brew Thermometer
If you are getting a little more serious about home brewing and looking to upgrade your brew kit, I strongly recommend Bayou Classic’s Brew Thermometer. It saves you time from taking readings with digital or external thermometer. It does this by staying mounted on the side of your stockpot.
Because this brewing thermometer is designed to be fixed to the side of your stock pot, It provides a constant and consistent reading. Unlike the adhesive thermometer this one actually has a probe that stems all the way into your brew.
The convenience and accuracy of this thermometer is worth the extra cost as it will pay for by saving you time and getting accurate results
- Consistently Accurate
- Directly Reads Wort Temps
- Only measures mountable brew pot
E.C. Kraus Big Daddy Dial Thermometer
If you are looking for a one stop shop than this is your go to. It works like most dial thermometers but it is also mountable to the side of your brew kettle. This thermometer is really all you need to ensure that you are getting readings through the entire brew process.
The mountable feature makes it easy to monitor your kettle and means that you won’t have to deal with taking multiple trips to the sanitation bucket. It is also easily removed so you can use it to take temperatures of your yeast your fermentation.
- Easy to Read
- Extra Long Probe
Habor Instant Read Cooking Thermometer High-performing Digital Food meat Thermometer
Don’t be fooled by the title. Although this is a food thermometer, it is easily used for brewing. It works the same way as all other probe thermometers except this one is digital. Because it is digital brewing thermometer you won’t have to worry about reading a dial thermometer and it measures to the tenth degree.
Providing accurate temp readings is important to getting the results you are looking for and this thermometer can be used for whatever you need to measure.
As it is ready out of the box, there is no programming required and you only need to hit the on switch. If you really want to make sure that you are getting what you need out of your thermometer I would recommend spending a few extra dollars for this one.
- Alternative to infared thermometer
- Measures Tenth Degrees
- Easy to Read
- Not mountable
- Uses Batteries
Mounted vs. Dial Thermometers
Mounted thermometers are very convenient and provide constant feedback. They are designed for ease of use and making sure that you are able to keep your brew at the correct temperature. They are simple to use, easy to read, and once they are mounted you will only have to sanitize it before the next batch. The only downside is they are meant to stay in place and may not be used take measurements of many things at a time.
Unmounted thermometers are versatile and can be used to take readings of whatever you need. You will only need one to measure everything from beginning to end. They are ready to use out of the box and are easy to clean. However, you may find it tedious to continuously sanitize between readings.
My Vote for Best Brewing Thermometer
I have been able to make due with all types of thermometers but I definitely prefer the combination of an adhesive and an unmounted digital thermometer. Digital readings make me feel confident I am getting an accurate reading and its versatility means I can use it whenever and wherever needed.
Although a digital thermometer is quick and easy, I find it difficult to use a probing thermometer to verify my fermentation temps. It is hassle to remove the bubbler or airlock from my carboy and reach the probe to the fill level. For this reason, I prefer an adhesive thermometer. That way, there is no need for additional sanitation and I only have to mark the temp.
This combination is really all that you need.