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Old 09-18-2008, 11:57 PM   #1
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Default Ranco 111000 Temp Probe Waterproof?

I did a quick search on here and google and couldn't find anything. Has anyone tried this controller to see if its waterproof? It looks like it is but I don't want to ruin a brand new controller.

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Old 09-19-2008, 12:02 AM   #2
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I have that one and it is not waterproof. I bought mine from a place that offered an optional shrink tubing that goes over the sensor but you could probably find that stuff at home depot or lowes.

However... if you use a thermowell you don't need the tubing.

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Old 09-19-2008, 01:04 AM   #3
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Actually I want to submerge it in water. How do you know its not waterproof?

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I am pretty sure they are. I have submerged mine, a lot, and it is still working.

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Their instruction manual says "The sensor can be inserted in a bulb well for immersion sensing".

According to that statement I would say they don't reccomend it.

I have had mine submerged in a bottle of water for about a year now without a problem, but if you want to be on the safe side make your own type of well. Place the sensor into something you can submerge into the bottle. Just make sure you use something that is a good conductor of heat and that the sensor makes good contact with its outside wall.

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Well I think for all practical purposes its waterproof. I've had it submerged in my water fermentation chiller for over a week now and it still works fine.

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It was like $1 to get it wrapped in the tubing and based on what the instructions say, I didn't think it was waterproof.

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Well I think for all practical purposes its waterproof. I've had it submerged in my water fermentation chiller for over a week now and it still works fine.
That doesn't mean it will remain working. They are not waterproof, that being said if you didn't submerge the entire bulb (past where it connects to the wire) you may get away with it. Also why put it in water in your fermentation chamber? That won't allow it to react to the fermenter's inside temps. Just tape it to the side of the active fermenter.
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That doesn't mean it will remain working. They are not waterproof, that being said if you didn't submerge the entire bulb (past where it connects to the wire) you may get away with it. Also why put it in water in your fermentation chamber? That won't allow it to react to the fermenter's inside temps. Just tape it to the side of the active fermenter.
Because I'm doing it like this http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/wate...chiller-81501/
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It was like $1 to get it wrapped in the tubing and based on what the instructions say, I didn't think it was waterproof.
What instructions?
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