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Old 07-27-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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Just got my Ta4 temp controller which I will be using for my RIMS system and having a little difficulty figuring out how to wire the damn thing. Ports 1 and 2 will be my AC connection but which ports does my thermocoupler attach to and from which ports do I run my leads to my heating element? Thanks for any help.

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Old 07-27-2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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Post a picture of your controller. I can't remember model numbers. If it's Love or an Auberins, should be on-line manual.

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According to this: http://www.sanyoutech.com/UploadProductPic/200991715182749860.pdf
A thermal couple would be attached to pins 6+7.
If it is the standard relay model, your switched lead will be pins 3+4.
This is my interpretation of these "engrish" instructions.

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Old 07-27-2012, 11:25 PM   #4
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I have a wiring diagram that came with it but my options are not exactly clear. ports 3&4 SSR Out1, 5&6 SSR AL1, 7-8-9-10 RIT, 11&12 SSR AL2. I'm no electrical engineer but it just seems unnecessarily cryptic and I cant find a tutorial anywhere. Guessing OUT1 should be my leads to the element but where to attach my thermocoupler?

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Okay, you have the SSR output model. That means pins 3+4 are going to output some DC voltage to trigger a solid state relay and you will need to wire your device (pump or heating element? what sort of RIMS do you have?) to the SSR.

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The thermocouple goes on pins 7 & 8. See the 'TC' there? It's polarity sensitive. If you get a negative value for the temp you probably need to switch the wires around.

Power goes in on 1 & 2. It does not matter which one is hot or neutral, either will work.

SSR output is on 3 & 4. It is polarity sensitive. 3 is negative and goes to the SSR negative side. 4 is positive and connects to the SSR positive side.

Alarm is on 5 & 6. I assume this is alarm 1. You can set it to alert to you an over or under temperature condition.

Make sure you configure it to match your temperature probe type.

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The system will just be used to regulate the mash temperature via passing wort through a tube with the heating element. Thanks for getting me started, still need to order the thermowell and a probe that fits it. Any recommendations on what should work well for the TA4?

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My suggestion would be to use an RTD temperature probe. RTD's respond quickly (not that TC's don't) and are easily extendable, though they cost more.

Here are the ones I use. They are currently $32.55. http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_15&produ cts_id=107

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Thanks for advice. Any suggestions on temperature controller configuration? Settings that seem to be working well? Finally have all the stainless and installing soon, i'll throw up a picture.

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