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anthrobe 11-14-2006 07:15 PM

Temperature Controllers
 
I have now decided that I NEED another fridge in which to ferment my brews. I have nailed everything else but not being able to control ferment temps that well. Getting a fridge is no problem but wanted to get some input on what temp controllers everyone is using. When shopping around, I have noticed that the price range is pretty big $50 to $250. Good and bad opinions needed.

david_42 11-14-2006 08:51 PM

You could do a search, but Ranco is the way to go.

Beer Weavel 11-14-2006 08:59 PM

Temperature controllers
 
I use a Johnson Controls analog controller for several years with no problem.

olllllo 11-14-2006 09:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beer Weavel
I use a Johnson Controls analog controller for several years with no problem.

I too am in this camp. I have heard others report that they have (easily) busted the probe. Not an issue for me thus far.

Yuri_Rage 11-14-2006 10:11 PM

The Ranco ETC-111000 does everything you need and is in the lower end of your price range. eBay is a good place to look for them.

http://www.honeyrunapiaries.com/stor.../ranco_etc.jpg

anthrobe 11-14-2006 10:15 PM

Thanks for all the input everyone:rockin:

Beer Weevel 11-15-2006 02:39 AM

Johnson Controls
 
Johnson Controls for me. I've had no problem with the probe!!!!

BrewmanBeing 11-15-2006 07:20 PM

How exactly are these used to control the temp of a common refrigerator?

nosnhojr 11-15-2006 07:28 PM

I splurged and bought the Ranco two-stage controller pre-wired from morebeer.com. You can save money if you know you'll never need to both heat and cool.

http://morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=16664

nosnhojr 11-15-2006 07:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BrewmanBeing
How exactly are these used to control the temp of a common refrigerator?

You drop a probe into the fridge/freezer and plug the fridge/freezer into the controller's switched outlet. The controller cycles the fridge on/off to maintain temperature within a specified range. You can control the temp within a few degrees at any temperature between the fridge/freezer's lowest temp and the ambient room temp.

With a 2-stage controller, you can also add a heater in the fridge and reach temps above ambient room temp, which is useful if the fridge is in an unheated garage, for example.


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