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KarlHungus76 07-24-2012 06:52 PM

Temperature controllers.
I was wondering what people's thoughts were on the various types of temp controllers out there. I will be using it on a fridgidaire 7.2 keezer, and am not finding much difference between the Ranco, Love, and Johnson brands.
I would like to avoid wiring directly if able, as this seems like an unnecessary hassle (correct me if I am missing something). So that likely means the outlet versions. Thanks in advance for any comments.

wilserbrewer 07-24-2012 06:57 PM

I have a Ranco and find it to work very well...if you are handy you can wire it yourself, say $50 - $60, or there are prewired versions for a few more bucks...$80 - $90.

Pretty good thread recently on adjusting the internal thermostat on a freezer...looks like just about as much work as wiring a ranco and $50 cheaper.

DrBrewDC 07-24-2012 06:57 PM

I built my own. Found it quite easy and much less expensive. The plans are here:


Nagorg 07-24-2012 07:00 PM

+1 on the "eBay aquarium temp controller"! It's an STC 1000 controller and its pretty easy to build. Plenty of examples on this forum. Works awesomely too! :rockin:

sapperxl 07-24-2012 07:16 PM

I love my stc, works good on my fermentation fridge and my ehlt and super cheap!

isurf 07-25-2012 12:49 AM

Johnson digital, plug and play.

makomachine 07-25-2012 12:53 AM

I have Ranco and Johnson both. Prefer the Ranco for +/- 1 degree accuracy and easy set features. The probe is also smaller than the Johnson and fits in 1/4 inch thermowells. No complaints - have 3 Ranco for fermentation controllers and use my two Johnson's on my kegerator and fermentation chamber ambient control.

logdrum 07-25-2012 02:57 AM

Another recent STC 1000 convert here. Plenty of detailed instruction, works flawlessly ( thus far )

LiquidFlame 07-25-2012 03:08 AM

+1 on the STC. I've made two and they work great. If your interested here's my fermentation chamber where I use both of my temperature controllers. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/dual...-build-318098/

KarlHungus76 07-25-2012 01:16 PM

Thanks for the replies everybody.

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