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Old 11-18-2011, 03:16 AM   #1
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Default eBIAB using Ranco controller

I'm debating on using this device Ranco ETC 111000 to control a 4gal eBIAB with a 2000 watt element.

The majority of threads referencing the Ranco are for refrigeration. I didn't want to spend the time wiring a pid and control panel if this would work.

Thanks for the help

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Old 11-18-2011, 03:24 AM   #2
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I don't know what eBIAB is exactly, but I am assuming you are seeing if you can use a ranco to control the temperature of the mash? My only concern would be how accurate the temperature probe is at those higher temperatures... dunno!

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I've been stocking around this portion of the forums looking for a way to get into electric brewing. I never thought about trying to incorporate a Ranco into the equation. Wish I had the knowledge to confirm this might work, but I'll watch for the answers/thoughts.

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You could try emailing the manufacturer if no one around these parts has an answer for you.

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High gravity brewing recommends using them to automate mash temps with their EBC II.

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you will need a contactor or a relay, because the ETC can not handle the load a 2000 watt 120vac will require to run.

I tried this with a Ranco for my first HERMS heat exchanger, toasted it. You can set it to a one (+/-)1º differential and I found it to be accurate for holding mash temps. As for boiling I can't say much. but there are quite a few post here about using 2000W element for E-brew rigs up to 5 gallon size.

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you will need a contactor or a relay, because the ETC can not handle the load a 2000 watt 120vac will require to run.

I tried this with a Ranco for my first HERMS heat exchanger, toasted it. You can set it to a one (+/-)1º differential and I found it to be accurate for holding mash temps. As for boiling I can't say much. but there are quite a few post here about using 2000W element for E-brew rigs up to 5 gallon size.
Thanks for the info. I had a gift card to amazon that would cover one, but if i'm going to toast it or have to do more wiring I might as well go with a pid.

Thank you
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I use one for my smoker and one on my indirect hydronic hot water heater. So they'll work fine for high temp applications.

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Thanks for the info. I had a gift card to amazon that would cover one, but if i'm going to toast it or have to do more wiring I might as well go with a pid.

Thank you
Yep, you can get a PID and a SSR for about the price of the ETC.Ranco's work great for fermentation temp controllers though, where PIDs IMO are a PITA for fermentation.
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Hey El Gato. You brought up a good question. I havent looked into this much but in my travels on the wonderful world wide web, I found this guy:

The Powers Home Brewery

Maybe you've seen it or maybe not. On his website he has a wiring diagram that could be of help. Maybe send him an email.

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