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Old 11-01-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default Which Temperature controller did you use?

As the title asks. Which do you use? and why do you use it?

I'm going to be putting together a couple of keezers for lagering and for servind... I need some tips on what hardware I should use!

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Old 11-01-2010, 07:04 PM   #2
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I love rancos, have 5 of them and never any problems.

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Old 11-01-2010, 07:19 PM   #3
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I have a Love and a Johnson. I use the Love on my kegerator mounted on a panel so I can see the temp from behind the bar. I use the Johnson for my fermwraps. Both work great! The only reason for different brands was the different form factors.

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Old 11-01-2010, 07:41 PM   #4
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I had a Ranco on my Keezer. It worked great for about 4 years. But I had to unplug it recently (since it was empty, hadn't brewed in a year or 2, didnt see the point of running it with no beer in it) got back into brewing, plugged it back in after a few months and got the old E2 error. So now I need to replace it. After reading so many issues with the Rancos I am going to get a LOVE to replcae it. I have not seen one single report about a LOVE controller failing

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Old 11-01-2010, 08:56 PM   #5
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I had a Ranco on my Keezer. It worked great for about 4 years. But I had to unplug it recently (since it was empty, hadn't brewed in a year or 2, didnt see the point of running it with no beer in it) got back into brewing, plugged it back in after a few months and got the old E2 error. So now I need to replace it. After reading so many issues with the Rancos I am going to get a LOVE to replcae it. I have not seen one single report about a LOVE controller failing
I keep hearing this, but... Rancos are probably used 10 to 1 over loves for keezer control. So there's obviously going to be a higher fail rate, which I believe if someone did an actual study would be a very low percentage. And there no telling how many failures are the fault of the user.
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I have a digital Ranco. Single stage. Digital. One degree differential. Easily wired. and only cost about $50.

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Old 11-01-2010, 08:59 PM   #7
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I keep hearing this, but... Rancos are probably used 10 to 1 over loves for keezer control. So there's obviously going to be a higher fail rate, which I believe if someone did an actual study would be a very low percentage. And there no telling how many failures are the fault of the user.
I understand that. But in my situation right now, the LOVE is cheaper than the Ranco, and as I said, I have seen no complaints at all about the LOVE controllers. I liked my Ranco. it worked well and did its job. I just don't like the failure rate I've been seeing out of them. So im gonna try something different this time
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I have used the analog Johnson, the Ranco, and several LOVE controllers.

I hands down prefer the LOVE. I suggest the LOVE TSS2-2100 for fermentation control. It is dual stage so you can control heat and cooling with a single probe. The TS2 is good for a keezer because it will always be below ambient.

I prefer the LOVE controllers because they provide a lot more flexibility in programming, and look about a million times better (IMO). The only downside is more advanced wiring is required.

I still use a ranco on my keezer and it works just fine. I just prefer the LOVEs.

There is a really good thread here for programming the LOVEs if you search "LOVE 2008+"

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I've been using a Love controller for about 18 hours and so far I really like it. Wiring it up was really easy and programming it was simple too.

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Ranco for me but only because I found it at a good price. easy to wire up also.

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