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Old 11-22-2009, 06:05 PM   #1
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Is there a love controller that will do both a cooling and heating application at the same time? I'm designing a new fermentation chamber in my garage. In the summer it gets too hot, in the winter it gets too cold... I want to be able to control a heater pad and a cooling system with the same device. Any suggestions? Thanks ya'll

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Old 11-22-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
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Program it to cool in the summer, and then reprogram it for heating when winter rolls around.

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Old 11-22-2009, 07:19 PM   #3
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The TSS2 Love controller is the one you want, if you don't want to reprogram. Or if your outside temp swings wildly during the fall and spring seasons.

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Old 11-22-2009, 10:17 PM   #4
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Check out Mashmasters out of Australia. I got mine in Canada so I'm sure there must be an American distributor that has some available. Works prefectly...
http://http://mashmaster.com.au/p/36...oller-kit.html

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Check out Mashmasters out of Australia. I got mine in Canada so I'm sure there must be an American distributor that has some available. Works prefectly...
http://http://mashmaster.com.au/p/36...oller-kit.html
Do they make one for a 110vac power supply? The specs for the one linked says it runs on 220VAC. That could be a problem for state side users. Looks like it would work OK for fermentation temp control, but for something like mash temp control on a RIMS or HERMS I would want better precision thant +/- 1 C.
The shipping from Australia would probably make it a push on cost with the Love controllers.
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Old 11-23-2009, 01:17 AM   #6
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The one I picked was made for the North American market so made for our 110v circuits. Can't comment on RIMS or HERMS though. But it does work quite well to control ferm temps in my carboy. Either plugged to a portable heater or a fridge.

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Does anyone have any experience with this one? Why does it needs two displays? Thanks....

Edit: Or this one?

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With the understanding that using a love controller at all is a bit overkill (I have one), using the Series 16A is way overkill as it is designed for process control. While the TSS2 should give you all the control you need you may want to look at some of the home thermostats. I dont know if you are going for looks or function but I'm guessing that the .01 of a degree control isn't going to make the beer taste any better than the 2 degree swing you are going to get with a simple home thermostat from Homedepot or Lowes.

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Yeah, I understand it's overkill, but I might be able to get it from a guy for $20, it's probably cheaper than the HD one...

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for $20 you are asking the wrong question...

What you should be asking is "how do I wire up my sweet new Love controller"

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