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Old 12-10-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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Default Temperature Controller upgrade and DIY question...

Hi Guys,

Just got my Danby Kegerator and I have heard that they controller in them stinks. I wanted to get a controller with an LCD display that would be fairly easy to install and configure.

Anyone have any easy options that I could use to make this happen? I have seen the Love Controllers, but they do seem like they require a good bit of work.

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Sean



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Old 12-10-2012, 11:35 PM   #2
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STC-1000 from Ebay, just ensure you get one that's 110v and not 240v.

They come from China, they're $20 shipped (takes 3 weeks though) and work great for this! This is the 'ebay temp controller' or 'aquarium controller' that everyone talks about here. The rumors are true: it's great and cheap!



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Seconded. It doesn't require "a good bit of work", just stripping and twisting a couple wires. It'll only take a few minutes and is a great DIY.

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Thanks Guys! Do they display Celsius only?

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I just put one together last night . Took about an hour. I found mine on Amazon and had it in 4 days. $25 shipped. There's a youtube video with step by step instructions.

*Edit: This is the video I used...

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They do display Celsius only, that's the only downside. For a kegerator, where you won't be changing the temp much (or at all), it's no big deal. Mine keeps my keezer at 4.4 degrees C.

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I also use the stc1000. Took about an hour to put it in a nice box with receptacles for heating and cooling. It works great in my ferm chamber no matter what the temps are around it.

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The Celcius thing is an annoyance for sure, and this coming from a Canadian! But I'm so used to everything beer related being in Fahrenheit. I printed out a conversion chart and taped it beside my controller, it does the job

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I also use the stc1000. Took about an hour to put it in a nice box with receptacles for heating and cooling. It works great in my ferm chamber no matter what the temps are around it.
So i guess I am a little confused about the multiple outlets for heating/cooling. Is it just that you wire it if you want to use the heating outlet?

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The Celcius thing is an annoyance for sure, and this coming from a Canadian! But I'm so used to everything beer related being in Fahrenheit. I printed out a conversion chart and taped it beside my controller, it does the job
I am sure that I would get used to it. Have a Good/Bad/Ugly conversion chart
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The STC-1000 is a dual stage controller, so it control both heating and cooling. This is awesome for a fermentation chamber, where depending on what you're fermenting and the ambient temperature you'll either need to heat or cool the fermenter to maintain your set point.

For a kegerator, you can probably just wire the cooling part. That's what I did for mine.

If you're ordering one on e-bay, you should probably just order two. Once you see how awesome it is you'll want to get a dedicated fermentation fridge.



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