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Old 05-07-2013, 12:06 AM   #11
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With one of these setups?
Yup, you may need an adapter if the fridge is not 120v
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:31 AM   #12
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Is this all I need?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00862...dir_mdp_mobile

Is there anything else I would need to buy/order to make this work?

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This one is the best Amazon price on a 110V version. Buy something else to get the order to $25 so you can get free shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/Elitech-All-Pu...words=stc-1000

Here are some links to help you build the controller outlet box----

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...-parts-261506/


http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...-build-163849/

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http://www.pexsupply.com/Johnson-Con...-120-240v-SPDT

I got this one for 55 bucks shipped from ebay a few months ago, some drop cord from work, and a Hubbell marine plug. The wiring is straight-forward and easy (I am an electronics tech, so it was easy for me). If you want to go a step up, you can get a dual stage controller for warm and cold. I am happy with my single for now though.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:01 AM   #15
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This one is the best Amazon price on a 110V version. Buy something else to get the order to $25 so you can get free shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/Elitech-All-Pu...words=stc-1000

Here are some links to help you build the controller outlet box----

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...-parts-261506/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...-build-163849/

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I-iwFLykxs
Seems easy and affordable enough.
Thank you for the video link. I was lost until I watched that one.
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I just built one a couple of weeks ago. Sourced a STC1000 and box on Amazon for abt. $30 (incl. kind of expensive shipping) and duplex receptacle, cover plate and extension cord at the hardware store for abt. $10. Running a minifridge I got from CL for $20, so I am all in around $60.

Follow the build instructions in the above referenced threads. There are also several others if you search.

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I've read a million different opinions but where do you guys like to put the temperature probe, and do you set the temp at the temp you want, or do you need to set it a couple degrees lower?

I shouldn't have problems lagering with this system right?

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I've read a million different opinions but where do you guys like to put the temperature probe, and do you set the temp at the temp you want, or do you need to set it a couple degrees lower?

I shouldn't have problems lagering with this system right?

I've always taped the sensor to the bucket and insulate (bubble wrap) over it. Works great and requires little extra effort. I set the target temp about 0.2*C under where I want to ferment (w/ a tolerance of +/-0.5*C) at the time.

You can cold crash and lager just fine so long as the fridge you are using will go down to 34-35*F. Most will. No worries if using a freezer. Always set the fridge/freezer thermostat all the way cold and let the STC-1000 regulate the temp.
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Have the same situation as the OP. My first batch (Kolsch) is currently fermenting at 78 degrees. My basement isn't as cool as I thought and the recent heat wave isn't helping! I have an extra fridge and was considering buying the Johnson Controls temperature controller so I can ferment at or below 70 degrees, but was wondering if anyone thinks these devices will cause damage to the fridge? It's essentially like plugging and unplugging the fridge many times per day, which cannot possibly be good for the fridge components long term?

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Old 09-05-2013, 02:02 PM   #20
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Have the same situation as the OP. My first batch (Kolsch) is currently fermenting at 78 degrees. My basement isn't as cool as I thought and the recent heat wave isn't helping! I have an extra fridge and was considering buying the Johnson Controls temperature controller so I can ferment at or below 70 degrees, but was wondering if anyone thinks these devices will cause damage to the fridge? It's essentially like plugging and unplugging the fridge many times per day, which cannot possibly be good for the fridge components long term?
Refrigerator compressors turn on and off via a relay just like in the Johnson controller, not sure about the other electronics, which is a valid concern.

I have a johnson controller but replaced it with a control products controller, http://www.amazon.com/Control-Produc.../dp/B0057APR3I

I think you can find them cheaper, but they are dual stage, so they will control a heat source and a cold source at the same time, plus the red LED makes it easy to read, especially in a dark basement.

To change the Johnson controller from heating to cooling you must open the case and phsically move a jumper. The control products controller does it all with software/firmware. No jumpers, it's all in the programmable menu.
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