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Old 11-16-2012, 12:33 AM   #3131
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Hey this is selling on eBay for 19.99 and free shipping. I just picked an additional unit up and not affiliated with the seller. I found the link via homebrewfinds.com.

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Did you check it is a 110V version, looks like some have fallen for a good priced one only to find it was 220V.


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Old 11-16-2012, 12:35 AM   #3132
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Did you check it is a 110V version, looks like some have fallen for a good priced one only to find it was 220V.
or single stage.


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Old 11-16-2012, 01:36 AM   #3133
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or single stage.
The reason for that seems to be different - every one I can recall that wound up with a single stage did so (intentionally or not) because they wanted a model that uses degrees Fahrenheit.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:54 PM   #3134
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Will the hot side on this power a 1500 watt heating element?
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Will the hot side on this power a 1500 watt heating element?
Depends on precisely which one you got, as it depends on which relay you've got. Is the 1500W element meant for 120V or 240V?

Also, what do you plan on using a heating element for? This unit isn't that great for actual brewday applications as that generally requires fairly rapid cycling, which these type of relays aren't really meant for. If you're looking to control HLT or mash temps, a PID unit with a solid state relay is what you should be looking at.
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Depends on precisely which one you got, as it depends on which relay you've got. Is the 1500W element meant for 120V or 240V?

Also, what do you plan on using a heating element for? This unit isn't that great for actual brewday applications as that generally requires fairly rapid cycling, which these type of relays aren't really meant for. If you're looking to control HLT or mash temps, a PID unit with a solid state relay is what you should be looking at.
thanks, can you please give an example of an inexpensive PID unit with a solid state relay?
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:55 PM   #3137
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I'd suggest checking out the electric brewing section, I'm sure folks there can give you some pretty good recommendations
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:02 PM   #3138
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The reason for that seems to be different - every one I can recall that wound up with a single stage did so (intentionally or not) because they wanted a model that uses degrees Fahrenheit.
I got my single-stage because I was cheap! Totally didn't know it was a single-stage when I bought it (and didn't want a single-stage), but I saved about $5!!
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I did a short series of my STC-1000 + Fermentation Chamber Build. Pretty fun build! Brewed my first batch last night and this baby is fermenting nicely!

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thanks, can you please give an example of an inexpensive PID unit with a solid state relay?
I just bought this one. http://bit.ly/TQbQrV


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