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Old 11-14-2006, 08:15 PM   #1
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I have now decided that I NEED another fridge in which to ferment my brews. I have nailed everything else but not being able to control ferment temps that well. Getting a fridge is no problem but wanted to get some input on what temp controllers everyone is using. When shopping around, I have noticed that the price range is pretty big $50 to $250. Good and bad opinions needed.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:51 PM   #2
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You could do a search, but Ranco is the way to go.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:59 PM   #3
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I use a Johnson Controls analog controller for several years with no problem.

 
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:10 PM   #4
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I use a Johnson Controls analog controller for several years with no problem.
I too am in this camp. I have heard others report that they have (easily) busted the probe. Not an issue for me thus far.
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Old 11-14-2006, 11:11 PM   #5
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The Ranco ETC-111000 does everything you need and is in the lower end of your price range. eBay is a good place to look for them.

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Old 11-14-2006, 11:15 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the input everyone
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Old 11-15-2006, 03:39 AM   #7
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Johnson Controls for me. I've had no problem with the probe!!!!

 
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:20 PM   #8
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How exactly are these used to control the temp of a common refrigerator?

 
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:28 PM   #9
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I splurged and bought the Ranco two-stage controller pre-wired from morebeer.com. You can save money if you know you'll never need to both heat and cool.

http://morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=16664

 
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:30 PM   #10
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How exactly are these used to control the temp of a common refrigerator?
You drop a probe into the fridge/freezer and plug the fridge/freezer into the controller's switched outlet. The controller cycles the fridge on/off to maintain temperature within a specified range. You can control the temp within a few degrees at any temperature between the fridge/freezer's lowest temp and the ambient room temp.

With a 2-stage controller, you can also add a heater in the fridge and reach temps above ambient room temp, which is useful if the fridge is in an unheated garage, for example.

 
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