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Old 09-10-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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Hi all....can I use a chest freezer for a fermentation chamber using a Ranco controller(or similar) to regulate the temp. If so, is it ok to use the freezer to keep higher temps like in the mid 60's? I'm just wondering if there would be a problem since it's designed to keep things real cold. Thanks


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Old 09-10-2010, 08:47 PM   #2
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Exactly what I use. Two way controller so I can heat and cool as needed.


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Old 09-10-2010, 08:51 PM   #3
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Same here chest freezer with a two stage Ranco.
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2-stage Ranco?? Do you know which model that is? Thanks
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Just have to lift your fermenters over the edge.
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Just have to lift your fermenters over the edge.
Putting in, yes, but use a brew hauler and it's a pretty much no issue. To transfer I use CO2 to push to no need to lift again until it's empty.
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Could I use a "single stage" Ranco to maintain 40-45 degrees in a chest freezer? 'Cause that's what I have Thanks
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I'm using a Chest Freezer and single stage Ranco and I'm having massive temp fluctuations. I guess I need to read up on probe placement. I have it set to 68F with a 3* variance and I come home and my Ranco is reading 61. I'm not sure how cold my beer is, though. I just have the probe sitting on my carboy and I wrapped it in a couple papertowels to try and protect against fluctuations.
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I haven't read about the temp flucuations being an issue when using the Ranco with a refrig. Is there something about running the freezers at the higher temps?
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can you guys show us the 2 stage temp controllers. How much did you pay and where did you get it. DO you have a mini heater in the freezer?


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