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Old 08-25-2011, 01:41 AM   #1
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Hey all, I was wondering if anyone had any good links on how to install a ranco temperature controller(or anything that would serve as a temp controller) on a refrigerator. I'm trying to modify an older fridge into a temperature controlled environment to put my carboys in during fermentation. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:54 AM   #2
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I'm not sure I get your question. If you get a Ranco that is already wired, just plug the fridge into the controller a

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:55 AM   #3
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And plug the controller into a wall outlet. Put the probe into the fridge and there you have it.

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 02:36 AM   #4
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hmm ok, i guess the question I should ask is: what do I need to buy in order to keep a fridge at a constant temp of around 68F, and how do I do it? Sorry, I'm just not sure what I need, and I'm trying to find a keep way to ferment my beers cool in southern california Any links would be helpful, although it would be great if all I need to do is buy the ranco...

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 02:37 AM   #5
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*find a way*

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 02:41 AM   #6
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Here you go. It's not the cheapest but it sure is easy. Plus they are in Cali
http://morebeer.com/view_product/166...roller_-_Wired

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 02:42 AM   #7
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That's all you need my friend. I have 4 of them and I like them alot.

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 03:04 AM   #8
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hmm ok, i guess the question I should ask is: what do I need to buy in order to keep a fridge at a constant temp of around 68F, and how do I do it? Sorry, I'm just not sure what I need, and I'm trying to find a keep way to ferment my beers cool in southern california Any links would be helpful, although it would be great if all I need to do is buy the ranco...
As everyone has said, buy the Ranco ETC-111000-000 prewired with a power plug and socket. Stick the plug into an available 110vac outlet, then connect the refrigerator power plug into the Ranco socket. Find a way to route the Ranco temperature probe into the fridge (easiest is to look for a drain plug on the fridge floor and use it).

Set the refrigerator temperature control to MAX COOL, then follow the Ranco directions to set it to your desired temperature, and set a reasonable differential so your fridge compressor doesn't cycle too frequently.

That's all there is to it...

Cheers!

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:17 AM   #9
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ok, I think I'll pick one on of them up, thanks guys!

 
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:29 AM   #10

Let me repeat.... (I have this for kegging not brewing lagers, I could do this for lagers with the 2nd fridge I have at home ~300 miles away.) Why bother good dry ale yeast exists for making mock-lagers. See my recipe for Miller Lite TRi-Hop in the pull down.

This is what you need. Get it from Northern Brewer. Just Bought one myself. $59



Johnson Temperature Controller

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Lager year round with this external overriding thermostat. It installs on a fridge or freezer to maintain optimal fermentation temperature—trying to lager in a fridge without an external overriding thermostat results in temperatures that are too cold for yeast or even in frozen beer. Plug the appliance of your choice into the thermostat, then plug the thermostat into a standard 120V outlet. An analog dial lets you set the setpoint temperature between 30 and 80F, with 1 degree increments. The Johnson Control thermostat has a 3 1/2 degree differential, which means that the thermostat will shut the fridge or freezer off (stop cooling) at 3 1/2 deg below the setpoint and start the unit (resume cooling) once internal air temperature exceeds the setpoint—the effect of this fluctuation on the actual temperature of fermeting wort or beer will be insignificant.
When you see it, you'll find it self explanatory.
  1. Mount the controller.
  2. Plug it in.
  3. Plug the Fridge/Freezer into the controller
  4. Crank the Fridge/Freezer to coldest setting.
  5. Snake the probe up the condensate drain.
  6. Set the controller temp.
  7. Done.
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