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Old 05-29-2012, 03:46 AM   #1
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Hey everyone. I just bought a new Ranco ETC 111000 temperature controller and the one or two videos on youtube on how to wire it were pretty dismal (and ridiculously long at 10 and 15 minutes!!!). So I got together with my friend John today and we shot one of our own.

It's only a minute and a half and even clearer than the others. Like it and comment on youtube and then let us know what you think of it here! Hope it helps.


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Old 06-02-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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Well that makes it look simple. You're right about the others. There's alot of talking which makes it kinda confusing. Great vid.

 
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:12 AM   #3
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That looks pretty easy, thinking about picking one of these up to run my keezer and using the stc-1000 for fermentation refrigerator.

 
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:57 AM   #4
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread but I had written the below response but totally forgot to post it so I felt it was necessary for anyone interested in the future.


I gotta say, wiring it is a piece of cake. Shooting the video took wayyyy longer. Even the operation couldn't be easier. I was glad to pay the extra few bucks for this digital one over anything analog. I paid a touch under $50 bucks (shipped) for mine from a reputable seller on ebay. Got it super fast and grabbed the 10ft extension from Harbor Freight for $6.50.

You will additionally need a wire nut (preferred) or electrical tape for this job not mentioned in the beginning of the video.

The only thing I would've added had I found one (made the time to find one) was a 1/2" NM/SE (non-metalic/service entrance) connector sometimes known as a squeeze connector or Romex connector typically made by Gampak or Halex. This goes in the conduit knockout in the bottom of the Ranco controller and clamps down on the cable to eliminate cable stress on the teriminal blocks and eliminating the possibility that the cables can pull out of the terminal blocks. I had my friend float some hot glue in my conduit knockout after it all was wired instead.

Tips: Don't use any larger gauge cable than 14 (larger cable = lower number) or it won't fit in the terminal blocks. I used 14 but 16 gauge is probably your best bet here as long as your extension cord isn't too long. Try not to leave as much copper showing as I initially did. I ended up going back and trimming the wire and made sure it was pushed as far as possible into the terminal block. If you're handy with a soldering iron, it would also be wise to tin the wires.

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Old 07-04-2012, 04:14 PM   #5
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Need this

 
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:02 PM   #6
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Just watched the video. Well done. I feel a little better about buying the diy version now. And it saves me 30 bucks from morebeer. My wallet thanks you.

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Old 05-23-2013, 09:10 PM   #7
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So If I take this approach (and using it with a freezer fermentation chamber) I could us this modified Ranco ETC 111000 temperature controller with a heat source during the winter months then I could us the controller with the freezer during the hot months correct?

 
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:11 PM   #8
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So If I take this approach (and using it with a freezer fermentation chamber) I could us this modified Ranco ETC 111000 temperature controller with a heat source during the winter months then I could us the controller with the freezer during the hot months correct?
great video by the way!

 
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:39 PM   #9
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So If I take this approach (and using it with a freezer fermentation chamber) I could us this modified Ranco ETC 111000 temperature controller with a heat source during the winter months then I could us the controller with the freezer during the hot months correct?
yup you got it. fyi, most people use an incandescent lamp as their heat source. you shouldn't need more than that in such a small space. just understand that it wont switch between sources automatically; you'll need to do that yourself once the weather really starts changing

 
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:02 PM   #10
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yup you got it. fyi, most people use an incandescent lamp as their heat source. you shouldn't need more than that in such a small space. just understand that it wont switch between sources automatically; you'll need to do that yourself once the weather really starts changing
What method do you use with you temp probe? do you just stick it in a glass of water in the chamber? I exclusively ferment in stainless kegs so i'm not sure what the best approach would be to get a true temp reading (without breaking the bank ).

 
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