Quantcast

Johnson Controls Thermostat question

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

bdnoona

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 1, 2008
Messages
451
Reaction score
5
Location
Vernon Hills, IL
I have a chest freezer I'm converting into a keezer. I need to get a thermostat to hold the temps above freezing and saw the Johnson Controls A-19 thermostat on Northern Brewer's website that you just plug it into with the analog control dial. However, I found someone locally selling an A-19thermostat for only $15. My only concern is that there is no power cord sold with the used unit. Would does would that require me to wire it to set it up to function like the NB unit? Or do they all come that way? I don't have the know how or tools to do this if it would be required, so can someone provide a little insight on how this thermostat works?
 

Whisler85

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 4, 2008
Messages
191
Reaction score
1
Location
Lake Bluff, Illinois
although its claimed that the wiring is quite easy, i still went the easier route and bought the johnson controller

if you are in vernon hills, just go to Perfect Brewing on 176 - just about a quarter mile east of milwaukee road- he has the johnson controllers there- save yourself the money on shipping
 
OP
bdnoona

bdnoona

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 1, 2008
Messages
451
Reaction score
5
Location
Vernon Hills, IL
Oh, I didn't know he had those for sale. That's my LHBS too.

My only concern is that this Craigslist find is only $15, which is a steal if it doesn't require any wiring know-how.
 

GilaMinumBeer

Half-fast Prattlarian
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Jan 23, 2008
Messages
65,437
Reaction score
10,790
The wiring is actually pretty easy but, it doesn't hurt to have an electrician verify your work if possible.

Also, cheap deals can be found on the bay.

A note about the Johnson. It's analogue and has a 4 degree differential. This isn;t the end of the world. But if you ever decide to use the keezer for fermentation it's a pretty big swing.
 
OP
bdnoona

bdnoona

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 1, 2008
Messages
451
Reaction score
5
Location
Vernon Hills, IL
That temp swing is OK with me, I won't be using this for anything besides Kegs. How easy is it to wire? Could a total noob manage? I don't want to burn my house down.
 

GilaMinumBeer

Half-fast Prattlarian
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Jan 23, 2008
Messages
65,437
Reaction score
10,790
I haven't actually wired the Johnson but, I have wired (2) Ranco ETC's. One was a dual stage the other a single.

The single stage should be as easy as 3 wires onto screw terminals. You'd do well to pick up a strain relief at the store while you get that heavy duty (shortest available) extension coord. IIRC, Wal-Mart has a 6 foot, 3 wire, appliance coord that work great for these. they also should have the strain reliefs too.
 

Latest posts

Top