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Title: Two equpiment questions
Post by: dano14041 on September 15, 2010, 08:08:20 PM
Is there a thread comparing the Johnson analog and digital controllers? Or do you have an opinion preferring one over the other?

Next question, on one of the other threads someone said they used a pond pump to recirculate ice/cold water through their IC. Any recommendations on what kind of pump works best for this?

Thank you!
Dano
Title: Re: Two equpiment questions
Post by: micsager on September 15, 2010, 08:22:59 PM
Is there a thread comparing the Johnson analog and digital controllers? Or do you have an opinion preferring one over the other?

Next question, on one of the other threads someone said they used a pond pump to recirculate ice/cold water through their IC. Any recommendations on what kind of pump works best for this?

Thank you!
Dano


Can't remember the thread, but many have opened that the analog controllers last longer and are much more durable.  I have two digitals.  a one phase and a two phase.  Had them about two years.  No problems. 

Just go to homedepot and get one.  I use a 1/3hp for my keg cleaners as described on the AHA mainpage.  (or it was)
Title: Re: Two equpiment questions
Post by: jptheelder on September 15, 2010, 11:37:09 PM
Is there a thread comparing the Johnson analog and digital controllers? Or do you have an opinion preferring one over the other?
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I have used the analog for a few years now and it still work like the day I got it. I dont have the fancy digital one but it most likley works well also. the analog is quite precise and easey to use.
Title: Re: Two equpiment questions
Post by: tygo on September 16, 2010, 12:50:27 AM

Next question, on one of the other threads someone said they used a pond pump to recirculate ice/cold water through their IC. Any recommendations on what kind of pump works best for this?


I use one of these:  http://www.homedepot.com/Building-Materials-Plumbing-Pumps-Utility/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xr5Zasgg/R-100178274/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Works great.
Title: Re: Two equpiment questions
Post by: dshepard on September 16, 2010, 08:05:51 AM
Next question, on one of the other threads someone said they used a pond pump to recirculate ice/cold water through their IC. Any recommendations on what kind of pump works best for this?


This pump works great http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_792_792 Watch for sales, I think I got mine for around $30 brand new.
Title: Re: Two equpiment questions
Post by: dhacker on September 16, 2010, 04:42:21 PM
The digital model obviously gives you more setup options. The two I think I like the most are temp readout on the display, and anti-short cycling/ lockout on the compressor if there's a power failure.
Title: Re: Two equpiment questions
Post by: dano14041 on September 16, 2010, 06:25:38 PM
Thank you all for the advice!

I ordered the analog Johnson Controller today, figuring I can always upgrade later when I need another controller.

I am going to wait on the pump. I can chill the wort down to just under 80 with the IC, and get it into the mid-60's with chilled top off water.

Thanks again for the advice!
Dano