Kegging and Bottling / Re: Converting a chest freezer into a temperature controlled fermentation station« on: September 29, 2010, 11:19:41 AM »
Good set up? Hell yes! I have 3 freezers and controlers. Go with the Ranco ETC-111000 for fermentation control. 1 degree granularity. I finally found a Ranco 2 stage ETC-211000 on Ebay for $50 (SCORE! ) since the spring and fall weather in NC can require cooling or heating over a 24 hour period. The only issue is, like gremlins, you can't get the probes wet. This guy http://www.brewershardware.com/Ranco-Temperature-Sensors/ sells waterproof replacement probes for several of the controller brands.
My question(s) is:
Is this going to be a good set up? I've read various forum posts supporting these while others say I will burn out the motor.
Will something like a plug in temperature control work out in the long run for a kegging system down the road?
I'm looking for some knowledgeable opinions to help guide my next step.