Category Archives: Temp Control

Hands on Review: Keg King Kegerators! – Designed for Homebrewers

keg king kegerator reviewKeg King Kegerators, are the first line of Kegerators Designed for Homebrewers.  They have loads of features including the ability to operate at either draft serving temperatures or fermentation temps.

Features:

  • Your choice of 1, 2, or 3 Faucet Stainless Steel Intertap Forward-Sealing Faucets
  • Stainless Steel Air Cooled Tower
  • Digital Thermostat with wide 26 – 82° F temp range
  • Robust MKIII CO2 Regulator included
  • CO2 Tank holder mounts on back of kegerator (tank not included)
  • Stainless Steel Door
  • Drip Tray is removable for easy cleaning
  • Glass Rack
  • Stainless Steel Floor for additional keg support
  • Includes beer and gas tubing
  • Removable shelf if you want to use it as refrigerator

Hands on Review of the Keg King Kegerator

Continue reading

Ends Soon: Inkbird Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller + NTC Sensor – $28.79 w/instant coupon

61gtirtn6ql-_sl1100_

Itc-308 Dual Stage, Pre-Wired Digital Temperature Controller by Inkbird

Dual stage means that the Itc-308 can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.  This controller displays in Fahrenheit and Centigrade.  Dual Display shows both measured and set temperature.

Use to control fermentation or kegerator temperatures.  I have a similar (although not identical) controller from Inkbird.  The base unit is the same (ITC-308), the temperature sensors are different.  Check out my [Hands on Review] of that unit.

4/20/18 8 AM Central: This is selling for $35.99.  Apply coupon code TI2K784F and the price drops 20% to $28.79..  Shipping to most US addresses is also free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Inkbird Aquarium Dual Stage Temperature Controller + NTC Sensor, AC 100V – AC 240V. (ITC-308S + 1.97″ NTC Probe)


Also: Yeast Starters & Fermentation | Kegerator Tips & Gear | ITC-308 Review | Homebrew Temp Controller Roundup! – Kegerator and Fermentation – concepts, applications and models


prod:B01ANCB24W

#10 Two Hole Stopper and Thermowell [Inkbird Compatible] – for PET Carboys and Chapman UniVessels

thermowell#10 Stopper and Thermowell for use with compatible PET Carboys and Chapman UniVessel Fermenters.  The stopper has two holes so that it can accommodate both the thermowell and an airlock.


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

“This carboy thermowell is used in conjunction with the Inkbird Digital Controllers and many others, to more accurately regulate internal temperature during fermentation. It is exceptionally useful during the start of fermentation when the lag between ambient temperature in the refrigerator and actual temperature in the carboy can vary greatly. Now you can keep your beer or wine within one degree of the set point on your digital controller. Designed to fit either 3, 5 or 6 gallon PLASTIC carboys or any other similarly sized opening hole. The unit comes with a 15″ stainless steel thermowell and a #10 silicone stopper that will accommodate our sanitary filter, FIL90, as well. It can be used in any container with a stopper opening of this size where you need to accurately monitor and control liquid temperature  .Inner Diameter of Thermowell: .255″ Works with new 2016 Rancos too!”


Related: Inkbird Temp Controller Deals and Reviews

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for $25.99.  Shipping is also free to most US addresses. Check the listing for current price, description and availability.

#10 Stopper Thermowell Two Hole Bung For Plastic PET Carboys And Chapman Univessel Fermenters

Also: Yeast Starters & Fermentation | StirStarter Stir Plate | Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation | Hands on Review –  Inkbird Dual Stage Temp Controller

More: Recent Great Deals


Inkbird Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller + NTC Sensor – $28.79 w/instant coupon

61gtirtn6ql-_sl1100_

Itc-308 Dual Stage, Pre-Wired Digital Temperature Controller by Inkbird

Dual stage means that the Itc-308 can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.  This controller displays in Fahrenheit and Centigrade.  Dual Display shows both measured and set temperature.

Use to control fermentation or kegerator temperatures.  I have a similar (although not identical) controller from Inkbird.  The base unit is the same (ITC-308), the temperature sensors are different.  Check out my [Hands on Review] of that unit.

4/18/18 10 AM Central: This is selling for $35.99.  Apply coupon code TI2K784F and the price drops 20% to $28.79..  Shipping to most US addresses is also free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Inkbird Aquarium Dual Stage Temperature Controller + NTC Sensor, AC 100V – AC 240V. (ITC-308S + 1.97″ NTC Probe)


Also: Yeast Starters & Fermentation | Kegerator Tips & Gear | ITC-308 Review | Homebrew Temp Controller Roundup! – Kegerator and Fermentation – concepts, applications and models


prod:B01ANCB24W

Fermentation Heating Mat – $19.97 + free prime ship

Round Kombucha Heater Kit for Continuous Brew Crocks & Dispensers. 10" Brewing & Fermentation Heat Mat, Works with any Ceramic, Glass, Stone or Porcelain Containers (10"-120VAC 7-Watts)

Round Kombucha Heater Kit for Continuous Brew Crocks & Dispensers. 10″ Brewing & Fermentation Heat Mat, Works with any Ceramic, Glass, Stone or Porcelain Containers (10″-120VAC 7-Watts)

From the product description, check product page for current description:

  • PERFECT SIZE – 10″ Inch round fits most common sized 1.5 to 2.5 Gallon Kombucha Brewing Crocks
  • NATURAL HEAT – Bottom radiant heating mimics natures normal process in organic fermenting
  • EASY TO USE – No Wrapping, No Tape or Belts. Simply place under your Fermentor and plug in!
  • TEMPERATURE REGULATION – Built in thermal control shuts off heater preventing overheating

Use in conjunction with a temperature controller to dial in fermentation temps.

4/1/18 1 AM Central: This is selling for $18.97. That’s just 52 cents shy of the best histoircal third part Amazon price I found. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Round Kombucha Heater Kit for Continuous Brew Crocks & Dispensers. 10″ Brewing & Fermentation Heat Mat, Works with any Ceramic, Glass, Stone or Porcelain Containers (10″-120VAC 7-Watts)

Also: Yeast Starters and Fermentation | Maintaining Fermentation Temps in Colder Weather

More: Recent Amazon Finds

Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, 2-stage, 1000w, w/ SensorInkbird ITC-308 – Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller

5 cu. ft. Chest Freezer [Fermentation or Kegerator] – $148 via Wal-Mart

Arctic King 5.0 cu ft Chest Freezer, Black

Arctic King 5.0 cu ft Chest Freezer, Black via Wal-Mart

You could use this to put together a freezer based kegerator/keezer (See: Tips and Gear for your Kegerator) or temperature controlled fermentation chamber.

As of this posting, Wal-Mart has this for $148.  Check product page for current price and availability.

Arctic King 5.0 cu ft Chest Freezer, Black

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | 5 Recent Keg Finds

Our Top Draft Resources

 

Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, 2-stage, 1000w, w/ SensorInkbird ITC-308 – Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller

Thermowell and Stopper – $8.99 + free prime ship

Homebrew 1/4" Stainless Steel Thermowell and #7 Bung Stopper for Glass Carboy Fermentation Temperature Thermometer Probe

Homebrew 1/4″ Stainless Steel Thermowell and #7 Bung Stopper for Glass Carboy Fermentation Temperature Thermometer Probe

Use with your compatible temp controller and compatible fermenter to take readings of your wort temperature.

More Info

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • MONITOR FERMENTATION: The G. Francis® Homebrew 1/4″ Stainless Steel Thermowell and #7 Bung Stopper for Glass Carboy Fermentation Temperature Thermometer Probe gives your temperature controller accurate readings to keep your beer at a precise temperature for sterile temperature control; Heating kit and carboy not included
  • KEEP OUT CONTAMINATION: Place a probe inside the tube and then inside your beer fermentation vessel (not included) to monitor your wort while keeping out harmful contaminants and aeration
  • USE YOUR CARBOY: Compatible with most standard glass carboys, temperature controllers, and airlocks; The thermowell is entirely removable from the stopper to fit different sized configurations (#10 stoppers are recommended for plastic carboys)
  • COMBINATION SET: In addition to the thermowell, the included #7 bung plug stopper has an airlock hole with a 0.25-inch (6mm) diameter for standard size airlock to prevent your carboy from building up pressure; The stopper has a 1.3-inch (33mm) top diameter and 0.9-inch (24mm) bottom diameter and includes all hardware needed for exact temperature control even in colder environments
  • SECURE FIT: Constructed with a stainless-steel tube and silicone bung stopper; Make sure the carboy surface and the stopper itself are dry in order for it to stay secure once pressed into carboy; Approximate 0.25-inch (6mm) tube inside diameter (ID); 15.5-inch (39.4cm) overall length; 14.25-inch (36.2cm) tube and 1.1-inch (2.8cm) stopper

 

4/13/18 11 AM Central: This is selling for a scant $8.99. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quicklyFor some pricing clarity… Compare: Stopper Thermowell at MoreBeer (similar but not identical).  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Homebrew 1/4″ Stainless Steel Thermowell and #7 Bung Stopper for Glass Carboy Fermentation Temperature Thermometer Probe

Compare: Stopper Thermowell at MoreBeer (similar but not identical)

Also: Inkbird Dual Stage Temp Controller | Yeast Starters & Fermentation


More: Recent Amazon Finds

Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, 2-stage, 1000w, w/ SensorInkbird ITC-308 – Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller

Hands on Review: Ss Brewtech FTSs2 Heating and Cooling System

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Brewtech FTSs2 Heating and Cooling System

From multiple accounts, the temperature at the start of fermentation is key in controlling the flavor nuances of various yeast strains. Even if you have an elaborate system of heat pads, blankets, towels, water buckets, etc. that allows you to hone in on your desired temperature, it can’t react to changes in your fermentation. If things start to really heat up overnight while you’re sleeping, or during the day when you’re at work, you’re out of luck. Once you start caring about fermentation temperature, it doesn’t take long before you conclude you need something that has its own control to adjust and react to temperatures in real time.

Brewtech makes systems specifically designed for their stainless fermentors. “FTSs” is a cooling-only system, and “FTSs2” is cooling + heating temperature system. There is a digital controller that displays the current temperature (to a tenth of a degree), fitted with a hard-wired temperature probe. The probe slides down into a stainless thermowell that passes through the lid and reads the temperature down in the middle of your fermenting wort. The controller reacts to readings to turn on your cooling water or heat pad, as necessary to maintain your set temperature.

Continue reading

Inkbird ITC-308 Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller – 10% Off Coupon

Dual Stage, Pre-Wired Digital Temperature Controller by Inkbird

  • Plug and play design, easy to use;
  • Dual relay output, be able to connect with refrigeration and heating equipment at the same time
  • Support reading with Centigrade or Fahrenheit unit
  • Maximum output load: 1100W(110V)
  • Dual display window, be able to display measured temperature and set temperature at the same time

Dual stage means that the Itc-308 can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.  This controller displays in Fahrenheit and Centigrade.  Maximum output is 1,100 watt at 110 volts.  Dual Display shows both measured and set temperature.

Use to control fermentation or kegerator temperatures. This is a great controller. Check out my [Hands on Review]

4/5/18 3 AM Central: As of this posting, coupon code G9UN3H3C takes 10% off this great temperature controller.  Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, 2-stage, 1100w, w/ Sensor

Also: Yeast Starters & Fermentation | Kegerator Tips & Gear | Inkbird ITC308 Review

More: Recent Amazon Finds

prod:B01MDSWXY4-itc308

Canada: Inkbird Dual Stage Temperature Controller – 10% Off Coupon

Dual stage digital temperature controller via amazon.ca.  Are you a US homebrewer? Check out our Inkbird Deals and Reviews Page to see if we have any current US based Inkbird Finds.

Dual stage means this can control both a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.  This controller displays in Fahrenheit and Centigrade.  Dual Display shows both measured and set temperature.

Use to control fermentation or kegerator temperatures.

4/5/18 2 AM Central: As of this posting, coupon code 3TO54QP5 takes 10% off this great temperature controller.  Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Inkbird 10A Max.1200W Temperature Controller, Thermostat Outlet, Greenhouse, Reptile, Terrarium, Freezer Thermostats

Related: Homebrew Finds for Canadian Homebrewers!

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | 5 Recent Keg Finds

More: Recent Amazon Finds