Category Archives: Temp Control

Kegerator Temperature Probe Placement – To Immerse or Not To Immerse? – three tests to determine optimal placement

Kegerator Temperature Probe Placement

Where Should I Place My Kegerator Temperature Probe?

After my test on the effects of a recirculating fan on kegerator temperatures (See: Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan), I decided to test the effects of kegerator temperature probe placement.  I went with three configurations: Immersed vs Ambient Non-Immersed vs… Zip Tied to a Beer Can.  Those tests yielded some interesting findings.


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IP67 Waterproof Heat Mat by Ohuhu [fermentation temps]

Ohuhu Seedling Heat Mat for Plants, 10" x 20.75" MET Certified IP67 Water Resistant Heating Pad for Indoor Home Gardening Hydroponic Germination, 21W Durable Seed Starter Warming Mats

Ohuhu IP67 Waterproof Plant Warm Mat, 18W Hydroponic Heating Pad for Indoor Seedling and Germination, 10″ x 20.75″

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  • Stable Heating System: Designed to increase the temperature of the rooting area 10℉ to 20℉ above the ambient air temperature, perfect for indoor gardening, for better germination and plant growth
  • 5-Layer Structure: The outer layer of this seedling heat mat is made with heavy duty PVC material, and the middle alloy Nikrothal heating wire is wrapped in dual insulating PET layer which is firm, durable and safe for use
  • Water-Resistant & Easy To Clean: IP67 water-resistant, proofed against splashes, showers and sprays. Due to the high water-resistant level, it is easy to clean the Ohuhu plant heating pad, just need to rinse and wipe it
  • Ideal Size: The size of this Ohuhu seedling heat mat is 10”x 20.75” with 6 ft power cord, suitable for general plant germination and keep a moderate temperature for your plants in cold winter
  • Carrying Pouch: Comes with a storage bag, just need to roll up the heating pad and put into the handy carrying bag when not in use, convenient for collection

From HBF: Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

 

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Ohuhu Seedling Heat Mat for Plants, 10″ x 20.75″ MET Certified IP67 Water Resistant Heating Pad for Indoor Home Gardening Hydroponic Germination, 21W Durable Seed Starter Warming Mats – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Inkbird ITC-308 – Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller | Review | Inkbird Deals

Controls 2 Devices! – Inkbird ITC-608T, 1,800 Watt Dual Stage Temp Controller + DUAL Temp Probes

Inkbird ITC-608T Temperature Controller with Dual Temperature Sensor AC Dual Stage Outlet Thermostat with 12 Period Time Stage 1800W ETL Listed

Inkbird ITC-608T Temperature Controller with Dual Temperature Sensor AC Dual Stage Outlet Thermostat with 12 Period Time Stage 1800W ETL Listed

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  • 【US ETL Certificate Listed 】ITC-608T thermostat temperature controller is ETL listed, and rigorously tested for quality control and safety. More power up to 1800W.
  • 【Main Functions]】Supporting calibration, compressor delay and saving reset setting values. Centigrade or Fahrenheit degree display, easy to set, PV and SV dual display windows. And with compressor delay for protecting cooling device. ITC-608T can save the original setting values in case accidentally power-off.
  • 【Dual Temperature Sensor]】Temperature sensors are waterproof and the temperature control range is -40~212°F (-40~100°C).
  • 【Multiple Functions Temperature and Humidity Control Mode with Dual Relay Output】ITC-608T can work as a temperature controller, a humidity controller, a temperature humidity controller and dual temperature controller.
  • 【Multipurpose Usage】 Temperature and humidity controller ITC-608T can be used in home brewing (refrigerator), fermenting, Greenhouse, terrarium, reptile, planting (mushroom), meat storage and cooking. Max Loading: 120V 15A 1800W.

 

I would say that 1,800 Watt is a higher capacity than many of the homebrew controllers out there.

Click to enlarge.  This has two temperature probes and two “work” outlets.  As outlined in this chart and confirmed to me by the manufacturer, this allows you to control TWO devices at the same time.  That means controlling two fermentation chambers or a fermentation chamber and a kegerator with one single controller. If you’re controller a single chamber, this can function as a dual stage controller. If you’re controlling two devices at the same time, each would be single stage.

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Inkbird ITC-608T Temperature Controller with Dual Temperature Sensor AC Dual Stage Outlet Thermostat with 12 Period Time Stage 1800W ETL Listed  – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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ITC-1000 Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller

Inkbird All-Purpose Digital Temperature Controller Fahrenheit and Centigrade Thermostat with Sensor 2 Relays ITC-1000F for Refrigerator Fermenter

Inkbird ITC-1000 Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller by Inkbird

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The ITC-1000(110V) is a two-stage temperature controller that can simultaneously heat and cool using two different sides of a standard electrical relay.
In the heating mode, when the temperature is lower than the set temperature, the controller is turned on and turned off when it is higher than the set temperature.
In the cooling mode, the temperature is turned on when the temperature is higher than the set temperature, and is turned off when the temperature is lower than the set temperature.
The ITC-1000 (110V)can switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

Main features
Fahrenheit and Celsius Display Can Be Choose
More User-friendly Operating
Switch Between Cooling and Heating Modes
Control the Temperature by Setting the Temperature Set Value and the Difference Value
Temperature Calibrating
Refrigerating Control Output Delay Protection
Alarm When Temperature Exceeds the Limit or When Sensor Error

Output: 2 Relays
Temperature Measuring Range: -58~210°F / -50~99°C
Resolution: 0.1°F / 0.1°C
Accuracy: ±2°F (-58~160°F) / ±1°C (-50~70°C)
Power Supply: 110VAC 50Hz/60Hz
Power Consumption: 3W
Sensor: NTC Sensor


 

Use to help control temperature of your kegerator, fermentation chamber or as part of your brew system. Dual Stage means this can control a heating and cooling device.  Alternatively, it can control a heating or a cooling device.   Note that this is an unwired controller and will require some work to implement in your project.  See: ITC-1000 Step by Step Build for one possible configuration.  If you’re looking for a pre-wired temp controller, consider – ITC-308 – [Review].

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Cooler Weather Is Coming… TWO x Waterproof Heating Mat by VIVOHOME [fermentation temps]

VIVOHOME 20W Waterproof Seedling Heat Mats for Seed Starting Propagation and Increase Germination Success 10 inch x 20.75 inch Pack of 2 MET Safety Standard Certified

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  • PROFESSIONAL HEAT MAT – Provide your seedlings with a warmer environment to speed up germination, raise success rates, and increase growth rates; A faster growth rate translates to quicker transplant times and higher future yields; Use indoors, in greenhouses, and grow tents, help make your garden a healthy and fruitful place
  • DURABLE & RELIABLE – Made with heavy duty PVC material that is durable and resists wear and tear; Complies with MET standards; multi-layer structure with built-in insulated wiring and PET film design follows strict safety standards; IPX-4 water-resistant surface helps keep the device clean and functioning properly
  • STABLE HEATING SYSTEM – Automatically warms root area 10-20℉(5-11℃) over the ambient air temperature, which will increase the success of seedlings and cuttings; We recommend using this with VIVOHOME thermostat for proper temperature control
  • EASY TO USE – Simply flatten and place beneath your seedling tray and plug the cord into a standard 120V outlet to begin heating; With helpful instructions and growing tips printed on the mat, you’ll never be at a loss for growing your plants
  • STORE AWAY – Dimensions: 10 x 20.75 inches, with a 5.7-ft power cord, this heating pad fits standard 1020 seedling trays; Comes with a handy carrying bag; Seeds germinated and you need to store the mat? Simply roll it up and pack it away, guaranteed not to take up much room

 

VIVOHOME 20W Waterproof Seedling Heat Mats for Seed Starting Propagation and Increase Germination Success 10 inch x 20.75 inch Pack of 2 MET Safety Standard Certified – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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TWO x Waterproof Heating Mat by VIVOHOME [fermentation temps]

VIVOHOME 20W Waterproof Seedling Heat Mats for Seed Starting Propagation and Increase Germination Success 10 inch x 20.75 inch Pack of 2 MET Safety Standard Certified

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

  • PROFESSIONAL HEAT MAT – Provide your seedlings with a warmer environment to speed up germination, raise success rates, and increase growth rates; A faster growth rate translates to quicker transplant times and higher future yields; Use indoors, in greenhouses, and grow tents, help make your garden a healthy and fruitful place
  • DURABLE & RELIABLE – Made with heavy duty PVC material that is durable and resists wear and tear; Complies with MET standards; multi-layer structure with built-in insulated wiring and PET film design follows strict safety standards; IPX-4 water-resistant surface helps keep the device clean and functioning properly
  • STABLE HEATING SYSTEM – Automatically warms root area 10-20℉(5-11℃) over the ambient air temperature, which will increase the success of seedlings and cuttings; We recommend using this with VIVOHOME thermostat for proper temperature control
  • EASY TO USE – Simply flatten and place beneath your seedling tray and plug the cord into a standard 120V outlet to begin heating; With helpful instructions and growing tips printed on the mat, you’ll never be at a loss for growing your plants
  • STORE AWAY – Dimensions: 10 x 20.75 inches, with a 5.7-ft power cord, this heating pad fits standard 1020 seedling trays; Comes with a handy carrying bag; Seeds germinated and you need to store the mat? Simply roll it up and pack it away, guaranteed not to take up much room

 

VIVOHOME 20W Waterproof Seedling Heat Mats for Seed Starting Propagation and Increase Germination Success 10 inch x 20.75 inch Pack of 2 MET Safety Standard Certified – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Cooler Weather is Coming… Fermentation Heating Belt – $23.69 + free prime ship

Brew Fermentation Heating Belt, 1-Count

Brew Fermentation Heating Belt

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  • Package contains 1-count of Brew belt fermentation heating belt
  • Fits a 7-8 Gallon Plastic Fermenter or a 6 Gallon Plastic Fermenter
  • It will maintain at a constant brewing temperature of 75-80 deg F. up to 8 days
  • Additional heat source to maintain minimum fermentation temperatures

This 120 Volt Heater can maintain wine or beer fermenting temperatures in cold room, garage, or basement.
Adjusts to fit 3, 5 and 6 gallon carboys or 5, 6, and 8 gallon buckets.
Not recommended for glass carboys.
Package contains 1-count of Brew belt fermentation heating belt
It will maintain at a constant brewing temperature of 75-80 deg F. up to 8 days


From HBF: Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

 

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BN-LINK Durable Waterproof Heat Mat [Fermentation Temps] – $10.79 + free prime ship, w/coupon

BN-LINK Durable Seedling Heat Mat Warm Hydroponic Heating Pad Waterproof 10" x 20.75"

BN-LINK Durable Seedling Heat Mat Warm Hydroponic Heating Pad Waterproof 10″ x 20.75″

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  • CONSISTENT HEATING: The BN-Link Durable Seedling Hydroponic Heating Pad provides consistent, uniform heating at temperatures around 68°F to 86°F (20°F to 30°F), which are the perfect temperatures for seed starting and cutting propagation.
  • NICE AND TOASTY FOR YOUR PLANTS: The protective film on the heating mat ensures that the roots of your plants are warm, but never scorched.
  • DURABLE AND FLEXIBLE: Not only is the BN-Link Durable Seedling Hydroponic Heating Pad built to last with its durable, water-resistant material, the Heating Mat also remains elastic and flexible. Perfect for most conditions indoors/outdoors. Each unit comes with BN-Link’s strong 15-month warranty.
  • EASY SETUP: Nothing difficult or convoluted here! All you gotta do is pull it out of the box and plug it in.
  • GREAT SIZE AND SAFE: The BN-Link Durable Seedling Hydroponic Heating Pad 10″ x 20.75″ mat is the perfect size for standard 1020 trays. The heating film and insulation allows the mat to reach the desired temperatures within minutes without burning your seeds.

 

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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Hands on Review: Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer + Limited Time Deal

tilt review

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.

Tilt Bluetooth Fermentation Hydrometer

I get pretty excited about most homebrew gear. As an engineer, I love trying to find new tools that let me brew more consistently, or give me control over processes that previously were just a spectator sport. The Tilt Bluetooth hydrometer is one of those devices that pulls back the curtain a bit on a part of the brew process that’s a bit more mysterious. It lets you see what’s going on within your fermenting beer in a way that makes you wonder how you managed without it before.


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  • TILT is not carried by loads of retailers. AIH is one of a few that carries it. The problem has been, their retail price drifted up to the point where it didn’t make a lot of sense to share deals with you. Even with coupons, their offering was more expensive than other retailers.
  • I’m happy to say, we’ve got a deal.

Get $20 Back

  • Spend $100 at Adventures in Homebrewing and they’re giving you an extra 300 rewards points for free.  Some exceptions apply.
  • Rewards points figure to about a 5% value.  Example: 750 points – is about $37.50.  Normally, you get 1 point per dollar.  With this promo, you get an extra 300 points when you spend $100.  So, 100 + 300 = 400.  That’s a $20 gift card.
  • No coupon code is necessary.
  • This applies to nearly everything.  There are some exceptions.  Look for “x points will be rewarded to you when you buy this item.” on product pages to make sure items qualify for the extra points.
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The device comes in a compact clear polycarbonate tube, sealed on each end to keep the battery and fancy circuitry dry as it floats along in your fermentor. It’s completely no-strings-attached, and you just drop it in your fermentor and the Bluetooth chip on board broadcasts to your smartphone or tablet to report Standard Gravity and temperature. It makes use of a novel concept to track your gravity. It has a digital inclinometer on board, which measures how much it’s “tilt”-ed . The weight of the device makes it want to sink in your beer, and buoyancy of the cylinder counteracts it. The thicker your wort is, the Tilt doesn’t sink as much and as a result has a greater tilt. As your fermentation progresses and the gravity drops, the buoyancy decreases and Tilt sinks lower and becomes more vertical. The circuitry measuring the angle does some calculations and outputs the angle as a gravity measurement.

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Digital Dual Stage Temperature Controller

Digital Temperature Controller Thermostat Heating and Cooling Mode, Dual Relay Output Thermostat Controlled for Reptiles Aquarium Homebrew Seedlings Greehouse Germination Fermentation 10A 1250W

Digital Temperature Controller Thermostat Heating and Cooling Mode, Dual Relay

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  • Smart to control temperature .widely used for heating mat, homebrew, greenhouse, aquarium, aquaculture etc
  • Smart timing. This plug time thermostat socket has the functions of cycle timing, timing opening, timing closing and timing switch. Timing range: range:0-99 hours 59 minutes, timing accuracy: MAX 10 minutes.
  • Smart temperature controller. By setting start and stop temperature, this plug in temperature controller socket will automatically switch heating and cooling modes and control the heating/cooling equipment to work.
  • Big LCD display. The LCD display is able to show the temperature control mode ,start and stop temperature more easily.
  • Temperature correction function, screen lock protection function, memory function: all current settings will be saved after power off.

 

Digital Temperature Controller Thermostat Heating and Cooling Mode, Dual Relay Output Thermostat Controlled for Reptiles Aquarium Homebrew Seedlings Greehouse Germination Fermentation 10A 1250W – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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