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NEW PRODUCT - Temperature Controllers!

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Introducing the Inkbird temperature controllers! We searched far and wide for the most affordable/reliable "plug and play" temp controller (no wiring needed) and settled with Inkbird.

 

Product Features

  • Plug and play design for easy use
  • Dual relay output - able to connect with refrigeration and heating equipment at the same time
  • Supports the display of Centigrade or Fahrenheit units(-50~99 °C / -58~210 °F )
  • Maximum output load: 1100W(110V)
  • Dual display window - able to display measured temperature and set temperature at the same time
  • Temperature calibration settings for accurate readings
  • Compressor delay protection for refrigeration control
  • High and low temperature alarms
  • Over-temperature and sensor fault alarm

Additional Specs

  • Temperature Control Range : -50~99 °C / -58~210 ° F
  • Temperature Resolution: 0.1 ° C / 0.1° F
  • Temperature Accuracy: ±1°C (-50 ~ 70°C) / ±1°F (-50 ~ 160° F)
  • Temperature Control Mode :On/Off Control, Heating and Cooling
  • Input Power: 100 ~240VAC, 50Hz/60Hz
  • Temperature Control Output: Max. 10A, 100V ~240V AC
  • Buzzer Alarm: High and Low Temperature Alarm
  • Sensor Type: NTC sensor (Including)
  • Sensor Length: 6.56ft
  • Input Power Cable Length: 5ft
  • Output Power Cable Length: 1ft
  • Dimension Body: 5.5x2.7x1.3inch

 

 

Get yours HERE!

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I have to say that the Inkbird is a great temperature controller. I use it mainly for controlling the temperature of a small dorm room fridge I use as a cheese cave but you can use it to keep the temperature of your fermenter at a reasonable level in the summer or,  if your basement gets too cold to allow the yeast to ferment in the winter, to control a heater. Never tried it to control the temperature of a slow cooker but I would think that you could use it to transform your crockpot into a sous vide. Unlike some controllers this one is truly "plug and play".  

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Bought mine a few months ago from another vendor. Absolutely no complaints from me. I use mine on a dorm room size mini-fridge to control fermentation and lagering temperatures. I place the temperature probe against the flat end of my LBK's and tape a sponge over it to assure it is reading liquid temperatures and not the ambient air temps.

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I am in week 2 of fermentation of Churchill Brown Nut Ale. I have the Inkbird set up to turn on the refrigerator when the beer temperature reaches 68 degrees. When the beer drops to 65 degrees, the Inkbird will turn off the power. I don't need to open the door. I don't need to worry about ice packs. I don't need to worry about the thermostat on the mini-fridge. Best investment I've made so far.

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I set all mine to 64.  I have my controller set to come on 1/2 degree centigrade on either side of that (which is 17.8 C).  So mine goes from 63.14 (turn off) to 64.94 (turn on).  A little tighter, and lower.  

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On Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 1:52 PM, RickBeer said:

I set all mine to 64.  I have my controller set to come on 1/2 degree centigrade on either side of that (which is 17.8 C).  So mine goes from 63.14 (turn off) to 64.94 (turn on).  A little tighter, and lower.  

My first time trying this recipe. Trying to stay slightly on the cooler side of the recipe while not straying too far. I will keep your comment in mind when I evaluate this one.

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my temp controller is a dual too, but it cannot cool and heat simultaneously,  so I like this model

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Hey everyone, just wanted to let you all know that these are (finally) back in stock, in case anyone had their eye on it. Your whole order still ships free when you order this (UPS Flat Rate Ground, so within the lower 48 and not PO boxes)

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On ‎1‎/‎15‎/‎2017 at 1:04 PM, D Kristof said:

I am in week 2 of fermentation of Churchill Brown Nut Ale. I have the Inkbird set up to turn on the refrigerator when the beer temperature reaches 68 degrees. When the beer drops to 65 degrees, the Inkbird will turn off the power. I don't need to open the door. I don't need to worry about ice packs. I don't need to worry about the thermostat on the mini-fridge. Best investment I've made so far.

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@D Kristof and @RickBeer I have a dorm style fridge being delivered tomorrow, Monday, and got the Inkbird in on Sat.

Did you set your fridge thermostat for maximum cooling and then let the Inkbird control it from there?

I'm thinking of setting my temp for 64 or 65 with a 1 deg temp differential and I guess leaving the compressor protection at the 3min. default?

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Yes, set it on max cooling.

Set compressor on 10 minutes for safety.

 

Make sure to isolate the temp probe by putting the tip against the liquid area, covered by a folded rag/paper towel, then taped in place.

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2 minutes ago, RickBeer said:

Yes, set it on max cooling.

Set compressor on 10 minutes for safety.

 

Make sure to isolate the temp probe by putting the tip against the liquid area, covered by a folded rag/paper towel, then taped in place.

Thanks, and good to know about increasing the compressor time!

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I use a sponge to insulate my probe against the side of my LBK's, otherwise, ditto.

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6 hours ago, D Kristof said:

I use a sponge to insulate my probe against the side of my LBK's, otherwise, ditto.

Thanks, yes have been insulating my probe on the back of my LBK  in my cooler as well to read the wort temp. Although the coolers have worked very well for temp control, I'm really looking forward to the convenience of the fridge set-up.

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just bought one. gonna see how it works out.

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20 minutes ago, Jdub said:

just bought one. gonna see how it works out.

Congrat's!  My only regret about getting one is that I waited so long.  😊

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11 minutes ago, Shrike said:

Congrat's!  My only regret about getting one is that I waited so long.  😊

i mean really ales are no problem whatsoever in my cooler, like 1 water bottle change out per day. However, lagers....it would be nice to set temp at 55 and walk away.

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That inkbird is a nifty little unit.

While keeping up with changing ice bottles wasn't a huge chore, it is really nice to be able to dial in a temp and come back in 3 weeks.

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29 minutes ago, Cato said:

That inkbird is a nifty little unit.

While keeping up with changing ice bottles wasn't a huge chore, it is really nice to be able to dial in a temp and come back in 3 weeks.

Yep.  And it's nice to be able to go out of town for a few days or a week or so and still be able to have a brew going.  I used to have to delay brewing for an upcoming vacation.  Stupid vacation, wreaking havoc with my pipeline!  Then the Inkbird came to save the day.  😃

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my ale solution for vacation time is that omega hothead yeast that @Cato turned me on to. Did that in June when out of town for a week for my Santa Rita batch. Good call. Love the flavor that it has.

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just set up my inkbird for the 1st time. doing an octoberfest lager. used the settings the rickbeer posted a while back. compressor setting at 10 min, and the temp differential at 2 deg F. what a cool device!

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4 hours ago, Jdub said:

just set up my inkbird for the 1st time. doing an octoberfest lager. used the settings the rickbeer posted a while back. compressor setting at 10 min, and the temp differential at 2 deg F. what a cool device!

You'll really like that controller. Pretty much set it and forget it.

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17 minutes ago, Cato said:

You'll really like that controller. Pretty much set it and forget it.

im pretty excited about it. i know it's old tech, but it's new to me. i have a pretty detailed lagering temp schedule, so it should be easy to adjust.

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We had a power outage for about an hour today in our neighborhood for whatever reason. Does it make me a bad person that my 1st thought was will i have to reset my inkbird controller?

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44 minutes ago, Jdub said:

We had a power outage for about an hour today in our neighborhood for whatever reason. Does it make me a bad person that my 1st thought was will i have to reset my inkbird controller?

Lol, my first thought would be my beer in the fermenter! I mean that's like some basic survival instinct.

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1 hour ago, Cato said:

Lol, my first thought would be my beer in the fermenter! I mean that's like some basic survival instinct.

i mean, like no kidding....forget the milk, meat, eggs and stuff in the kitchen fridge. I'm not quite two weeks deep into lagering an octoberfest people!

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Is it bad that I've got my fermentation fridge and temperature control on an uninterruptible power supply? ☺️

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6 hours ago, scouterbill said:

Is it bad that I've got my fermentation fridge and temperature control on an uninterruptible power supply? ☺️

My first reaction was to laugh. My second was, "Sumbitch! That's brilliant!"

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1 hour ago, D Kristof said:

My first reaction was to laugh. My second was, "Sumbitch! That's brilliant!"

 

Priorities! 😉

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On 10/4/2018 at 7:58 PM, Jdub said:

We had a power outage for about an hour today in our neighborhood for whatever reason. Does it make me a bad person that my 1st thought was will i have to reset my inkbird controller?

Not a bad thought at all.  That just means you are a brewer and during any crisis you will take care of your human family first then you will without a doubt take care or your one celled family.  Those yeast are our children too and they deserve to be high on our priority list in a crisis situation.😂

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