lagering your beer! Control of both heating AND cooling are
possible with this unit. Controls temperature from -30 deg F to 220
deg F. The sensor has an 8 ft long temperature probe cord that is
supplied with the unit. Has a digital readout for setting and
monitoring temperatures. Click on "Large Image" for wiring
instructions and diagram.
AND here is a
link to a UTube video on how to go about it:
From Rich of Suva, Unknown on 6/26/2012.
Just picked this up. I move around the globe for work places as distant as Sudan and now Fiji. I've always had problems with fermenting/lagering (especially in Sudan and Fiji where it's always bloody well hot).This did the trick! Picked up an old . . .
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
6/10/2008 – My ranco is hooked up to small frige. I do not know whether to choose heating or cooling during setup, so which one do I choose?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Use the cooling setting.
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdaysand 10am-3pm on Sundays
7/25/2006 – Id like to put the beer into a keg instead of bottles, but was wondering if i could do this WITHOUT force carbonating with a CO2 tank. Can the beer naturally carbonate in the keg?what would i have to add for this, more yeast or sugar?Would this effect the "shelf life" of the keg?thanks for the help! AWESOME WEBSITE!!!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do that. Use about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of corn sugar to carbonate in the keg. You will still need the CO2 to "push" the beer from the keg, however. The beer is drawn from the bottom of the keg up to the spigot. It needs a little "push" to get it there.No, there is no affect on shelf life.Thanks for the kind words about our . . .
8/3/2005 – I understand the Ranco ETC controller will turn the power back on to your refrigerator once the temperature reaches the set number; however, how far below this setting will the power remain on, i.e. what is the temperature variance?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The variance (called "swing temperature") is also progammable with this unit. You tell it how much variance you want to maintain, for instance +/- 3 deg F.
4/9/2005 – Will a cornelius keg fit into any half height refrigerator? Or better yet, if I were looking for a new refrigerator but didn't want to buy a full size or a expensive kegerator, what are my options?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are so many different 'fridges that it is best to measure (twice) and drink once. For reference, the new cornelius keg itself measures about 22" high, and 9" in diameter. Many half-height 'fridges have a freezer section in the top that interferes with the keg, but some do not. Measure, measure. Certainly a full size 'fridge will . . .
4/2/2005 – Am I correct to believe that the input voltage of the Ranco ETC is 120 - 240 volt?I'm trying to start a home-brew revolution in Singapore and I want the best equipment. The only thing I can find here to hold (2) Corny's is a freezer so I will need an ETC. Please Help!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it can be wired for either voltage. Instructions are provided for both.
3/15/2005 – I would like to filter hops, fruit etc. while I siphon into my fermenter. Would any of your screens work well when attached to a siphon hose? Do you have any other suggestions outside of a tapped kettle connected to a bazooka screen?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The real problem will be getting the stuff thru your siphon hose. If you are willing to pour the wort:In our Brewing Accessories category we have a variety of straining bags that might well serve this purpose.There are also funnels with straining screens that can be used.
2/2/2005 – Do you still carry the Electronic Temperature Controllers? I use it to maintain lagering temperatures in a refrigerator in our garage. I now need another to control the temperature in a newly acquired chest freezer. I believe the one I have I purchased from you. I need another and can't locate it on your web site. Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You bet. Below is a link to it
2/1/2005 – Where can I buy the hops to brew the beer? I live in Plainview, Texas....would love to brew my own. But, I need the ingredients to brew it. will buy your equipment, so....where can I buy the goodies to brew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here! We have a large selection of hops, yeasts, grains and everything you need in the way of ingredients. Here is a link:A good way to get started is to choose one of our ingredient (recipe) kits. They get you started the right way!
12/20/2004 – If you are kegging after the secondary fermentation and allowing the beer to condition or age does the keg need to be in the fridge or is it alright to store it in a cool dark place until you are ready to tap it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, it does not need to be refrigerated. Storing can be done most in any cool spot. No need for darkness...light won't penetrate that keg!Assuming you like COLD beer, you'll need to refrigerate before drink/tapping it tho!
10/9/2004 – What is the best method to fill bottles from a keg system? How do you reduce the foam and ensure that the beer does not go flat??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The BEST way to fill bottles from a cornelius keg system is using a counterpressure bottle filler. It purges and fills your bottles in an all CO2 enviroment, and fills them from the bottom to minimize foaming. See below for a link to this item:If you don't have a counterpressure filler, you can attach a piece of 3/8" ID tubing (about 10" . . .
10/9/2004 – I LOVE reading all the questions and answers! Now I have one. I am going to be purchasing a kegging system as a gift. Here is what I know I want (I think): I want to have a keg inside of a converted fridge (don't have the fridge yet) and need to know what I would need to set this up, from the keg (corney?) to the fitted tap out the door... . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear our site is useful!To start, you would order a Complete Kegging System. When you click on "Options" it will allow you to select either a single keg setup or a double. To set it up for a 'fridge, all you need to do is add a Refridgerator Tap (or two). All of this assumes you have a standard size 'fridge. Most of them . . .
9/26/2004 – On your keg systems, are the kegs reconditoned? Have all the o-rings been replaced or do I have to do that. I like your site. You are the only one I have seen that has the multiple systems for sale. A friend of mine has been kegging for a few yrs now. He has a double regulater on his so he can run different pressures on the tanks. Is this . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, the kegs are not reconditioned, but we supply the o-ring kits to do that if you want. It's very easy, and the kegs are in good condition anyway. I see no need for two regulators either, as long as the kegs are about the same distance to the tap.Yes, you can carbonate two kegs to 25 psi at the same time. No problem.Yes, you . . .
9/23/2004 – I own a standard 15.5 CO2 keg system and would like to use the CO2 tank and regulator with a cornelius tank. Would my the hoses be consistent with the fittings on cornelius keg with Quick Disconnect fittings?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably. Most systems use a 1/4" ID line, and that will work fine with cornelius kegs. It's possible that you have a different size, but unlikely.
9/22/2004 – How do you make a brew in a canister? have you got a step to step instruction manual. Iam talking about the homebrew keg refridgerator. i have only brewed with the kits where you bottle it.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The beer is made in exactly the same way, except instead of bottling, you siphon it into a keg. You don't need to add priming sugar, just turn up the CO2 pressure until the beer "absorbs" the CO2 to make carbonation. Yes, there is an instruction book that comes with the kegging kit.
9/14/2004 – I am wanting to set up a system that will allow me to have both a commercially bought keg (like bud light) and my homebrew in it. So far I have bought a chest freezer (14.8 cu ft). I have a couple questions about the rest of the system..one - do I need a CO2 regulator that will send two different pressures to my two kegs since they will . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) No. One regulator will do the trick. You can "branch off" the CO2 line as needed, to the different kegs. A CO2 gas manifold with shutoffs is a nice way to go for this.2) Yes. we have it all. We have helped people set up this kind of system many times. The one issue that comes up often, however, is the connection to the commercial keg. . . .
8/31/2004 – I have a kegerator that has a CO2 tank to carbonate the beer. I plan to use 5 gallon soda kegs for the final fermetation and serving of the beer. Do I need to add the sugar at the end, or will the CO2 carbonate the beer for me?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can do it either way. Personally, I like to force carbonate it with CO2. This avoids re-carbonation in the keg, and eliminates sediment from that recarbonation. It also makes my beer carbonated in a DAY, instead of waiting 7-10 days for the carbonation to develop (using the corn sugar method). More beer sooner!
7/23/2004 – What is the model number for the Ranco ETC. Just wanted to know exactly which one it is since they have different models. Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is model #111000-000You're welcome.
4/17/2004 – Hi. I want to start kegging my beer, but I dont have any refrigerator to convert, whats your recommendation, to get a regular refrigerator or to get a kegerator that is ready for kegs? are there any kegerators out there that you would recommend?thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To me, it's a matter of cost. There are kegerators out there, but they run about $800 plus shipping (which is high). You can often find an old refrigerator or freezer for under $100. If you just put it into a garage, appearance isn't an issue. Converting one of these is easy, and runs much less. We have everything you need to do it.
3/24/2004 – I live in Jacksonville Florida and considering making my own wine. My question is trying to keep my wine at the right tempature during the aging process. The summers here get pretty hot and limited for space inside the house. My garage is avaible but that is where my concern for tempature control comes in.Any tricks you have heard of that . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The used refridgerator idea is probably the best. We have a device, called a Ranco Refridgerator Controller, that will overide the 'fridge thermostat so that you can set any temperature that you like. Link below
3/24/2004 – Lager/pilsner type beer is my favorite kind of beer. And would be the kind of beer I would like to make. But I read that it must ferment in a relative low temperture. Is there any kind of refrigerator device I could find that would allow me to brew lager beer year round? I know it can ferment at higher tempertures, but I really want to make . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You bet. It's the Ranco Refridgerator Controller, that basically "overrides" the controller on a spare refridgerator or freezer.
3/18/2004 – I was wanting to know if you could give me any advice on choosing between a ball lock and a pin lock keg. I have read that on ball lock kegs it is easey to mix up the gas and beer fittings and that they can be easily put on the wrong side and that you may never get them back off. Is this true or are they marked somehow. Also if I decide . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, the fittings are marked "in" and "out" on ball lock kegs. It is possible to put the wrong fittings on, but I've never heard of them getting stuck. Interchangability may be more of an issue...the ball lock style is much more common. We have LOTS on hand, but as far as I know, we only have one pin-lock style.Yes, we carry the CO2 injectors . . .
3/18/2004 – Can you give me more infromation on how the fridge controller temp thing is installed. The desciption states you plug it into an outlet then plug the fridge into it. Are you pluging the fridge electrical cord into this or the temp control harness. If pluging the electrical cord into it how does it work?Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The controller works by overriding the existing (refrigerator) controller. If you set it at say, 40 degrees (+/- 2 deg_, your refrigerator only kicks in when the temp rises above 40. A temperature probe controls the thing.An electrical cord is installed into the controller (one male and one female connector). The male goes into the wall . . .
2/25/2004 – hi! just wondering if alcohol production, conditioning, or fullness of a beer would suffer as a result of kegging opposed to bottling. Just want to brew each beer to full potential!! THANX
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely not. In fact, kegging has many advantages over bottling. Less oxygen is introduced, dry hopping in the keg is a great way to do it, and many others.The factors you bring up (fullness, alcohol production etc) are determined by the recipe formulation and brewing process/techniques. Kegged beer will condition exactly the same as . . .
2/24/2004 – Once a Corny keg is carbonated can it be taken off and stored without being conected to the CO2? Is there a time limit, is temp a factor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it can be stored off the CO2. Just like kegged commercial beer. Kegged beer can last a LONG time...maybe a year or more if temperatures are moderate. It never NEEDS to last longer than that at MY house!I would try not to store it at temperatures over about 90 deg. F, but otherwise it is quite stable.Remember, that long ago the . . .
2/18/2004 – I am interested in getting the the complete Draft Kegging System for my husband's birthday. However, we do not need the keg but I would like to get whatever else necessary to complete the "Kegerator" setup he has been wanting. What do I need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends...We can send you the Complete Kegging System without the keg if that is what you want; no problem. We deduct the cost of the keg.If you are looking for a "kegerator" setup with a tap on the OUTside of your 'fridge, we can do that too by substituting a few items.It would probably be best to give us a call for either . . .
2/17/2004 – Does controlling the temp this way (rather than with the refrigerator's own thermostat) result in any significant increase in wear and tear on the compressor, etc.?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not that we are aware of. Typcially, this unit is used of freezers, rather than refrigerators, to allow warmer temperatures than what are standard in freezers. Used in this way, it causes LESS cycling of the compressor etc.
2/15/2004 – Once the kegs are filled, do they need to be kept cold? If not, what is the "shelf life" of a keg of beer if kept at room temperature? Can room temp. beer be run thru a copper coil bathed in ice, in a cooler for example, to make a portable system that does not require you to keep multiple kegs cold?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No; as long as the beer is kept free of oxygen, it will store just fine at room temperature.Yes, the beer can be run thru a coil arrangment like you descibe. It is called a draft box, usually a stainless coil inside of a portable picnic cooler. You can mount a refrigerator tap(s) on the front, and just fill with ice when you want to dispense. . . .
2/5/2004 – I'm brewing my first batch of homebrew and have the Shamrock Stout in my primary fermentor. I have a keg fridge with a CO2 bottle that I'm going to use instead of bottles. Do I need to prime at all for carbonation, and if not will it affect the taste of the beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, you can "force carbonate" your beer by putting it into the keg, refrigerating it, and turning up the pressure to about 25-30 psi. Let it sit overnight, shake it a bit, and the CO2 will go into solution. Just be sure to turn the pressure down to perhaps 6-8 psi (and relieve the pressure on the keg) before dispensing your beer. There is . . .
1/24/2004 – I am thinking about starting to homebrew. I have a kegerator that will fit two cornelius kegs. I am wanting to get a kit, and then keg the beer instead of bottling. Is there a kit specifically for this? as I would not require any bottling equipment?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can do it!--altho there isn't anything specifically set up on the website (yet).For now, you can just order the full equipment kit, and when you check out, just make a comment that you don't need the bottling stuff (capper, caps)and that you would like a credit for it. That will work. OR..........just call us to place the order (800) . . .
1/1/2004 – What is a "Cornelius keg"? Does it have a ball tap like I am used to, and will fit my present system? Does it have an opening for internal cleaning and how big. I realize that these questions are basic, so thank you for your patience.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A cornelius keg is a stainless steel keg that was commonly used to
dispense soda pop, but they work beautifully for homebrew beer. It
has an oval opening in the top (sealed by an o-ring) that allows
easy cleaning. Here is a picture of an individual cornelius keg:
has . . .
11/30/2003 – I have a 4 keg system that I purchased from you. (System works great! thank you) How do you plumb the counter pressure bottle filler into that system and what additional fittings, tubing or equipment is needed? Also is it possible to retro-fit to fill bottles other than 12 oz type ie wide mouth growlers, could the upper stopper be removed . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear your like our kegging system!You can easily install the counter pressure bottle filler by unscrewing the gas-in connector and then pushing the tubing onto the CP filler. For the beer side, just do the same from your beer line. Nothing else is really needed. I suppose, if you wanted to get real fancy, and have the CP filler always . . .
11/16/2003 – Right now I bottle my beer after primary then seconday fermantation. I understand with a keg I do not have to add bottling sugar to carbonate but in some of the other responses you say that kegs can be carbonated overnight. My question is what about the clearing that takes place in the bottles? When does this happen when you keg? If the sediment . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: First off, you might want to revise your brewing procedures. Your beer should be clear by the time you bottle it. It shouldn't have to "clear" in the bottle. Whether you bottle or keg your beer, you should leave as much sediment behind as possible. Whether this takes 2 days or 10 weeks is not important. The bottling process itself will . . .
10/1/2003 – Do you need just one CO2 tank and one regulater for multiple kegs? How does that work? If you order the "triple" complete draft kegging system are all the necessary parts included to carbonate the 3 kegs at the same time?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you only need one CO2 tank and one regulator for multiple kegs. The CO2 line is cut, and a "T" fitting is put in, allowing more kegs to be connected simultaneously. If you order the Triple, all necessary parts are included to carbonate 3 kegs at the same time. Correct!
7/14/2003 – If i plug in a freezer to the Ranco would i be able to control the temp. of the freezer? I live in Southern California and need to find some sort of device that will allow me to brew beer and wine at 70F. I've been thinking about filling a big bucket with water and dropping a frozen bottle of water in it every day, but i would much rather . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that is how most people use the Ranco Controller. It will cause the freezer to "cycle" only when it rises ABOVE 70 deg F (or whatever temp you choose). It will then shut off the freezer when it cools to say, 67 deg F (again, whatever you choose).MUCH easier and more consistant than feeding it ice.
6/12/2003 – what are the amps and watts rating for this unit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: At 120volts, it is full load contact rated at 16 amps, and with NC contact, 5.8 amps. Capable of operating a 1 horsepower motor. It is typically used for commercial heating, refrigeration, air conditioning systems.
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