Reddit Reddit reviews Inkbird ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outletsmoker Thermostat, 2-Stage, 1100W, with Sensor Reptile Beer Brewing Kegs Fridge Cured Meat Breeding

We found 121 Reddit comments about Inkbird ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outletsmoker Thermostat, 2-Stage, 1100W, with Sensor Reptile Beer Brewing Kegs Fridge Cured Meat Breeding. Here are the top ones, ranked by their Reddit score.

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Inkbird ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outletsmoker Thermostat, 2-Stage, 1100W, with Sensor Reptile Beer Brewing Kegs Fridge Cured Meat Breeding
Plug and play design, easy to use;Dual relay output, be able to connect with refrigeration and heating equipment at the same timeSupport reading with Centigrade or Fahrenheit unitMaximum output load: 1100W(110V)Dual display window, be able to display measured temperature and set temperature at the same time
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121 Reddit comments about Inkbird ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outletsmoker Thermostat, 2-Stage, 1100W, with Sensor Reptile Beer Brewing Kegs Fridge Cured Meat Breeding:

u/dcabines · 9 pointsr/Homebrewing

I have one of those mini fridges, but I haven't messed with the built in temp controller and I wouldn't want to. Instead, I plug the fridge into an Inkbird temp controller. Then I drilled a hole in one of the screw holes for the door and passed the temp probe through that and into the fermenter's thermowell. I have the inkbird set to 68 and the fridge is set to 50. When the fridge turns on again it is still at 50 for me.

u/pilotcam · 8 pointsr/Homebrewing

An ITC-308 is probably going to be the easiest bet.

That freezer is rated at 1.4 amps at 115 volts. That is 161 Watts if it was a purely resistive load (it isn't; but it gives us a maximum to work with). The ITC-308 is rated for 1000 watts, so we are only at 16% rated capacity... That's a huge safety margin.

This controller also has compressor delay protection, so it's a wise choice in this application. Best of all, it's plug and play!

u/Inkbird-Lea · 8 pointsr/microgrowery

ITC-308 has heating and cooling function, and can be maintained a certain temp range by setting difference values.

US 15% coupon code: CAVDY4S6
ITC-308 With heating and cooling plug

CA 15% coupon code: ZCSTHQJM for ITC-308

u/seamus333 · 7 pointsr/Charcuterie

Temp Controller

Humidity Controller



Small Fan (on a timer, runs for 30 minutes every 2 hours or so)


I got an old fridge on Craigslist for $25 that I thought was a small personal fridge but turned out to be about 6 cubic feet (perfect for hanging). I’m not sure of the brand actually (maybe Kenmore). So far I’ve done a Bresaola and a Copa, both have turned out great!

u/crashaddict · 6 pointsr/Cooking

you can also get one on amazon for about the same price. It works very well

u/Lazyg85 · 6 pointsr/Homebrewing

I just got this one off amazon and so far so good. Really easy to install and setup

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

u/houndazs · 6 pointsr/Homebrewing

Get him a CO2 Keg system. Find a cheap garage fridge or deep freezer on craigslist for $30-$50, and buy this . Instant, easy, keg setup.

u/romario77 · 5 pointsr/Homebrewing

I keep posting this in the keezer builds for people who are about to build, here is the list of what I did with costs and where I bought things:

Here, while not basic, but a list that might help. This is a 4 keg setup. Some items are not exactly needed, for example hose clamps, MFL push to connect (you could just get barb ones), but helpful for disconnecting/cleaning. You can save a lot on faucets - my 4 costed me $280 total all in. You could also get a cheaper freezer.

I got a regulator with 2 possible pressures so I can have carbonation pressure plus serving pressure at the same time - also not a requirement.

Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat 2-stage 1100w w/ Sensor|$35 |1|35|
Intertap Self Closing Faucet Spring|$1.99 |4|7.96|
Intertap Stainless Steel Faucet Shank|$32.99 |4|131.96|
Duda Energy HPpvc025-100ft 100' x 1/4"" ID High Pressure Braided Clear Flexible PVC Tubing|$28.50 |1|28.5|
Brewer's Edge UX-CAOO-IQIT Keg Lube 1 oz.|$5.98 |1|5.98|
Hilitchi 60 Piece Adjustable 8-38mm Range Stainless Steel Worm Gear Hose Clamps Assortment Kit|$12.99 |1|12.99|
Taprite T752HP Two Product Dual Pressure Kegerator CO2 Regulator|$89 |1|89|
KegWorks Beer Tap Faucet Handle Black|$4.30 |4|17.2|
Intertap Forward Sealing Beer Faucet (Stainless Steel)|$31.54 |4|126.16|
4 Way Co2 Manifold|$42.99 |1|42.99|
Accuflex Bev-Seal Ultra (3/16) 50'|$15.99 |1|15.99|
Pin Lock Disconnect- 1/4 MFL Gas Side|$5.99 |4|23.96|
Pin Lock Disconnect- 1/4 MFL Liquid Side|$5.99 |4|23.96|
1/4" MFL Push To Connect|$3.79 |4|15.16|
5/16 x 5/8 BSPP (Shank Connector) Push To Connect|$5.99 |4|23.96|
Igloo 7.1 cu ft Chest Freezer Black|$219.99 |1|219.99|
Set of Four 5 Gallon Pin Lock Kegs Used|$28.90 |4|115.6|

20 CO2 tank|$60|1|60|craigslist

2 in. x 8 in. x 10 ft. #2 and Better Prime Douglas Fir Board|$9.86|1|9.86|
ZMAX 7 in. 16-Gauge Galvanized Reinforcing L-Angle|$3.27|4|13.08|

You would also need a wrench if you don't have one yet to unscrew the posts on the keg.

u/jaimacho · 5 pointsr/Cooking

If you're going to use it fairly infrequently, they make temp controllers that attach to a crock pot and if you get a cheap fish aquarium bubbler, you have your own DIY version. We used this one for almost a year before upgrading to an Anova:

u/mckeowbc · 4 pointsr/Homebrewing

I've been very happy with the ITC-308. One perk over the ITC-1000 is there's no need to wire it into the keezer, or mount it. If I ever want to convert my keezer back over to freezer use all I have to do is remove the collar.

u/johnand87 · 4 pointsr/Homebrewing

I have this one and it's a lot less than $100 and works great. Plus no additional wiring is required, just plug it in and you're good.

u/mjordanphoto · 4 pointsr/Homebrewing

I don't see why that wouldn't work, but if you don't want to rewire things, consider the Inkbird ITC-308. Plug and play, much cheaper than other options (Homebrewfinds sometimes has shared coupon codes to get the cost below $35). I just picked one up for my keezer build.

u/calgarytab · 4 pointsr/Homebrewing

Not sure about shipping with Canada Post lately (maybe don't buy date sensitive products if shipping with Canada Post) but here's a short breakdown for Canada deals: Lots of stuff on sale (free shipping over $100) 20% off equipment (free shipping over $75) 20% off equipment with coupon code: HAPPYMONDAY 10% off $100 or 15% off $250 20% off Coupon Code: Everwood Lots of stuff on sale Apply $10 Coupon No specific BF sale but everyday low prices and didn't want to leave them out of the party Same with Topps, always good pricing Worth noting $99 (USD?) fun tool with free shipping worldwide

Don't forget to support your local Homebrew shop as well!

u/tsulahmi2 · 4 pointsr/Homebrewing

Are you dead set on a fridge or do you have any interest in going with a chest freezer?

EDIT: With either setup you'll need a temp controller. I'd recommend an Inkbird

u/tbfromny · 4 pointsr/Charcuterie

The one you're linking to is a heating controller, to be used with a heating element to keep temperature up.

Here's one that does both heating and cooling. I don't have personal experience with it, but this would be more like what you'd want to convert a fridge into a curing chamber.

u/VenusAndSaturn · 3 pointsr/reptiles

I'm guessing the substrate is eco earth (thats what it appears to be), which is good... water bowl size is good although takes up quite a bit of the enclosure. The hide appears to be mostly enclosed so thats good... however theres only one hide so you'll need another one for a cool hide if you use that as a warm hide. Basically you want at least two hides, warm hide and a cool hide... and if you can fit a third one in then that would be your humid hide. I'd also recommend getting more foliage so the snake feels safer. I'd get the heat lamps out of there and get a large heat mat to go underneath the warm hide and then a thermostat to control the temperature. This is the thermostat I use, it seems to work very well.

And then this is the heat mat I use for two of my animals, and both seem to work so far.

You'll also want to get new temperature and humidity gauges, stick on ones don't work. This is the one I use, works great so far.

And then if you want you can also get a temp gun, which tells you the surface temperature. I like using it a lot, and sometimes rely more on it than my temperature gauges.

As far as humidity and temperatures go, the hot spot should be about 90-95, cool side around 70-80 or so, I would make sure temps dont drop below 70. And humidity about 50%, you can boost it up to 70% during sheds but I wouldn't go over that.

If temps aren't getting where they need to be you can use a low wattage CHE, also known as a ceramic heat emitter to heat the tank as additional heat (You'll still need a heat mat).

In all honesty if you could get more substrate (bedding) you could put even more hides in. In my BP's 20 gallon she has a total of 5 hides as her substrate is filled half way so I can put hides underneath the substrate and then put cork bark to keep the substrate raised. She has probably about two humid hides, one underneath the water bowl, one on the opposite side which is a standard hide, and then underneath that in the substrate she has a warm hide which is connected to a "tunnel" system of cork bark.

u/Darthtagnan · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

'Best' is a relative term, but one similar to the defunct BlackBox controllers you mentioned is the OhmBrew Fermostat.

Otherwise if you're a budget brewer like me, then perhaps the Inkbird ITC-308 is an option, but keep in mind that I've heard rumors that the wiring isn't technically up to US code, if that's a concern for you.

u/Lebrewski · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

I have one of these and taped it to the lid with some electical tape. I have it hooked up to one of these dual temp regulators and it works great.

EDIT: Sorry, actually I have the 50w version - here's the link to that length

u/daedalusesq · 3 pointsr/energy

I know many appliances are starting to integrate tools that allow them to run based on time of day pricing, but that will take forever.

In homebreweing, we use temperature controllers like this: Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, 2-stage, 1100w, w/ Sensor

It allows us to bypass the fridges regular on/off mechanisms to maintain specific temperatures. By setting your fridge and freezer to the coldest settings and plugging it into one of these you would just need a mechanism that looks at your LMP to decide if you are in appropriate price parameters.

I imagine people will start developing internet/app enabled "smart" plugs that go between appliances and the wall to allow them to take advantage of price signals. Naturally, this is all dependent on a shift in retail markets toward real-time pricing. The consumer is heavily insulated from pice volatility currently.

u/dachhack · 3 pointsr/atlbeer

What's the temp inside the unit? You could probably just keep it at a low setting or hook up a [temp controller] ( to get to 50ish. Might cut down on the cycles.

u/muzakx · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

I just put mine together this weekend.

  • I picked up this 7.1 cu ft chest freezer that is on sale at Lowe's. Combined it with a 10% coupon I found on eBay for $1.

  • Plugged it into the cooling outlet of an Inkbird ITC-308

  • Threw in this dehumidifier

  • Then laid down and taped a reptile terrarium heating cable. And plugged it into the Heating outlet of the Inkbird controller. There are other options for heating, but I found this locally at a really good price.

    Around $220 for everything, but you can fit two 6 gallon carboys and two 3 gallon carboys or a few 1 gallon jugs on the hump.
u/brilliantjoe · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

I just bought an Inkbird Controller
for my build, and it's been working wonderfully so far.

u/Jonstrocity · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

the side by sides do take a lot of room. If I would find a used (but in great condition) freezer chest. You can pick one up for between $50 to $150 depending on size etc. Build a simple wooden collar. There are lots of tutorials on here and Its not too hard to build the square just take your time and make sure all your measurements are right. Use this as your temp controller ( plug and play. no wiring needed. if you went this route you could probably do it for less than half the cost of what you posted.

If you really don't think you are capable of putting one together, then you need to look at that cost difference to see if its really worth it.

Also, shop around a bit. although its convenient to place one big order through one shop, it can often be more expensive.

I am no expert and still very much a newbie, so any veterans can chime in and correct me.

u/BusinessCasualty · 3 pointsr/ottawa use one of these guys to save yourself the trouble of wiring an STC.

u/somedudegeekman · 3 pointsr/mead


Get a cheap freezer off of ebay/craigslist, then get one of these and set your temperature:

When it gets too cold, power to the unit gets killed...when it warms back up, you get the idea.

u/PizzaParrot · 2 pointsr/electrical

Ahh! Thanks. Based on all of that I should be safe with something like... ?

u/mbp231 · 2 pointsr/Charlotte

Here's the hardware I ended up with for a simple continuous brew setup. For me, two gallons is a lot for a batch brew mostly just handling the vessel. Good luck! You're mostly limited by your imagination here.

Beverage dispenser Target is supposed to carry it also, but I never found one in the store.

Stainless spigot

Rubber bands


Temp controller outlet

Adhesive thermometer

u/HaggarShoes · 2 pointsr/fermentation

What's the unit of measurement for your dimensions?

If you want to go super cheap, I imagine you could could get a temperature regulator (two outlets and 1 temp probe); you could run a dedicated fan next to a space heater to keep the temperature moving around the space, while the probe sits somewhere in the middle of the room. You can set a temp range where on the low it would pop on the heater, and when it hits the top temperature it shuts off (and you could attach another fan in another part of the room/wall of the incubator to the other outlet which would switch on once it hits the top of the temp spectrum you hit to promote ventiliation and more quickly cool it down).

The space heater I suppose would be overkill for a 2 foot container, but if it's 6 feet (meters) it would be a lot. You could even scrap the extra fan by getting a heater that oscillates with a fan and then use the second outlet, again, to promote ventilation.

Not sure how ideal this would be for super consistent temperatures, but temp regulators are pretty darn cheap. is what I used with a medium sized styrofoam cooler and a 60W bulb. It worked quite well.

u/BrewsterC · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

More of an electrical engineering question, but I feel like you guys would provide me with a better answer.

After doing a lot of research the past week, I found many guides on how to assemble a Freezer-Chest-Fermenter. I am using this temperature controller, and I just want to make sure I set it up correctly.

From what I can understand (PLEASE CORRECT ME IF IM WRONG), this tool lets me set a temperature and a range, and will heat or cool if necessary to reach that destination temperature.

If that's the case, what my plan is, is to plug the Chest Freezer into the "Cooling" out, and a small space heater into the "Heating" outlet.

So my two questions... Is my idea on how this works correct? And would my plan work? Or should I get something other than a space heater?

u/dafuckisit · 2 pointsr/SpaceBuckets

[This guy] (

It's awesome for keeping everything the right temp, humidity I use a shitty little monitor inside which can give a better reading of what the plants feel.

u/ink-bird · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

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Hope it can help you!

u/Entheosparks · 2 pointsr/engineering


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

u/mattzm · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

If he's an extract brewer, upgrading to an all-grain setup would be fun. Mash tuns, ported brewing kettles with temperature gauges and sight glasses, a nice gas burner or an all in one BIAB setup like the Unibrau or Wort Hog (especially if you have 240V power available, though 120v options are available). The latter two hit just around $1000 themselves but are ready to go out of the box.

If he's already an all-grain brewer in either multi-vessel or BIAB (or even if he's not), does he have a kegging setup? A good size chest freezer (consult the chart here for model numbers that fit the right number of kegs), a 4 pack of kegs with connectors, a gas manifold, a CO2 cylinder, and an Inkbird temperature controller will fall neatly within the budget range and is a significant "luxury" upgrade to buy all at once.

Already got that? He's probably already got fermentation temperature control if so, but if not, it's a nice one. This option tends to be the most awkward to just buy off the shelf and the temperature controlled conical fermenter I'm seeing runs around $1800, so its a bit out of budget. Again, a fridge or freezer with temperature controller are nice. I'd advise against a conical unless you know it will fit into his fermentation chamber. They are super sweet but they require a setup built with them in mind.

Already got all that? Ok, we're into the hilarious luxury items now. A reverse osmosis water setup? A high end pH meter? A giant stainless steel sink in his brewing area with one of those nifty shower head things for easy water filling and cleaning? A barrel of some kind for ageing? Can't help you past here, I'm too poor!

u/major_lugo · 2 pointsr/Cooking

I have one of these, and it works fantastic for controlling the temp in my crock pot.

Just use an older style crockpot with a manual knob and not electronics.

And I've noticed that too, my old crockpot I bought at goodwill would let you slow cook chili. My new one will boil it, even on the warm setting. I hate it.

> "the danger zone"


u/callouspenguin · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

I feel like I'm becoming a shill for this product, but I see these questions and always feel like its worth a mention.


Heating and cooling, pre built, no fuss. I think there's a six stage version in the works, but I'm not sure.

Hope that helps!

u/probocgy · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Going to be turning a freezer into a fermentation chamber soon (I hope). This is the temp controller I'm looking at:

Do I need to rig up an old extension cord or anything or will this thing be ready to go right out of the box?

u/Gonzok · 2 pointsr/Hunting

Something like this.. Temperature Controller will allow you to turn your freezer into a refrigerator. I brew beer and that is a common way to store kegs in a chest freezer. might work well in your case

u/Kalzenith · 2 pointsr/mead

Plug your heat Mat into this

This device will only turn the heat mat on when the temperature of your mead drops below a set temperature

u/ClosetCaseGrowSpace · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

I'm in the same climate in a nearby state. I built a fully insulated 4'x8' grow chamber inside of the rear third of an 8'x12' shed that you can see here. Yes, you will need a foyer, just to be able to open the door in the bitter cold, so you are off to a good start by splitting the design into two compartments. How big is your grow foot print and how many watts? You will need substantial power available in the shed because you will need it to heat and cool as well as run lights and accessories.

Heating is pretty easy- I use a 600 watt ceramic heater controlled by an Inkbird temperature controller. If you insulate well, you can actually keep your heating costs near zero by running autos with the lights on 24/7 during cold months so that 100% of the heating comes from the light. Air conditioning is a little more difficult- I use a 5000 BTU window A/C unit.

I didn't insulate the entire shed when I build my space. That's one of my regrets. My floating vinyl laminate floor popped apart during a bitter cold spell and looks like shit- That's another regret. My 30 liter dehumidifier is a little small for the job- I wish I would have gotten a good 70 liter model. That's about it for regrets.

u/CackyMacBlacky · 2 pointsr/succulents

I use this for my aquariums, but it also works for measuring air temp. It even has an alarm in case your heating system ever starts to lose the battle against the cold air. You could also use it to control a ventilation system in the summer to keep it from getting too warm.

EDIT: The actual temp you target will probably depend on how well you get that thing sealed up and how much firepower you put into the heating system. You could create an overpowered system that can maintain room temp and then set it to exactly what you want, but you could also go for efficiency and design it to maintain just above 50F on the coldest nights. That said, you'll have lots of warning if your system won't be able to tolerate the coldest days of the year as long as you pay careful attention.

u/jesssssser · 2 pointsr/sousvide

I've not seen that one! I use an inkbird unit:

It works just fine with the Crock-Pot. I've done a few steaks, a couple 36hr+ bacon cooks, chicken and veggies.

u/dildoodlid · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Welcome to homebrewing!

For that stout you probably want to be around 67, but your beer is fine, don't worry! Higher temperatures can impart off flavors, but at the temperatures you are at, your beer should taste just fine. I use this attached to a wine fridge or chest freezer, and it works wonders for keeping your fermentation temperature consistent (plus you can make lagers).

Cold crashing improves clarity, which is not a big concern for a stout so i wouldn't worry about it for now, it is totally not necessary.

Both of those beers would be good, and there is nothing wrong with extract brewing/kits, don't let anyone tell you different! That being said, i switched to biab (all grain) and have enjoyed it more and gotten better beers.

Lastly, as you get deeper into brewing water will become more of a concern, but for now don't worry too much about it. Grocery store water has two problems. First, you don't know whats in it, though some water companies like crystal geiser post the info online. 2. If it is distilled/reverse osmosis/filtered it will not have much of any minerals which you might want in your beer. Calcium, for example, is important for great beer, though you can add gypsum salt to your water to give it the calcium content you might want.

cheers and good luck with your new hobby, its very rewarding and a lot of fun. let me know if you have any questions and ill try to share my (limited) knowledge

u/kungfujohnjon1 · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

You can find a chest freezer on Craigslist for almost nothing.
I use this tiny space heater for heat. It turns off automatically if it gets too hot, so I’m not worried about it burning down the garage, and it works really well. And everyone loves the Inkbird ITC-308. It’s cheap as all hell and has separate plugs for heating and cooling. That’s pretty much everything you need.

u/rooksjeff · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Question One: Fridge Temperature Control
There are several different units available to adjust the temperature of your fridge. The Johnson Controls A419 will control only cold (or heat if rewired), but the Inkbird ITC-308 will control both cold and heat.

I’ve used both and the Inkbird better fit my needs and is less expensive by more than half. There are other options available as well. Google something like “temperature control unit homebrewing” and you have plenty to read. As for wiring your own, I’m sure it’s possible, but I have no expertise in doing so.

Question Two: Carbonation Pressure
There are many different ways to carbonate your beer and several different gas blends available. Oxygen is not a good choice, as it will cause your beer to oxidize quickly - this common tastes like wet cardboard smells.

I only use carbon dioxide (CO2), but I do draft line consulting for a bar that uses a “beer blend” of 80% CO2 and 20% nitrogen. I can’t taste a difference and it pours the same, but that gas blend costs a little more. There may be other reasons to choose a specific blend that I am unaware of.

As for carbonating your kegs, what you described sounds like burst carbonation. Brulosophy has a great write up on different carbonation methods. I normally use the Set It And Forget It method, but will use the Burst method if I’m in a rush.

Question Three: Infusions
Not sure if you mean infusing the beer with flavors in the keg or glass or if you mean adding fruits or other flavors during fermentation.

To infuse in the keg, I use a mess bag to keep the liquid diptube from clogging. To infuse in the glass you can use a coffee press or even a Randall The Enamel Animal.

As for adding things to fermentation, fruits, hops, oak, spices, and liquor all make good additions to the right beer. Google phrases like “beer infusion recipes, “adding fruit to fermentation,” and “keg dry hopping” for more information.

Happy home brewing and good luck. Kanpai.

u/turduckenpillow · 2 pointsr/slowcooking


u/kgmoome · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing
u/snoopwire · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Where did you see the 15A? That'd be an incredibly high load for a mini fridge. I really doubt so. Probably closer to 5.

Screw the Johnson btw, check out these for half the cost and nicer:*Version*=1&*entries*=0

u/branchq · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

If you get a minifridge make sure your fermenter fits in it otherwise you might have to build a collar.

Then just plug the fridge into a temperature controller, like the one linked below and tape the temperature probe to your fermenter. Set the temperature and you're good.

u/Mitten_Punch · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

What's your ventilation in the box like? If you are constantly pulling air in/out, a programmable thermostat may be your answer. Connect it to your fans, tell it to only kick on at 76 degrees (it'll turn on at 79, and cool down to 75, then shut off--and you can set it to whatever temp and number of degrees you want). For me, that means fans on about 1/4 of the time. The off-time will let your plants create moisture for you. I'm in the same ambient RH situation, but have no issues by just keeping the exhaust off except when needed.

u/Lord_Derp_The_2nd · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

For temp control, you want something like This to control your heating/cooling, and a Carboy Wrap to heat your FV up.

If you get a thermowell you can put the temp probe down in your fermentation vessel, rather than just taping it to the side - you'll get more accurate readings. Downside is you can't set up a proper 1" blowoff hose, and counter-intuitively the first few days of fermentation (When you really need a blowoff hose) are the most critical to temp control (Based on what I've read in other threads here)... Might work well if you get a 6.5 gallon carboy, and do 5 gallon batches in it, so you've got extra head space for all the krausen. You can also use some standard size siphon hose as a blowoff, it's just more prone to clogging than 1" hose.

u/jomebrew · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I have two Inkbirds ( one on my Keezer and one on my fermentation/Beer fridge. Heat+ Cold control is really nice during winter. Digital is so much better than the old analog controllers I used to use.

u/IAmBellerophon · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I got an InkBird ITC-308 for temp control duties. I passed the temp probe up through the defrost drainage hole, and place it against the side of my plastic bucket fermenter, under a folded towel taped over it to insulate it from the air temp (so it reads close to actual ferm temp). Then just plugged the fridge into the "cooling" outlet on the IB, set the compressor cycle protection setting to 10 minutes, the target temp to the desired ferm temp, and the cooling temp differential to 1*F, and that was that!

To pass the temp probe up the defrost drainage you'll have to unbolt the drip tray to gain access, which is just two easy screws. And depending on how long/short they cut off the drainage tube externally, you might also have to loosen the bolts for the cross-members that the compressor is mounted to. I had to do that for one of my two units of this fridge.

u/colinmhayes · 1 pointr/beer

Well you've got a very cheap option and a still cheap but slightly less so option. Lots of homebrewers use that second one for kegerators & fermentation chambers.

u/Y2kkid2 · 1 pointr/CraftBeer

Ive used the ITC-308 for some time now and it works great. $35

u/ANON240934 · 1 pointr/sousvide

This is the one that I use (Inkbird ITC-308):

I have it and an anova. I like the inkbird for multi-day cooks because I don't like hearing the anova's motor running for days. Also, having two sous vide options is good for planning if I'm going to sous vide vegtables and meat for the same meal.

I cooked a chuck roast at 131 for 3 days with the inkbird in a crockpot. It worked very well. You want the crockpot on hot setting with water until it gets close to the target temperature, then turn it to the "keep warm" setting. On keep warm, the crockpot + inkbird kept it consistently at 130-131 the entire time.

u/dmort2071 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

If you're doing one gallon batches, consider the volume lost to readings.

Chest freezer and this:

u/pizzasteak · 1 pointr/DIY

i used this when i made a sous vide. you set a high temp and a low temp and it has a thermocouple to measure the temp. basically when the temp hits a set level it will turn on the outlet. when the temp hits another set temp it will turn off.

u/idrankbeershow · 1 pointr/beer

+1 just turned my old freezer into a beer fridge with this here:

u/jynnsomething · 1 pointr/BallPythons

The UTH needs a thermostat, which will read the temperature and also control it.

Just to be clear, since I think you might be confusing the two:
thermometers measure temperature
thermostats control the temperature of something like a UTH

UTHs need thermostats or they can get too hot. You should never use a UTH without one.

There are nicer versions like herpstats, but you can also use something like this:

I strongly recommend using an IR thermometer to calibrate the thermostat.

u/fwz12345 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Couple thoughts: I would definitely go the keezer route. You can get a big chest freezer that can hold 3 kegs plus a CO2 tank for a lot cheaper than you can a mini fridge. I just saw one on the front page of this sub from costco for $100.

I did the whole fridge (full size) to kegerator conversation and it was terrible. I got an old fridge due to budget and it had a hard time keeping everything cold, it looked junky and recently crapped out on me which is why I have a keezer now. I've also read that drilled holes in the fridge can really impact its ability to keep the temp regulated.

You're also going to want to buy an external temp gauge as well as a fan to circulate the cold air.

Great video:


I get that budget is important but having a QUALITY kegerator/keezer is more important. Here is why: if you skimp on it, you're going to have a crappy beer drinking experience and you'll be wasting way more money than you saved (not to mention the frustration and embarrassment of serving bad beer to your friends haha I've been there). With that being said, you can definitely make one for $300.

u/bunker_life · 1 pointr/LosAngeles

Get one of these and start sous vide cooking with that crock pot:

u/warboy · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I have this freezer and it will easily fit four ball locks with co2 with room for extra storage. I use the extra space for any bottles I get. You'll have to hook it up to a temperature controller. You don't need anything fancy so I just grabbed a $20 one I had laying around.

Something like this

I had a tap tower laying around so I just used that instead of a collar so I can't be much help there.

u/thisistrue · 1 pointr/beerporn

All you really need is a dual stage temp controller. I have this one. Then you just plug the fridge into the temp controller and tape the temp probe to a can of beer (this ensures temp stays constant without excessive compressor cycling).

u/rui3hui534jr54feuhfh · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Go with a few of these bad boys instead of buckets and then you can easily No-Chill and don't need to DIY/buy a chiller. Get some voile fabric and make a bag. Find an old/busted external 3.5" hdd, an 80mm pc case fan and a potentiometer and make a stir plate. I built my own temp controller but if I were to do things again I'd just buy this .

Only equipment I've actually bought from a homebrew shop is bottling wand, racking cane, racking cane clip, hydrometer, capper, wine thief.

You need a good thermometer but most of the homebrew store ones are shitty, get something made by thermowerks.

You don't need airlocks, saran wrap + rubber band or just a lightly screwed on lid work fine. airlocks always seemed like weird mysticism to me.

u/onorok · 1 pointr/vandwellers

Why would you go through all that trouble when you could just get a controller for the chest freezer itself? Something like this:

Generally curious, thanks!

u/dtwhitecp · 1 pointr/sousvide

Looks like a normal crock pot and one of these

I have one for homebrewing and it works well for that, so I'm sure it works for this too

u/game_of_phones · 1 pointr/kegerators

Can't say for sure if it is shot or not but you can get an inkbird digital temperature controller for less than $40 to replace it. I have two and they work perfectly.

u/blacklabel8829 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I have this controller.

For the start of fermentation I place the probe on the outside of my fermenting bucket, cover it in insulated material, and tape the material to the outside of the bucket. That way I have decent idea of the outside wort temp, then like you said I will set the temp to ~5° below the ferment temp I want.

I basically follow Brulosophy's Ale Fermentation Schedule.

u/Third_Chelonaut · 1 pointr/SolarDIY

If you've got $35 to your name then this will do it.

There is a cheaper version for 15 which is more of a DIY unit to stick into an enclosure. Look for STC-1000 on ebazon

u/Jtoad · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

10 gal anvil kettle $250, BrewBag $30-40, Keg $75, Regulator $45, Co2 tank $85

I'm sure you can find some of this cheaper, but this gets you brewing 5gal batch's and kegging them. I'd add in an Inkbird temp controller $35, a used fridge off Craig's list and a fermenter.

I read you wanted to do 10gal so you could keg half and bottle half. I'd keg it all and bottle off as needed with The Bru Bottler. Super simple to build and works fantastic. I find it to be better then my blichmann beer gun.

u/fuzzwell · 1 pointr/Beekeeping

That's the exact same thing I was thinking of doing, except I was going to use a small blowing space heater. I'm going to need to figure out how to keep the air circulating a LOT and also control the temp / on / off with a thermostat. Not sure how to do that yet. is what I've just bought, and I'm going to hook it to a heat lamp and a little fan in an old freezer and let it heat things to 106F for a few hours and see what happens. I'm going to test one frame first.

u/slashu4normiesubs · 1 pointr/Cooking

before I got my anova I was going to make a diy sous vide rig out of a big crock pot or turkey roaster using the below $15 temp controller. put the probe into water turn crockpot on high and it will read the probe and keep it exact temp. You would need to maintain some level of liquid in there though.

of if you don't want to wire it yourself + mount it in some kind of box, for $35 there's this one:

Really though if you have the $150 for an anova that's a purpose built thing that I think I'm the 3rd person at least to think sounds like it would do exactly what you want. If you don't want to use bags you could probably stick a heavy pot in a cooler or rubbermaid tub of water and the anova and there's your temp controlled slow cooker there. It costs more than the temp controller and a crock pot for sure but it will do some extra stuff that if you have the cash you will surely appreciate in the future.

u/ketosg · 1 pointr/MonsterFishKeepers

This was an interesting thread you might glean some insights from. Its not bio pellet specific, but nitrate removal.

If I remember right, the issue you'll have with bio pellets, or something like purigen too, is dialing in the gph, via a reactor of some sort. Too much or too little and its a waste but there are arguments thats its not even worth the effort. Idk, i havent explored that option myself. I use 3 sun sun canisters on my 200 gal, and a ton of plants in the tank to keep my numbers to zeros.

That said, what has truly changed the hobby for me is a continuous drip system that automatically does water changes for me.

I did the exact same setup, but took the advice he offered another guy and used a durso for the drain pipe.

Edit-- also, might want to look into inline heaters with controllers <--- this is a must. I will never use an intank heater again, seriously they are great

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

u/DangerouslyGoneAlone · 1 pointr/KotakuInAction

My Anova was $180. It's quite easy to use, there is a button and a scroll wheel (yeah, strange input mechanism for consumer electronics). I have a couple differently sized tupperware containers to hold the water and you just stick the Anova in it.

I'm an engineer so I was considering building one with an arduino, thermistor and heating element, but the Anova is a really nice gadget and I figured it would be worth the money to not have to screw around with it. Of course, here I am screwing around with it anyway. ;)

Many people use a rice cooker in combination with a temperature sensor that can turn the power off and on for the rice cooker. I found this on amazon but it's a bit expensive:

Edit: Much cheaper controller here

u/BlunderBear · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Yeah I was going to use it in coordination with a Temperature Controller to keep it to fridge-like temperatures

u/aesthetics247 · 1 pointr/microgrowery

What about this as a suggestion?

go with this 200w heater

and a temp outlet thermometer like this
so the heater comes on when your room dips below a certain temperature.. and so it turns off at the right temp as well.

u/ellipses1 · 1 pointr/Charcuterie

Here's my setup, I have two of each of these:

Temp Controller




I have a little humidifier, too... but I disconnected it and put it away after a while because it never was needed

u/I81U812_ · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Avanti 7.0 Cu. Ft. Chest Freezer - White $178 with 2 year warranty

Bev Rite Air Distributor 5/16", CO2 Manifold(4way) $38.95

Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat $35

Oetiker Stepless Ear Clamp 15.7 mm $11.99

3/8 in. Stainless Steel PEX Barb Pinch Clamp $6.93

Bev Rite Beer Faucet and 4-Inch Shank Kit with Black Handle $24.95

Co2 Beer Regulator Two Product Dual Pressure $69.99

Beverage Factory Ball Lock Taps 1/4 $9.32

25 Foot Clear 3/16" ID 7/16" OD FDA Approved Vinyl Tube $15.99

25 Foot Red Gas/Air Hose, 5/16 inch ID $ 22.99

5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball Lock) $129.99

1-1/4 in. x 30 ft. Camper Seal Foam Tape $6.97
I had it in 2" wide, It is what i used to seal the collar to the freezer
the collar is not attached to the freezer at all besides the weight of the plywood,collar,lid. I am able to return the freezer back to factory without much effort.

3/4 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. PureBond Red Oak Plywood $52.97
Needed one and a half sheets

1 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. Premium Kiln-Dried Square Edge Whitewood Common Board $ 6.72
Needed about 4 total. I ripped them down for bottom edge and then ripped them at 45degs for the corners

Parts Still needed:
Surface Mount Drip Tray

u/Trub_Maker · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Went that route 2 times before this was made available.....sealed, no muss no fuss. Plug and play for cheaper then you can build one.

u/The_Thin_Mint · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

This is what you want and it's on sale right now.

I zip tied the probe to a full bottle of water and set it at 39° with a ten minute compressor delay. Water bottle sits on the "hump" of the compressor and the probe wire just sits between the seals on the lid and body of keezer.

I tried to mess around with the stock thermostat and could never get it consistent either. Not worth the time when this is only $28 right now and works great.

u/BourbonAndSweatpants · 1 pointr/CraftBeer

I bought this freezerless refrigerator from Lowe's and regulate the temperature using the same item others mentioned here.

u/__Jank__ · 1 pointr/Homebrewing
  1. Obtain free craigslist refrigerator from someone who is upgrading their kitchen or moving. Remove all shelves except bottom shelf.
  2. Buy $35 Inkbird ITC308 temp switch on amazon:
  3. Buy $13 heating pad on amazon:
  4. Set ITC308 temp target, put temp probe inside fridge, plug fridge into Cooling outlet, plug heating pad into Heating outlet and put pad inside fridge.
  5. Now you control the fridge temp to within +/- 1°F. Go to town.
  6. ???
  7. Profit!
u/chrisimplicity · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Keep in mind that ambient temp can be much different than your beer. A relatively cheap and easy solution if you have the room: a $50 deep freezer from Craigslist (I was amazed at how many I found) plugged it into this , then use this on your carboy.

Drop in your carboy and you’re good to go.

Edit: Woops. I missed the “no room” part. Good luck

u/anonymoose_octopus · 1 pointr/bettafish

Buy an Inkbird Temperature Controller. I also worry about this, but since I've installed these for my tanks it's like a weight off my shoulders. You basically plug the heater into it, and once the thermometer built into the device reads that it's at your desired temperature, it cuts the power to the heater. It's a great device for peace of mind.

Just to put your mind a little more at ease though, I think heater related fires are very rare, and probably because someone wasn't using it correctly or heating their tanks too much. I've heard great things about Hydor 50W (and I'm actually using the 25W right now with no controller). You're fine. :)

u/jeeptrash · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I use these, they work great and you don't have to wire them. Plus they have a heating side should you ever want to use it on a fermentation chamber.

u/vortex1324 · 1 pointr/ReefTank

Make yourself a temp controller with an stc 1000 or ranco. Cheap and effective. I used a lab thermometer to calibrate mine. Which was only off by 1 degree f when I received it. They are quite accurate and reliable for the price. I use the stc1000 in both mine and my girlfriend's tanks. They can be set to keep the tank plus/minus .3 degrees c. I also have 2 heaters. Each capable of heating the tank alone for redundancy. The best part is that you don't have to worry about the heaters getting stuck on and making fish soup, since the controller will turn them off when high setpoint is reached. I set the heaters internal thermostat to just above what I set the controller for, that way if it failed, the heaters thermostat would be a backup. Doing it this way saves a lot of stress on the heaters thermostat because it is always "on" not constantly changing, wearing it out, since they are made of bending metal.

You could even use the cooling outlet to turn on a light or sound device or a fan across the top of the tank as a high temp warning in the summers.


If you aren't the diy electrical type.

u/keevenowski · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Absolute worst case scenario, you can buy an external temperature controller. This one is pretty commonly used in the home brewing community and works great.

u/HelloSluggo · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

The swamp cooler method (tub, water, swapping ice bottles, old tshirt to wick the water up on the fermenter, fan, etc.) does work with a certain amount of dilligency, but if you're like me and get pulled a million different directions, that dilligency might get strained. I did it for awhile, and if I was super anal about changing out the ice bottles at the exact time every morning and evening, it worked well. For those times I got pulled away, not so much.

With a small investment, you can absolutely take your fermentation to a new standard. For me, the game changer was a $60 used wine fridge off Craigslist (I see these popping up all the time for far less than I paid for mine) and a <$40 Inkbird controller. And when I say game changer, I mean set the controller and walk away never worrying about whether you swapped your ice bottles out on time, perfect fermentation game changer.

The plus on using a wine fridge is that there's no build required like there would be with a mini fridge (no removing the door shelving to make room, no building a collar or shelf, etc), plus the door is glass, so you can keep an eye on things without opening and closing the door all the time.

u/EvilBob772 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Pardon my Newbness. I'm preparing to use some temp regulation equipment for my next (or next next) brew and right now I was planning on picking up this inkbird and a ferm wrap for this next brew i need to keep warm. Is the only difference with the unit you have linked that you can have it maintain specific temperatures at specific times of day?

Thanks =)

u/Mister_Anthony · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

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

Is this what I’m looking for in terms of temp control for a freezer for fermenting?

u/JDemar · 1 pointr/steak

Yeah, the auto-defrost on most mini-fridges make it hard to keep a constant temperature. I had to pull the wiring on mine, and loop them to bypass the internal thermometer. Once I had it so it would just run continuously, I then added an External Inkbird Controller that turns the power on and off to keep it within my specified range (34-38F).

Hopefully your new display fridge will be more convenient to keep the temp in a steady range without having to do any rewiring.

u/local_moron · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

You're talking about a ferm chamber, not a keezer, right? You don't need to drill at all. For my ferm chamber, all I did was buy a freezer at Costco, then plug the freezer in to the "cold" outlet from my Inkbird, then plug the Inkbird in to the wall outlet. Then I taped the probe thermometer from the Inkbird against the side of the carboy in the freezer with some bubble wrap.

Basically, the Inkbird measures the temperature of the carboy, and when it gets too warm it activates the freezer to turn on and start cooling the beer. When the thermometer registers that the beer is now at the correct temperature, it turns off the freezer.

Really simple setup, there's no real assembly required.

That being said, if you do want to drill through a fridge (to build a kegerator/keezer setup, or whatever), you're almost always safe to drill through the door, and basically anywhere where there isn't the compressor or the coils.

u/persp73 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

My lagering chamber is a chest freezer with a temperature controller and a little heater.

With this I can do the primary fermentation in the 50's, raise it up to the 60's for a diacetyl rest, and then drop the termperature down into the 30's for the lagering. The lagering just refers to letting the beer sit for a while at very cold temperatures, which is supposed to allow all the gunk to drop out and leave a clear and crisp beer. I've got two batches lagering right now, which I lagered in the fermenter for a couple weeks and have been in the keg for about 10 days at 32 degrees.

u/pwnsaw · 1 pointr/ReefTank

Sure! The prices are a bit different as I was timing what I bought when the prices were low or refurbs.


Media basket(absolute must have)

Auto top off



Temp Controller, Fan, and Gooseneck

Light, and Mount

Upgraded return pump

u/Avaseal · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Temperature control was a marginal, nay, Significant upgrade for me. I found a mini fridge large enough to hold a fermenting bucket off Craigslist (after removing the door molding) and got one of these on Amazon. The fridge has about a 2'x2'x3' footprint and is definitely worth finding room for in a small apartment.

u/773-998-1110 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Just have to have a strong arm, the feezer is at about waist height so the buckets can be heavy but nothing too bad. I can fit one on the floor and then have wood at the same level as the hump filling up the rest of the space. With that there I can fit in two more buckets. I had to build a collar on the freezer in order to get enough clearance for an airlock though.

I have this temperature controller and just tape a sponge to my fermentation bucket with the probe pressed against the bucket under the sponge. Seems to work fine! I also have a muffin fan in there blowing air around to try and normalize the temp everywhere.

u/bodobeers · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I ended up going with one of the "easy" ones that you don't have to wire anything at all. All you do is plug the freezer into this thing, and then plug this thing into your power outlet. Then the Inkbird has a thin wire that you just have to get inside the freezer somehow. It can be just inbetween the freezer and the lid it's that skinny (i think).

The one I got is here:

u/narddawg314 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

brew pi is awesome, but without any knowledge of linux or electronics, I would advise against it.

get whatever refrigerator is cheapest that fit your dimensions and buy one of these

u/jordanja · 1 pointr/recipes

It's this controller, but I had a coupon code for $15 off.

u/widgetjam · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

No way not for beer. All you need is a cheap craigslist freezer/fridge, this controller and this heater. You could put it all together for about 100 dollars, maybe add a usb computer fan for better circulation.

u/hoptarts · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Correct the one you linked or will be what you want, you basically plug the fridge into this and plug this into the wall, like a surge protector. It has a temp probe you can stick in the fridge, it stops supplying power once fridge is at a certain temp. These work great for fermentation control as well because they are 2 stage meaning the can controll the fridge as well as a heater so if its too cold they can heat and if too warm they can chill. The one you linked will require some DIY (Wires an outlet and a box) where as the 308, is prebuilt and ready to roll right out of the box.

u/Buddhalite · 1 pointr/Cooking

A digital temperature controller and a crock pot will work. The one below is ~$40 but you can build one cheaper using an ST-1000 controller.

u/canucklurker · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Ok, I have done projects like this quite a bit; to get it all rigged up is going to take quite a bit of time. I think you should explore another option: for not much more you can buy a temperature controller that all you have to do is plug in. (see link)

Of course if you are building this because you want to have fun and do it yourself, the other guys in this thread have done a great job of explaining things.

u/m13a8 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Basically I'm wanting to make my kegerator run double duty as a fermentation chamber when I'm out of beer. I was thinking about getting [this]( 3&keywords=inkbird+temperature+controller) temperature controller and having it regulate my mini fridge during fermentation and then removing it and letting the fridge's own thermostat take over when there's a full keg in it. Will this cause any problems with the fridge's own adjustable thermostat?

u/royheritage · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I just bought one from Best Buy for $169.99. This guy is 33 inches tall with an inside dimension close to 30. It's perfect. Fits 2 fermentors side by side plus a little shelf for other stuff.

I combined that with an inkbird dual action temp controller from amazon for about $40.

u/acclend · 1 pointr/sousvide

I do but I usually go hiking/surfing and don't spend that much time at home either. I just bought a temperature controller though, gonna hook it up to my crockpot, hopefully the set up works!

u/chelseyslivingthings · 1 pointr/snakes

Congrats! Adding onto what the others have mentioned, just to make sure, you're regulating your heat source(s) with a thermostat right?

If you're not, I highly recommend unplugging the heat for now and ordering one of these from amazon so your new baby stays safe.

u/double-dry-hopped · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

What is the temperature range you are dealing with? If your ambient temperature doesn't get too high you might be able to get away with just using a carboy heater and a temperature controller to keep it from getting too cold.. If your ambient temperature gets too high then a fridge might be your best bet. Check out [this] ( temperature controller and pick up a cheap carboy wrap. Plug the fridge into the cooling outlet and the wrap into the heating outlet. You can keep it + or - 1 degree F with this setup.

u/beer_SS · 1 pointr/SubredditSimulator

Thanks for the tip, I'll look into them. as long as it's above 5% alcohol. And you really do need to check them out, though, you have to use this for their fermentation chambers:

u/PM_ME_UR_DOGGIE_PICS · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

It certainly makes things easier. All I did was buy one of these minifridges and an InkBird to control the temp and I was off to the races. I can fit two 3gallon Better Bottles and their blowoff tubes in this setup without any modifications to the fridge.

Edit: crappy pic