Inkbird PID Temperature Controller - IPB-16S

Inkbird PID Temperature Controller - IPB-16S

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  • Simple plug-and-play operation. No wiring required!
  • PID digital controller provides precise temperature control
  • Perfect for electric brewers. Automatically controls the heating element on your boil kettle, mash tun, or hot liquor tank
  • Dedicated pump outlet and switch. Control your pump with the press of a button!

The Inkbird PID controller is a convenient, plug-and-play option to control the electric element on your boil kettle, mash tun, or hot liquor tank. With a dedicated outlet and power button for your brew pump, you can easily kick your pump on and off to recirculate your mash, transfer wort from vessel to vessel, and whirlpool after the boil.

Precise Control:
PID controllers are the most efficient way to control your heating element. Rather than simply cycling the element on and off, the PID uses a feedback loop to constantly provide the necessary power to maintain your set point. This means the power output of the element is adjusted from 0-100% as needed, instead of providing full power when heating is needed and no power when the set temp is achieved.

Control the Power:
The Inkbird PID controller allows you to take full control with Manual mode. By entering Manual mode, you can ramp up or ramp down the power of your element between 0-100% as you see fit. Lowering the power percentage during mashing can help you avoid scorching. The manual mode is ideal for electric distillation power control.

Independent Element Control:
When in normal operation, the controller will power your heating element as needed to maintain your set temperature. But with the independent on/off switch, you can cut the power to the element at any time. This is a great feature that allows you to control the pump and still take temperature readings when you're done using the heating element. After the boil, you can cut the element off while still using the pump to whirlpool and monitor the wort temp during chilling.

Independent Pump Control:
Control your pump with the press of a button. Whether you're recirculating the mash, transferring, or whirlpooling, having the pump control side-by-side with your element control allows you to take command of your brew day. Since the element and pump are controlled independently, you can use the Inkbird to control your pump even when the element is not in use.

Audible Alarm:
Set an alarm to notify you when you've reached your strike temperature. Attend to other tasks and prep work while your water is heating. The Inkbird controller will let you know when you're up to temp!


  • Power: 120V / 15A / 60Hz / 1800W
  • Sampling period: 0.5 second
  • Control Mode: Auto, Manual, and Manual Inhibit
  • Control Box Dimensions: 2.87" x 6.25" x 6.85" 
  • Independent power receptacles for heating element and pump
  • Built-in GFCI plug
  • Pre-cut wall mount holes


Item # FE648
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 4 LBS

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to replace a home made temp control unit
Angel S on Apr 6, 2022
Pairing with electric heating element
Brandon M on Apr 22, 2021
to replace a home made temp control unit
Angel S on Apr 6, 2022
saw someone use
DAVID S W on Feb 2, 2022
Pairing with electric heating element
Brandon M on Apr 22, 2021
saw someone use
DAVID S W on Feb 2, 2022
What are the dimensions of the thermometer probe? I’m looking for an appropriate thermowell to purchase along side this.
Nick on Feb 24, 2022
Does this have the built in GFCI plug? The image shows regular 3 prong.
Michael Hall on Aug 22, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The power cord to the unit has a gfci plug
Can the temperature probe be replaced with a different probe?
Adam Semitekol on Feb 5, 2024
Does the IPB-16S require an NTC (Negative Temperature Compensation) type probe?
Charles Miller on Feb 14, 2024
Will this work with digiboil?
Joseph on Nov 27, 2023

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Great but issues with GFCI plug
Have been using it with a RIMS setup and works flawlessly. Able to supply enough watts to heat up 7 gallons of strike water for a single infusion and sparge batch or 13 gallons of single infusion no-sparge batch in normal ambient temps. And keep mash temps at or above 153°.
I recommend putting the temperature sensor on the out port of the RIMS tube. Would be nice if the pump would sync with the heat so they would both be active but pump needs to stay on.

Check the GFCI plug, mine stopped working consistently and would only work on certain outlets.
The mash cart
The mash cart
August 7, 2023