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Old 06-01-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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I picked up a freezer chest today. I will eventually turn it into a kegerator. For now I want to use it as a fermentation chamber for ales. With the Johnson controller, will I be able to get the freezer up to 68 degrees?

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Old 06-01-2009, 09:54 PM   #2
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yep, no problem. Just turn the freezer to the coldest position, plug in your Johnson and set it to 68 degrees. I would set it to 66 myself though due the differential.

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Old 06-01-2009, 09:58 PM   #3
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What about if the I put it in my basement? The basement is around 58 degrees. Would it be able to heat it up?

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No, it will only have the ability to cool below ambient. If set at 68 and the temp was below that, it just wouldn't come on.

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On Midwestsupplies.com The describe the controller as to being able to heat. Does that mean I would need a heat source?

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On Midwestsupplies.com The describe the controller as to being able to heat. Does that mean I would need a heat source?

Yes, but the heat source can be anything from a light bulb to a small space heater. You do want to consider that the heater will be in a moist/wet environment and take the necessary precautions.
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Well that sounds complicated. I will probably in the mean time, try lagering. Until I turn the freezer into a kegerator.

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Old 06-01-2009, 10:31 PM   #8
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you can use this instead of a lightbulb, and just change settings on your controller ot kick on when temp drops

Amazon.com: Zoo Med Repticare 60 Watt Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter: Kitchen & Dining

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I have same plm ...want to convert chest freezer to ferm chamber ..have ranco, but basement is below 60, so will need a small heater for the freezer ..the repticare link is a cheap enough solution..I suppose it would be on all the time , and let the ranco control the temp through the freezer compressor.

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An under $5 solution that works great for me for my ferment in the garage during the winter is a 25 watt vanity incandescent light bulb plugged into an extension cord. It just hangs there warming the inside and the freezer kicks on and off to maintain 68 degrees. I've used it for two winters so far without problems. All the parts are from Lowe's

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