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Old 11-08-2007, 07:20 PM   #1
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Does anyone know a way to modify the thermostat that comes with the refrigerator to go to higher temperatures. Is it a low voltage thermostat, or high voltage? If it is low I would think you could use a standard household thermostat.
Your thoughts.

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Old 11-09-2007, 07:30 AM   #2
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I am guessing you are looking for a way to ferment in a fridge. If so, get a temp controller. You plug the fridge into it and run the probe into the fridge or, better, into the carboy itself using a temp probe. The controller then turns the fridge on and off based on what temp the probe is picking up. I added one to a used chest freezer and love it. Since it's a freezer, it can get things cold enough for lagers.
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Default Modify refrigerator thermostat calibration

The purpose of this information is to allow a typical refrigerator to be used as a fermentation chamber.

Here is a link to information regarding the calibration of a refrigerator thermostat.
http://www.wineloverspage.com/rscellar.shtml

I have a Gerald Office refrigerator that was adjusted to raise the highest temperature to 70 by turning the calibration screw clockwise about 10 turns.
The result of the recalibration was # 1 on the dial was 65-66 degrees, which is about 15 degrees higher than normal. Turning towards OFF could lower the temperature towards 70. I was happy with this setting and did not experiment further.
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:33 PM   #4
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Does anyone know a way to modify the thermostat that comes with the refrigerator to go to higher temperatures. Is it a low voltage thermostat, or high voltage? If it is low I would think you could use a standard household thermostat.
Your thoughts.
Can't speak for all, but the Kenmore (actually Whirpool) refrigerator-only unit that I use for a fermentation chamber uses a line-voltage controller. I swapped it out for a Love controller so I could easily change temperatures to a precise (if not accurate) setpoint.
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Which model control are you using?

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The purpose of this information is to allow a typical refrigerator to be used as a fermentation chamber.

Here is a link to information regarding the calibration of a refrigerator thermostat.
http://www.wineloverspage.com/rscellar.shtml

I have a Gerald Office refrigerator that was adjusted to raise the highest temperature to 70 by turning the calibration screw clockwise about 10 turns.
The result of the recalibration was # 1 on the dial was 65-66 degrees, which is about 15 degrees higher than normal. Turning towards OFF could lower the temperature towards 70. I was happy with this setting and did not experiment further.
Hope this helps.
Thank you
I forgot all about that trick.
Infact the refrigerator I have has a arrow on it for colder. Although I went the other way.
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Which model control are you using?
If you're asking me, I'm using a Love TS-13010. In fact, I just ordered two more, so I now will have four, with three in action (kegerator, fermentation chamber, lagering fridge).
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:33 PM   #8
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does anyone know if the fridge thermostat can be used in An egg incubator? Thanks ahead for your replies?

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