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Old 03-17-2007, 06:15 PM   #1
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Default Fermentation temp control?

What are some ideas for accurate carboy/fermenter temperature control. I've heard of aquarium heaters in a container of water with the carboy sitting in it, any other ideas.

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Old 03-17-2007, 06:20 PM   #2
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An old fridge with a johnson controller set at 68 degrees would probably be most accurate, but the other methods involving the bathtub and frozen water bottles and fans would work, too.

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Old 03-17-2007, 06:21 PM   #3
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It depends if you need to warm or cool or both.

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Maybe I need a new Freezer for lagering 30-45 and turn my lagering fridge into an ale fermenter and keep it at 65-70. Seems like the best method by far. Looks like more flowers and jewelry for the wife.

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Old 03-18-2007, 12:16 AM   #5
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I've got an old water bed thermostat hooked to a Mr Coffee. My plan is to put it in an unplugged fridge, with a pot of water on the burner. But I didn't do it this winter. I should have. Maybe I'll remember it next winter.

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Old 03-18-2007, 12:34 AM   #6
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Like Yooper Chick said. A freezer with a Johnson controller is a good way to go.

Here's a 10 cubic foot chest freezer. I use it it for chilling, crash cooling, & carbing.



Another method and cheaper is the Son of Fermentation Chiller. Here's one I picked up off of Craigslist.com for $50. A frozen gallon jug keeps my ales at 65 degrees for 2 days before I have to swap it out.

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Old 03-18-2007, 03:25 AM   #7
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check this out...pretty cheap and cool!

http://www.brewboard.com/index.php?showtopic=42533&st=0

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Old 03-18-2007, 03:31 AM   #8
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If you go the fridge/temp controller route, i sell thermowells SS TIG welded, that the controller sensor goes into which the whole rig monitors core temps.
http://www.brewboard.com/index.php?showtopic=70754

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Old 03-18-2007, 03:39 PM   #9
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FYI, a cheap thermometer is on sale right now at Harbor Freight
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=24969

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