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Old 02-09-2012, 07:14 AM   #11
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Not sure if you decided on a method, but this is what I did for my heating temp control.
I connected a small 1500 watt fan heater to my Electrical Johnson control that is attached to my fermentation chamber (a True model Pepsi Fridge). I set the controller to heating mode and to cut-out at my set temp (this involves moving the pins inside the face of the controller, real easy)

The fan circulates the hot air throughout the fridge, cuts off right at my set point. Works like a charm.

I set the probe of the temp control right against my carboy, covered it with insulated bubble wrap and taped it down.

Here is the link to show you how to set the pins of the Johnson controller to heat mode:
http://www.beveragefactory.com/image...A419ABG-3C.pdf

Hope this helps.

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Old 02-09-2012, 09:45 AM   #12
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I'd say use this. Just tape it to the side wall of your fridge and you're off to the races.

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/BREWE...-P518C100.aspx

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Old 02-10-2012, 06:05 AM   #13
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I'm thinking about getting one of these and wiring an outlet in place of my light fixture in my ferm cabinet...maybe even cut the plug and hard-wire it straight into my e-bay controller.

The pic is darned near actual size: 3.8 x 4.3 x 6.1 inches ; 1.6 pounds and only 200w power usage. Should be more than enough for a 3'd x 4'w x 4'h box.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Lasko-Prod...eater/16503222

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Old 02-10-2012, 04:13 PM   #14
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Right now in NC it is no warmer than 60 degrees
It is 60 degrees in your house? I keep my house at 74 this time of year, so my fermentation chamber still has to cool down to 64 for an average ale fermentation, and no heater is required. If you DO keep your house at 60, why not just turn on the heat up to 64 in your house and ferment in a closet?
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I'm thinking about getting one of these and wiring an outlet in place of my light fixture in my ferm cabinet...maybe even cut the plug and hard-wire it straight into my e-bay controller.

The pic is darned near actual size: 3.8 x 4.3 x 6.1 inches ; 1.6 pounds and only 200w power usage. Should be more than enough for a 3'd x 4'w x 4'h box.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Lasko-Prod...eater/16503222
I just put one of these in my freezer. It was $11 at Walmart. I unplugged the freezer from the temp controller, changed it to heat mode and plugged this in. I was doing some lagers but it is time to warm up for ale now. It is small, cheap, and slow to change the temp so there are not hot spots. It seems to work great.
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I just put one of these in my freezer. It was $11 at Walmart. I unplugged the freezer from the temp controller, changed it to heat mode and plugged this in. I was doing some lagers but it is time to warm up for ale now. It is small, cheap, and slow to change the temp so there are not hot spots. It seems to work great.
Ya, I picked one up for $11 @ WalrusWorld today. It's making a difference in the ferm box, for sure! I was using a 100w light bulb, so I bought a screw-base outlet adapter for 2 more bux and plugged it right in. E-bay controller took it from there.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:47 PM   #17
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Yeah I have found the immersion heater is actuallly fine. It does get hot, but you get convection and so the beer around it circulates a bit. Also, with a small heater in a large bosy of beer, you get a kind've gradual temperature profile. The thing I like about the immersion heater is it is dead easy to use. Just stick it in the top of your fermenter and dangle it into your beer.

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Old 02-13-2012, 06:39 PM   #18
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@Murray~

I was thinking there'd be a convection effect as the beer warms up. I'll have to try this out myself. Cheers for the response!

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I still havent brewed using the fridge and new set up. I am planning on brewing on Monday, no matter what. Ive been forcing myself to get done with my RIMS.

I definitely like the walmart heater better than a heat lamp or hair dryer. Will pick one up on the way home tomorrow. However, that brewers heater is pretty freakin' sweet. I can see myself adding that at a later date bc I need a solution by Monday...

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