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Old 05-24-2010, 06:17 PM   #1
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Hi folks, i have a mashmaster fridgemate temp controller unit hooked up to my chest freezer.

The ambient temp in my basement right now is probably 10-12C. I like to heat up my freezer to 18C.

I was thinking of putting a 40W bulb in there and just letting the fridgemate and compressor keep the temp stable?

Thoughts?

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Old 05-24-2010, 06:41 PM   #2
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that will work. you might also think about using a fermwrap.

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Old 05-24-2010, 09:36 PM   #3
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If you use the bulb don't forget to cover your fermenters. The light will skunk the hops

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Old 05-24-2010, 10:11 PM   #4
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If you use the bulb don't forget to cover your fermenters. The light will skunk the hops
Thanks i probably wouldn't of thought about that.
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Thanks i probably wouldn't of thought about that.
That's debatable. I think most people do it to be overly cautious, but I've never seen anything that proves a regular light bulb causes skunking. The sun yes, fluorescent, probably, incandescent? I dont think so but it wouldnt hurt to be safe.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:35 PM   #6
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Just an update: Plugging the fridgemate in the freezer didn't work very well. The compressor would cut out when it was suppose to - in this case 19C but the temp would go down has low has 14C.

So i decided to set the unit to the heating function and plugged the light bulb to the fridgemate. Now the temp is pretty well rock solid at 18-19C.

I guess since the ambient temp is around 12C i just needed to use a heat source.

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