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Old 10-22-2009, 06:35 PM   #11
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I'm not much for electronics, so I am going for one of the pre-wired versions where you just plug in the fridge and/or heater to the thermostat and thermo into the wall. The dual, pre-wired ranco is $119. I guess it is worth it to have such precise control of ferment temps...

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Old 10-22-2009, 06:39 PM   #12
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/temp...lution-128443/

Just throwing it out there.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:03 PM   #13
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Wow, if I were motivated to be as crafty on brew-projects as you guys I could come up with something, I am sure. Actually it's not so much the lack of ingenuity on my part, it's the lack of time at this point. We have a new (to us) house and redecorating/refinishing/improvement projects so that it fits our high standards is consuming most of my time right now, LOL.

I think I have decided to just go with a single stage Johnson digital controller (pre-wired for efficiency purposes!) and a thermowell. In winter I will use it to heat with my brewbelt, inside of my chest freezer and in summer I'll use it to brew lagers in the freezer... For fall and spring when the temps are "just about right but not perfect", just about right will have to work, LOL.

Thanks for all the recommendations though!

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Old 10-22-2009, 07:52 PM   #14
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Walmart has a tiny portable heater with a fan built in for $9. I'd put that inside the fridge and run it with the controller.

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Walmart has a tiny portable heater with a fan built in for $9. I'd put that inside the fridge and run it with the controller.
As opposed to brew-belt you mean? Any particular reason? Because it's more even/uniform temp throughout the freezer, whereas the brewbelt will concentrate some heat wherever it is wrapped around carboy?

If I didn't already have the brewbelt I wouldn't have thought about using it (esp. when a $9 heater is cheaper), but I do own one and thats why I threw it out there...
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Old 10-29-2009, 01:40 AM   #16
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Got my JC temp controller today... I'll have to play with it this weekend. (If not before! LOL)

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