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Old 09-07-2011, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default Heating element for fermentation freezer.

I have a large chest freezer and a dual stage temperature controller. I was wondering what you guys use as a heating element in the freezer. I've heard of people using light bulbs but that seems like a bad idea because one benefit of a chest freezer is that it's free of light.

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Old 09-07-2011, 11:13 PM   #2
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Heating pad, reptile pad or light, small ceramic space heater, light bulb shield to hide light, etc.

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Old 09-07-2011, 11:17 PM   #3
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I use one of these tywrapped to the back of my fermentation fridge. With a small computer fan circulating the air it keeps the ambient temperature in the 70s when my basement is in the low 60s no problem.

http://morebeer.com/view_product/16674/

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Old 09-07-2011, 11:18 PM   #4
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I use a brew-belt that I already had.

Reptile lamps work fine though... any "heating" lamp should be heavily balanced towards the IR part of the spectrum, and it's only UV light that causes a problem.

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Old 09-08-2011, 03:47 AM   #5
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Reptile lamp wired in line with a computer fan. Works great, and no risk of skunking.

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Old 09-08-2011, 03:53 AM   #6
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I found a fan forced space heater (500W) on clearance for $10. Heat and fan in one unit. Works great!

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Old 09-08-2011, 12:38 PM   #7
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I use a 75W reptile lamp wired in series with a replacement exhaust fan ($17) for a bathrrom fixture.

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Old 09-08-2011, 12:43 PM   #8
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I just use a 60 watt incandescent light bulb. Not enough UV to skunk beer. My fermentation fridge is in a shed and sees winter temperatures close to zero and the 60 watt bulb does just fine.

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I use one of these taped on two walls of my fermentation chamber. Works well. They're only about $17.00 at PetSmart.

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I use a 'work light' grade bulb which is just a little more robust and covered with silicone or some other heavy duty coating. The plain bulbs just blew out when knocking around inside the chamber. I didn't want my power cable resting on the floor in case there was a leak or moisture, so it hangs and the silicone covered bulb protects better.

A light bulb couldn't be more effective as it works faster than the freezer itself. I tried a couple other things and they were way overkill.

(of course, I brew in stainless, so the light thing isn't an issue.)

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