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Old 12-28-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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Greetings All,

Even here in vegas, my garage gets a little to cool to make ales. I have an old fridge with a johnson controler. What do you folks do to warm up the chamber. it will get down to 53 in the chamber on its own. I know I could make lagers. right now I have a cailifornia common fermenting now. it is currently sitting at 58 degrees. I was thinking maybe one fermenter doing a lager and another wraped with an electric fermentation heater. But i have questions about that device and my glass carboys.

THanks all,

Mike

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Old 12-28-2010, 04:48 PM   #2
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fermwrap works great wrapped around the fermenter. You will want either a two stage or another controller for the fermwrap though so that you won't get too warm.

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Old 12-29-2010, 06:33 PM   #3
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I am starting to have the same problem with my fridge as this is the first winter I have had it. Today I wrapped the fermenter in a blanket in the fridge and will be monitoring it for the next day or so to see if I have to bring it inside. Hopefully the heat from fermentation will be enough to keep the fridge warm enough. My only other idea would be to buy a heating pad, put that below the carboy, then wrap everything in a blanket in the garage and hook the heating pad up to the temp controller.

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Old 12-29-2010, 06:39 PM   #4
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You can get these at Walmart $13.00 Has a built in fan works great along side a temp controller. Extremely small footprint.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...H9J2R13JWH3GD1

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Old 12-31-2010, 03:51 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies, looking at the fermwrap. but also looking at a reptile floor mat like the one at williams breiwng. I need to get a move on this. I just gotta brew this sunday!!

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Old 12-31-2010, 05:45 PM   #6
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I use a $16 heating pad from the drug store (the kind for injuries).

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