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Waunabeer 11-01-2010 03:27 PM

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Here is the temp. controller I built a couple of weeks ago. I too used a junction box (from Home Depot about $11). It is very durable and has plenty of room and has wall mounts right on the box. I made my own celcius to F chart to put on top of it.

It seems to work great and here is the fermentation chamber that I built to go with it. I have yet to put a fan in the box, but the funny thing is with the lid closed and the fridge off, it stays around 66F in there. I won't take much to keep it cooler than that.

Awesome idea this ebay aquarium project was.


Waunabeer 11-01-2010 03:27 PM

5 Attachment(s)

Here is the temp. controller I built a couple of weeks ago. I too used a junction box (from Home Depot about $11). It is very durable and has plenty of room and has wall mounts right on the box. I made my own celcius to F chart to put on top of it.

It seems to work great and here is the fermentation chamber that I built to go with it. I have yet to put a fan in the box, but the funny thing is with the lid closed and the fridge off, it stays around 66F in there. I won't take much to keep it cooler than that.

Awesome idea this ebay aquarium project was.


Waunabeer 11-01-2010 03:27 PM

5 Attachment(s)

Here is the temp. controller I built a couple of weeks ago. I too used a junction box (from Home Depot about $11). It is very durable and has plenty of room and has wall mounts right on the box. I made my own celcius to F chart to put on top of it.

It seems to work great and here is the fermentation chamber that I built to go with it. I have yet to put a fan in the box, but the funny thing is with the lid closed and the fridge off, it stays around 66F in there. I won't take much to keep it cooler than that.

Awesome idea this ebay aquarium project was.


Waunabeer 11-01-2010 03:27 PM

5 Attachment(s)

Here is the temp. controller I built a couple of weeks ago. I too used a junction box (from Home Depot about $11). It is very durable and has plenty of room and has wall mounts right on the box. I made my own celcius to F chart to put on top of it.

It seems to work great and here is the fermentation chamber that I built to go with it. I have yet to put a fan in the box, but the funny thing is with the lid closed and the fridge off, it stays around 66F in there. I won't take much to keep it cooler than that.

Awesome idea this ebay aquarium project was.


Waunabeer 11-01-2010 03:27 PM

5 Attachment(s)

Here is the temp. controller I built a couple of weeks ago. I too used a junction box (from Home Depot about $11). It is very durable and has plenty of room and has wall mounts right on the box. I made my own celcius to F chart to put on top of it.

It seems to work great and here is the fermentation chamber that I built to go with it. I have yet to put a fan in the box, but the funny thing is with the lid closed and the fridge off, it stays around 66F in there. I won't take much to keep it cooler than that.

Awesome idea this ebay aquarium project was.


originalben 12-21-2010 01:30 PM

Okay, still a problem...
 
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Seriously, I'm not usually the weakest link, but damn...

So, I had wired up the controller as shown in the first diagram, from first page.

Came on no problem ...then after about 5 minutes it tripped the house breaker.

Unplugged, reset breaker, plug back in...no power.

Unwire everything except power and probe...comes back up...so, wired incorrectly.

Two questions...1. on the diagram, is the green incoming line from the power cord wired into the outlet or to the ground screw?

2.Is the wire from controller input #2 tied together with the incoming-in my case 'white'- power cord wire and attached to the heating post?

On page 51, there is a pic of a nice wiring setup that appears quite different from this one and I can almost make all the connections out, but not quite.
What is the advantage of the wiring strip?


originalben 12-21-2010 01:30 PM

Okay, still a problem...
 
2 Attachment(s)

Seriously, I'm not usually the weakest link, but damn...

So, I had wired up the controller as shown in the first diagram, from first page.

Came on no problem ...then after about 5 minutes it tripped the house breaker.

Unplugged, reset breaker, plug back in...no power.

Unwire everything except power and probe...comes back up...so, wired incorrectly.

Two questions...1. on the diagram, is the green incoming line from the power cord wired into the outlet or to the ground screw?

2.Is the wire from controller input #2 tied together with the incoming-in my case 'white'- power cord wire and attached to the heating post?

On page 51, there is a pic of a nice wiring setup that appears quite different from this one and I can almost make all the connections out, but not quite.
What is the advantage of the wiring strip?


originalben 12-23-2010 12:48 PM

Got her up and running, but...
 
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This high falutin' decade old Walgreen's heating pad has an auto off feature and keeps cutting off before bringing the filled carboy to it's target temp.

I assume there are heating pads without an auto off I could buy, just was hoping to make this as scavenger/low cost as possible a project.

What type of heating elements are you guys using?
If a light bulb, where and how is it placed in the fermenting chamber?

Adding a couple pics...just because


originalben 12-23-2010 12:48 PM

Got her up and running, but...
 
5 Attachment(s)

This high falutin' decade old Walgreen's heating pad has an auto off feature and keeps cutting off before bringing the filled carboy to it's target temp.

I assume there are heating pads without an auto off I could buy, just was hoping to make this as scavenger/low cost as possible a project.

What type of heating elements are you guys using?
If a light bulb, where and how is it placed in the fermenting chamber?

Adding a couple pics...just because


originalben 12-23-2010 12:48 PM

Got her up and running, but...
 
5 Attachment(s)

This high falutin' decade old Walgreen's heating pad has an auto off feature and keeps cutting off before bringing the filled carboy to it's target temp.

I assume there are heating pads without an auto off I could buy, just was hoping to make this as scavenger/low cost as possible a project.

What type of heating elements are you guys using?
If a light bulb, where and how is it placed in the fermenting chamber?

Adding a couple pics...just because



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