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Old 12-21-2010, 06:16 PM   #541
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after getting my unit I have realized that my box from Radio Shack is MUCH larger than I need, I wonder if I can take it back with out receipt and exchange for a smaller box

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Old 12-21-2010, 06:27 PM   #542
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Just remember that this thing does dissipate some heat...don't pack it too tightly.


Chocolate tempering? Not sure what that is (is that fancy for "melting"?), but I like the creativity!

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Old 12-21-2010, 06:37 PM   #543
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Bjorn, thanks for all the info.
The tabs are broken and the unit was plugged into a high use area outlet, although I had not yet plugged anything into the unit's outlets. Lower load outlet next time.

Going to wrap up a couple presents for SWMBO and then get back to the controller.
Thanks again for taking the time to help, it's truly appreciated.

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Old 12-21-2010, 06:45 PM   #544
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you broke off both tabs? not necessary...just the hot. Not a big deal, you just have to make sure the neutrals are tied back together somehow.

No problem, Ben...that's what we're all here for!

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Old 12-21-2010, 08:33 PM   #545
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Are you plugging the fridge into the outlet from this controller? And are you modifying the refridgerator in any way?

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Old 12-22-2010, 12:55 AM   #546
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Chocolate tempering? Not sure what that is (is that fancy for "melting"?), but I like the creativity!
Yeah its keeping the chocolate at a low temp (82-90 degrees F) melted, but low enough to keep crystaline structures formed in the right chain. Makes chocolate shiny and hard.

Its what they use to dip truffles and make other chocolates.
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Are you plugging the fridge into the outlet from this controller? And are you modifying the refridgerator in any way?
Yes. no. You can just plug the fridge in and away you go...instead of the internal t-stat controlling the temp, you're essentially plugging and unplugging the fridge via the controller.
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I just built two of these and they work great!

Where are you guys putting the probe? Is it water proof?

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Old 12-23-2010, 04:09 AM   #549
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I just built two of these and they work great!

Where are you guys putting the probe? Is it water proof?

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I taped the probe on my carboy - covered with some bubble wrap. My fermometer is reading between 62 and 64 Farenheit and the temp controller is showing 17.2 celsius (63 F) so I'd say it is right on!
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:28 PM   #550
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+1, that's what I do as well.

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