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Old 08-09-2011, 10:51 PM   #11
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Got the build figured out, nice job! 1 dumb question- what do you use it for?

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Old 08-10-2011, 12:11 AM   #12
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Perfect timing, I literally just got my controller out of the mailbox about an hour ago. This is a great build and less bulky than the Radio Shack box build. I'll pick up the gang box and front plate tomorrow after work, thanks for taking the time to post this.

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Old 08-10-2011, 12:42 AM   #13
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Dare I ask why you would need five controllers?

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Old 08-10-2011, 03:33 AM   #14
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Dare I ask why you would need five controllers?
That's a valid question! I'm using 2 for: 1) Serving fridge 2) Ferm fridge.

The rest... play toys, and, spares, and... if one of my brewclub members wants one.

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Got the build figured out, nice job! 1 dumb question- what do you use it for?
Controlling fermentation temperature; controlling serving temperature.

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I have a large chest freezer I am usingas a ferm. Chamber, with a Johnson control temp probe power control. Say it gets too cold in the winter toferm in my garage, what could I plug into the"hot" outlet?

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I have a large chest freezer I am usingas a ferm. Chamber, with a Johnson control temp probe power control. Say it gets too cold in the winter toferm in my garage, what could I plug into the"hot" outlet?
Anything up to 10A running load... A 100W light bulb or two, or a small space heater (10A or under)...

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Anything up to 10A running load... A 100W light bulb or two, or a small space heater (10A or under)...

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I've heard of folks using heating pads too, (like the kind you use for a sore neck...). Also, since light can be a bitch to beer, (although incandescents put out rather little UV, and CFLs are useless for heating), many folks prefer ceramic aquarium heater bulbs, (screw into any normal light bulb outlet), that only put out heat.
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What about wiring it up as a replacement for my freezer's thermostat? I know I have seen a write up on this but can't find it now. HELP! PLEASE!

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Good point on the UV from incandescent. I suppose a judiciously placed towel around the carboy would protect it from UV.

As far as the chest freezer bypass, personally I wouldn't do it. The freezer is already designed to go below the temperature of either of serving or fermentation. Just plug it into the temp controller, put the probe inside, and you're done. No messing with the freezer.

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