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Old 03-16-2013, 10:52 PM   #131
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Just picked mine up from HD as well. Been hunting for this guy for a while, no luck in any of my local stores. I was traveling in Long Island for work when I drove past this particular HD when I decided to stop in and check, not thinking I'd find it... But there it was, last one in stock on clearance for $117! It was like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Stoked!

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Old 03-17-2013, 04:42 AM   #132
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Have a chance to get one cheap on Craigslist.

Just want to clarify:
The 52-bottle Vissani will fit a standard plastic fermenting bucket with no mods?
With a Johnson temp controller it will work 60-64 degree temps?

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Old 03-17-2013, 12:02 PM   #133
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Have a chance to get one cheap on Craigslist.

Just want to clarify:
The 52-bottle Vissani will fit a standard plastic fermenting bucket with no mods?
With a Johnson temp controller it will work 60-64 degree temps?
Yes, buckets and carboys will fit with no mods. In this thread there is a post I put up with photos of each in there.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:46 PM   #134
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Have a chance to get one cheap on Craigslist.

Just want to clarify:
The 52-bottle Vissani will fit a standard plastic fermenting bucket with no mods?
With a Johnson temp controller it will work 60-64 degree temps?
The 7.9g wine pail will not fit.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:29 PM   #135
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I fit a large diameter bucket that I use for my 6 gallon wine kits. I just have to put a spacer under the front edge of the bucket to tip it back a bit.

A few counter clock wise turns on the screw in the thermostat, and I was getting ice to form when I put a pot of water in the cooler, so 60-64 should not be a problem. I think un-modified it was pulling down to 52 deg F.

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Old 03-18-2013, 03:05 PM   #136
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Picked up the used Vissani yesterday!

Looking for recommendations on which Johnson Control unit would work best to keep ale temps:
the $53 Johnson Controls A19AAT-2C Freezer Temperature Controller
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the $72 Johnson Controls Digital Thermostat Control Unit

Read the reviews of the A19AAT-2C and that seemed like it would work.
Just wondering what the rest of you are using and why.

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Old 03-19-2013, 12:16 AM   #137
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Many of us have done the ebay STC-1000 controller build. They are easy and fairly cheap.

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Old 03-19-2013, 06:00 AM   #138
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Picked up the used Vissani yesterday!

Looking for recommendations on which Johnson Control unit would work best to keep ale temps:
the $53 Johnson Controls A19AAT-2C Freezer Temperature Controller
or
the $72 Johnson Controls Digital Thermostat Control Unit

Read the reviews of the A19AAT-2C and that seemed like it would work.
Just wondering what the rest of you are using and why.

Get a 2 stage controller so you can heat too
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:29 PM   #139
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Get a 2 stage controller so you can heat too
Excuse another dumb question, so bear with me:

Why would I need a two-stage for a fridge?
I'm unclear on how heat control (or even how it would work on a fridge) is different from just controlling the fridge temp.

Thanks...!
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Excuse another dumb question, so bear with me:

Why would I need a two-stage for a fridge?
I'm unclear on how heat control (or even how it would work on a fridge) is different from just controlling the fridge temp.

Thanks...!
Sometimes you may want to raise the temperature. For example with a lager you would raise the temperature for a diacetal rest. Or if you do stepped fermentation where you progressively raise the temperature to keep the yeast more active or such. If your space is on the cold side you won't be able to raise the temperature without a heat source.

Also, it provides for tighter temperature control. The fridge may overshoot a degree or two by itself so the heater can keep you in a tighter band.
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