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Old 02-28-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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Purchased an aquarium heater multi temperature control on it, am I best to either.
1: place cord through a rubber bung in top of my fermentation bucket directly into wort, or
2: place bucket in another larger bucket of water with the heater in that ?
Is one way likely to be better than the other

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Old 02-28-2013, 04:58 PM   #2
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Is it a heater, or a temperature controller for a heater?

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Old 02-28-2013, 04:59 PM   #3
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When I have used them I used option #2

EDIT: dawgmatic has a good question.....
I assumed a heater and not a temp probe.

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Go with #2. The thought of putting anything but an airlock in my bung gives me the willys!

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Your temperature control of the beer will be better with option 2 as the heater must have a little difference between its turn on temp and turn off temp. The larger volume will dampen those.

I agree with Bleme, I don't want anything but beer inside my fermenter.

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agreed. I have had an aquarium heater explode in my water bath before. I couldn't imagine how pissed I would be if it happened in my beer.
I used a floating thermometer in the water bath to make sure everything is were its supposed to be.

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Thanks all will go with putting in water bath then was just concerned with the difference in wort and water temperatures

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