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Old 10-22-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default Can you ferment ales in a compact fridge?

I want better fermentation temp control and I was wondering if all I need is a compact fridge and a digital temperature controller to achieve this?

Will a fridge be able to maintain a constant 68F with this equipment?

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I want better fermentation temp control and I was wondering if all I need is a compact fridge and a digital temperature controller to achieve this?

Will a fridge be able to maintain a constant 68F with this equipment?
Yes.

Here's a good example:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/haier-nucool-fermentation-132499/
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I've been using a Haier NuCool 2.8 with great success. Here's a good thread discussing what modifications are needed and what will fit in there:

Haier NuCool for fermentation

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Dang... Beat me to it. :P

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Dang... Beat me to it. :P
I use your own thread against you!
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So, should I just stick the probe anywhere inside the fridge, or should I tape it to the fermenter?

Also, if I tape the probe on the fermenter, do I have to adjust the digital temp controller a few degrees lower than the fermentation temp, i.e. 68F, that I want?

I heard that the actual fermentation temp will be warmer than the ambient temp.

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So, should I just stick the probe anywhere inside the fridge, or should I tape it to the fermenter?

Also, if I tape the probe on the fermenter, do I have to adjust the digital temp controller a few degrees lower than the fermentation temp, i.e. 68F, that I want?

I heard that the actual fermentation temp will be warmer than the ambient temp.
Closer the better.

Further away, the larger the adjustment, and you lower the adjustment as fermentation chills out.

You heard correctly.
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Closer the better.

Further away, the larger the adjustment, and you lower the adjustment as fermentation chills out.

You heard correctly.
So, how accurate will the probe measure the fermentation temp if taped to the side of the fermenter?

Also, what do you mean I have to lower the setting when fermentation chills out? Wouldn't I want to bring the temp back up?
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Personally, I just tape the probe to the fermenter, set it to the temperature I want to ferment at and call it a day.

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Old 10-22-2009, 04:27 PM   #10
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If I knew that all I needed was a compact fridge and digital temp controller to achieve accurate fermentation control I would have invested in this a long time ago.

Good riddance tubs and bottles of ice.

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