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Old 10-28-2007, 01:32 PM   #31
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Yuri

It's been about year now since you built this.

Hope you don't mind a few questions about the cabinet....

Are there any modifications that you've made?
Your thoughts on how it has performed?
What would you do different?

Is the insulation board sufficient?
How does the heater fair in colder ambient temps (> 0 and < 20F)?

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Old 10-28-2007, 02:02 PM   #32
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No mods. It works great for ales in the summer, but lagering has to wait for the winter. I can only maintain about 30 degrees less than ambient, so when temps are at 90+, lagering is right out. The heater works just fine in sub-freezing temps, but we don't see less than 20 down here in southern New Mexico.

What would I do differently? Hmm...perhaps a bigger A/C unit so that I could get the temps down enough for lagering year-round. Otherwise, this thing suits my needs just fine!

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Old 10-28-2007, 07:17 PM   #33
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Thanks Yuri.


I'm considering rotating the framing 2x4's 90° and filling the spaces with kraft back insulation batting, covering that with visqueen, and then the insulator board inside of that.

Looks like it's going to be my winter project!

Do the Ranco, or other, temp controllers have RS232 connections or the like?
It'd be nice to be able to collect temp info on the computer.

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Thanks Yuri.


I'm considering rotating the framing 2x4's 90° and filling the spaces with kraft back insulation batting, covering that with visqueen, and then the insulator board inside of that.

Looks like it's going to be my winter project!

Do the Ranco, or other, temp controllers have RS232 connections or the like?
It'd be nice to be able to collect temp info on the computer.
I don't think the Ranco controllers have RS232 connections readily available. However, check out Arduino microcontroller boards. For less than the cost of a 2-stage Ranco, you can make a multi-stage controller with all kinds of functionality (including USB communication). You just need a little programming skill and maybe some soldering ability.
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Old 10-28-2007, 10:27 PM   #35
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Thanks.

I'll check out the Arduino.
With 30 years of programming, I got that part covered.
And I've soldered a few things in my time.

Sounds like fun.

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I realize this thread is a few years old, but I want to build something like this, and I was wondering what you did for the door to the unit. I can't really tell from the pics, is it just a sheet of insulation that you move?
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