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Old 08-12-2012, 02:16 AM   #2911
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Just got around to taking a few pics of my build. I used the Radio Shack box and mounting everything inside box instead of to the cover. I used black Decora recepticals, easier to machine the openings. I have one each for the heat & cool side and one pass through on the bottom. The indicator lights let me see from a distance what mode it's in, if I had to do it again, I wouldn't bother. Of course I had to engrave the nomenclature, one day I might fill it with white paint.








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Old 08-13-2012, 02:19 PM   #2912
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Open log Fermenting and gas-can secondary?? I am planning my next brew right now!!
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:30 PM   #2913
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Last day of the sale - mixtea (I believe a recommended seller here on this thread) has these going for $21.59 w/ free shipping.

I purchased two more of these for two ferm chambers I'm putting together. Already bought my keezer one from mixtea and it arrived in about 2 weeks to Seattle area.

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Old 08-13-2012, 09:55 PM   #2914
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I wanted to let you guys know of a great product I came across. (I have no affiliation with this company by the way...)
Over at StainlessBrewing.com he is selling these 1/2"OD thermowells. I have had mine just over a week. It is already on it's second fermentation. Here is a picture of mine the day I got it in the mail.


Here is a good picture from this morning showing that the carboy cap seals up NICELY. This was quite active and blew off quite a bit. No krausen came out of the carboy cap around the thermowell.


The sensor probe on the STC-1000 has PLENTY of room and inserts down the I.D. of the tube with no problem at all.

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Old 08-13-2012, 10:11 PM   #2915
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I wanted to let you guys know of a great product I came across. (I have no affiliation with this company by the way...)
Over at StainlessBrewing.com he is selling these 1/2"OD thermowells. I have had mine just over a week. It is already on it's second fermentation. Here is a picture of mine the day I got it in the mail.


Here is a good picture from this morning showing that the carboy cap seals up NICELY. This was quite active and blew off quite a bit. No krausen came out of the carboy cap around the thermowell.


The sensor probe on the STC-1000 has PLENTY of room and inserts down the I.D. of the tube with no problem at all.
How did you sense the temp before? Taped to the side of the carboy?
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:43 PM   #2916
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Yes, the way the OP wired it works for both hot and cold. The schematic you're after is in the very first post of this thread.

Thanks. I focused my drunken brain and figured it out. At the time, I was paranoid that it might not work properly... And having a slightly clearer diagram would have only helped.

It's currently helping me brew a 10 gallon batch of Ed Wort's hefeweizen. I'm a proud papa.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:10 PM   #2917
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How did you sense the temp before? Taped to the side of the carboy?
Yes.
-Tape
-Folded kitchen towel
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-Glass wall of carboy
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Just read around and it seems that many prefer to try and keep the beer temp in check over ambient. I have my ambient set to 64 right now, US-05 repitch (w/starter) in a session PA. I think the internal ferm temps will still be fine, but next time I will tape it to the side of the FV with insulating material covering it. I may also install a small fan in the FC.

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How were you measuring temps before? If you are controlling with an STC-1000 you really don't want that probe in open air. It will cause too frequent cycling because the air cools so much faster than wort.

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How were you measuring temps before? If you are controlling with an STC-1000 you really don't want that probe in open air. It will cause too frequent cycling because the air cools so much faster than wort.
In a beer-bottle full of water. It buffers a lot of the temp change but again, it only controls "ambient" as it affects a liquid...but doesn't take into account the exothermic reactions inside the beer that cause the internal temp to rise.
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