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Old 12-11-2010, 12:15 PM   #511
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I use a 75 watt bulb in one of those holders that has the metal shield, got it at Menards for about $4. It's held 49° temp, doing a lager, for three weeks and the temp here has gotten down to 9°. The chest freezer is in my garage. I also run a small computer fan to circulate the air.

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Old 12-11-2010, 03:33 PM   #512
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Yep, a small lamp or light bulb, or even a reptile heater.

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Thanks for the suggestions, but isn't light supposed to be bad for your brew?
Wouldn't running a light bulb to keep the temp. up negatively effect the beer?

Schupaul, what kind of heating pad would that be?

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Old 12-11-2010, 06:38 PM   #514
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Thanks for the suggestions, but isn't light supposed to be bad for your brew?
Wouldn't running a light bulb to keep the temp. up negatively effect the beer?

Schupaul, what kind of heating pad would that be?

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It's UV light that is bad for the beer. Incandescent bulbs essentially produce no UV light. I've had a 40W light bulb heater in my fermentation fridge for years with no illeffects. You can always cover it with foil, too.

Or get one of the ceramic bulbs that are used to produce heat and no light at all.
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Or get one of the ceramic bulbs that are used to produce heat and no light at all.
That's what I'm using and it works great...
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:32 AM   #516
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Thank you for the reply's.
I had the impression that all light is bad for beer.

Would this be a good choice?

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Old 12-12-2010, 08:25 AM   #517
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Would this be a good choice?
Yep. It's the same one I use and it works great.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:22 PM   #518
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Default Okay, so I am having a problem...not powering up

I bought this temp controller several months ago and didn't find an appropriate fridge for ferm. chamber till last week, free, of course.

I wired up the controller with a cord off an old cable box, but no power.
I used an old wall wart, no power.

Do I need the probe and outputs wired in first?

Fridge is all cleaned and painted and ready to go and now this glitch is killin me

Thanks guys.



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Old 12-14-2010, 05:49 PM   #519
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are you feeding it 120V? without any other connections you should still get it to turn on, but you'll get "EE" in the screen (if I remember correctly) if the temp probe isn't wired in. make sure you push and hold the power button.

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Default 110v, yeah.

It says it's the correct one- '110VAC, 50Hz/60Hz' marks below the power screws.
Not getting anything.

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