I kept hearing that temperature control is the most important thing to make good beer so i decided to make a temperature controlled fermenter out of an old fridge that i had. I went with the STC-1000 because they are cheap, can do heating and cooling, and I hear a lot of good things about them. I wanted to mount the STC right to the door of the fridge and have a switch to put the fridge back to "normal fridge mode" by request of SHMBO. [/IMG]
Hole in the fridge cut using a dremel
other side of the hole with some of the plastic cut away
STC-1000 installed into the electrical box and wired up
the outlet wiring, one goes to the sensor and the other to the heater (fermwrap)
powered up and working, yes, its a party fridge
The switch up is power to STC, middle is off and down is fridge on
LOL! Looks good! I mean to incorporate my STC-1000 into my ferm chamber this spring. Not sure where or how yet, as I also plan to finish the TARDIS remodel of it as well. It can hold 3-4 buckets now, but after the remodel it should hold a LOT more!
Great idea, but why the extra effort to make it "switchable" back to a "regular" fridge. You could just drop the temp to 38F or so and be golden. Much more stable control than the duty-cycle setting on the fridge thermostat. Plus, it's an OLD fridge. Oh well, you probably learned something along the project... Good job!