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Old 09-08-2012, 07:05 AM   #11
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Are you using a brew belt to heat the air because you are not using a Thermowell and therefore having it wrapped on the fermenter would be less accurate? Im not sure if I'm making any sense...why not put the belt on the fermenter?

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Old 09-11-2012, 04:27 PM   #12
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Mainly, out of lazyness to be honest. With the probe taped to the side of the fermenter, I get a pretty good (not as good as a thermowell, but ok) reading on what the beer temperature is. The little bit of heat that the belt needs to produce from time to time seems to transfer to the thermal mass of the beer ok. It's not as efficient as it would be if strapped around the bottle, that is true. Most of the time the chamber is cooling rather than heating anyway, so it hasn't been much of a problem.

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:36 PM   #13
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In case anyone is looking at other Haier models (say, on Craigslist), I can share that the 42 bottle HVF042ABL model has the same configuration and you can follow fall-line's process (and photos). The circuit board is even the same (has BC112G0 stamped on it). Maybe it's even the same damn thing and they figured out how to "fit" more bottles into it and rebranded it as a 42 bottle cooler???

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Old 12-06-2012, 08:59 PM   #14
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Good info, thanks for sharing. I think all of the Haier units of this generation share the same control system. I also have a 60 bottle unit that we actually use for wine, and as far as I can tell, it is wired the same.

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Hi everybody I'm actually going to pick up a Haier HEC 30 bottle wine cooler I found on eBay for $75 tomorrow.

Do you guys know if this is the same as the Haier BC112G cause it looks exactly the same and if so will my 6 gallon better bottle with spigot fit inside?

Also are you guys able to set the regular external temp to a specific temp like say 66 degrees?

Thanks!

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I almost bought one of these today off Craigslist, but it was gone by the time i got to it.
I am a little concerned with the temp controller only going down to 45 degrees... I want to be able to crash it down to a pretty low temp.
If I used a ST 1000, and bypassed the built in thermostat, think that would work?

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I almost bought one of these today off Craigslist, but it was gone by the time i got to it.
I am a little concerned with the temp controller only going down to 45 degrees... I want to be able to crash it down to a pretty low temp.
If I used a ST 1000, and bypassed the built in thermostat, think that would work?
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I almost bought one of these today off Craigslist, but it was gone by the time i got to it.
I am a little concerned with the temp controller only going down to 45 degrees... I want to be able to crash it down to a pretty low temp.
If I used a ST 1000, and bypassed the built in thermostat, think that would work?
Yep, please see the first post in this thread. The photos detail exactly how I bypassed the internal thermostat and used an external controller.
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Hi everybody I'm actually going to pick up a Haier HEC 30 bottle wine cooler I found on eBay for $75 tomorrow.

Do you guys know if this is the same as the Haier BC112G cause it looks exactly the same and if so will my 6 gallon better bottle with spigot fit inside?

Also are you guys able to set the regular external temp to a specific temp like say 66 degrees?

Thanks!
Sorry nobody was able to reply before you went to get it. I can't find any info on that specific model, but if it looks the same as the one in my original post, it should be no problem.

As stated in the first few posts of the thread, if you use an external temp controller like the HTC-100 or Love controller as I did, you can hold a specific temperature very well. The internal control mechanism works pretty well (cool only) but only holds within a ~6ºF range based on my experiments.

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I almost bought one of these today off Craigslist, but it was gone by the time i got to it.
I am a little concerned with the temp controller only going down to 45 degrees... I want to be able to crash it down to a pretty low temp.
If I used a ST 1000, and bypassed the built in thermostat, think that would work?
I have a 50-ish bottle Haier wine chiller with the glass door (probably can't get as low as the fridge), and it will go well below 32F. I ran it without the controller, and it went from 68F to 30F in about 30 minutes with nothing in it. I shut it off, but it would have gone well below 32F. The lowest setting on the units thermostat is around 50F.

All of these are likely similar.
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