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Old 05-01-2012, 12:38 AM   #11
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nice build! and thanks for wearing pants!

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Old 05-01-2012, 01:23 AM   #12
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Hey Chris,

Just got my controller built this weekend and wanted to ask:

1. Once you bypass the t-stat, if you were to plug it into the wall without the controller, would it just run all the time and never stop? I'm planning on just using it for fermenting ales, so if I just crank the built-in temp control dial all the way up, I should be OK, right?

2. Did you do anything special to pass the heater power cable and temp sensor into the fridge, or did you just let the seal close on top of them?

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1. Yes, once bypassed the fridge would run all the time if plugged straight into the wall.

2. I didn't do anything special for the heat or sensor wires.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:27 AM   #13
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I currently have a lager going right now. I fermented at 54F but since my garage is colder than that (around 50F); the chamber really only heated. I also brought it up to 66F for a d-rest. I'm currenty bringing it down to a lager temp of 36F. I'll post up how it goes, but no issues so far.
As an update the fridge maintained just fine at lager temp. Enjoying one of those lagers right now.
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:47 PM   #14
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Awesome build! Any idea if you can fit a 6.5 gallon glass carboy in there? If so I might pick a couple of these up.

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Old 09-13-2012, 12:48 AM   #15
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Awesome build! Any idea if you can fit a 6.5 gallon glass carboy in there? If so I might pick a couple of these up.
I would think so, I know a 6 gallon one fits with three piece airlock.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:23 PM   #16
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It's funny this thread came back to life today because I'm doing my first fermentation with it (brewed on Sunday) even though I've had it for a while. I'm using the ebay aquarium controller and it's been working great.

Until now, I was using it to chill my finished brews. I had it on the max setting (7 I think) and set the controller. When I had it on 7 and it was operating more than it is now, it would occasionally make a loud thwack sound. Anyone else heard this fridge do that?

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Old 09-16-2012, 12:08 PM   #17
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That is awesome!
I ordered my controller. I have this same exact fridge, and I'm going to copy this to the T.

Care to post a diagram of the wiring or would I be able to figure this out?

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Old 09-16-2012, 01:40 PM   #18
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You should be able to figure it out, but if not there are plenty of threads on how to wire the Ebay controller.

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Old 09-29-2012, 07:40 PM   #19
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Thanks for the idea. I pretty much copied it and since I have a Vissani cooler just like that I will proceed with bypassing the thermostat on that thing and use the controller.



My wiring Not the neatest but it's good.


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This is the diagram I used (from Brew Magazine)

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Old 10-01-2012, 04:58 AM   #20
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Guys who have built these... It looks like the controller completely moderates power to the fridge--so either the fridge is energized and the compressor is running, or the fridge is totally powerless, with no light or temp display active. Correct?

Thanks to everyone for the great pics and details. This is exactly the kind of thing I need to better enable my 5 gal bucket habit.

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