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Old 10-02-2012, 05:17 PM   #21
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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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Old 10-02-2012, 05:39 PM   #22
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If you want to copy his build to a T, you can get the temp conversion table for the controller here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...ml#post3330382

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Old 10-14-2012, 06:03 AM   #23
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Would it be possible to use a Ranco Two Stage Controller to achieve the same results. I don't really trust myself electrically but like the idea of the wine fridge.

Also, where can I learn more about bypassing the thermostat?

What do I need to do to splice the wires and reconnect them?

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Old 10-14-2012, 02:14 PM   #24
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Would it be possible to use a Ranco Two Stage Controller to achieve the same results.
I don't see why not.
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:22 PM   #25
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What do I need to do to splice the wires and reconnect them?
Cut the two wires, strip them, splice them together using a wire nut and cover in electrical tape as shown in the photo. Nothing needs to be done with the other end of the wires that go into the fridge to the thermostat. I would just cover the ends of those with electrical tape.
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:07 PM   #26
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I also recently completed an ebay temp controller, but also made a thermowell out of a corny dip tube. Cut the tube in half, crimped one end with a hammer and used a vise to crimp tight, followed by rolling the steel over three times with pliers. This seals the dip tube up without the need for glue or soldering. I don't think I would have done the thermowell with glue/solder.

Now with the ebay temp controller and thermowell, reading from the center of the carboy has provided much better temp control than my Johnson A419 with the probe stuck to the side of the carboy. I think it is also better because in my chambers, the fan blows air that seems to trick the surface temp controller even with a medium covering the actual probe.

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Would a reptile "under tank heating pad work?

http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-ReptiT...at+pad+reptile

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Would a reptile "under tank heating pad work?

http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-ReptiT...at+pad+reptile
It should, what I'm using is a reptile heater.
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http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-ReptiT...at+pad+reptile
How many watts is it?
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:46 AM   #30
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How many watts is it?
16 watts what do you think?
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