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Old 07-17-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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Is there any reason a temperature controller like this would not work for a refrigerator fermentation setup? Or even to control the fans in a son of fermentation chilller? It was about $35 I think at Menard's near my home.

Lux - Programmable Thermostats: WIN100

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Old 07-17-2009, 02:41 PM   #2
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Wow, that seems like a good deal. As long as your fridge doesn't draw more than 15 amps, and I can't see why it would, you are good. You would need to get the thermowell in the fridge somehow.
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:49 PM   #3
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... You would need to get the thermowell in the fridge somehow.
Yeah, there is probably a thermistor chip on the circuit board so you would want to de-soldier it and put it on a wire to extend it into the fridge.

See: ENGINERDIA: Fermentation Temperature Controller about half way down the page to get an idea.
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Old 07-19-2009, 03:34 AM   #4
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I've been using one of those for quite a while. I love it and highly recommend it!

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/temp...troller-49559/

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Old 07-19-2009, 03:51 AM   #5
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Only goes down to 45. No good for lagering... and quite a few styles of beer in a kegerator.
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:03 AM   #6
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So just disable the controller and use the fridge's built-in thermostat when you need to go colder than 45.
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:16 AM   #7
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Has anyone tried these?: Freezer Conversion Thermostat - Remote Bulb Freezer Conversion Thermostat [Thermostat - Port-Ext-8] - $35.00 : CHI Company ball lock kegs for sale, Home brewing and vending, beer kegs, Pepsi vending machines, flavor strips and vending labels

This would go to as low a temperature as you could need, and costs the same.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:26 PM   #8
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I don't have one yet but the lux also has a temp offset setting of up to 5 degrees, so I would think you could offset 45 to 50 and get it to go down to an actual temp of 40 which is just about right.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:29 PM   #9
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Also the lux has a remote thermo probe already on a short wire, you should only need to extend the prob into the freezer.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:38 PM   #10
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Just saw that amazon has these on sale for ~$30 with free shipping.

Should be a nice cheap controller for anyone that needs one.

http://www.amazon.com/Lux-Heating-Co...cmu_pg__header

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