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Old 10-25-2011, 07:55 PM   #2011
mistercameron
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You could always buy/make a thermowell to protect the probe. I remember seeing at least one build thread on these forums. Take the tubing, pinch/fold off one end, drop some solder down, then heat with a torch to liquefy and seal the hole.

 
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:57 PM   #2012
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Chemical bleaching. Hmm. Probably a good idea not to stick cheap chinese plastic crap into boiling water. Get an appropriate FOOD GRADE probe.

The other side of the idea is that its only a little bit and insignifigant. And if you boil it a few times in water first before brewing, it won't leach anything anyway...

It 'boils' down to What is the health risk? If there is one, the remedy is <$20.

Raymond

 
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:25 PM   #2013
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For heat, are you guys using just a standard light bulb from the store, or a heat bulb from a pet store or something......

What kind of fixture are you mounting it to.....


Thx

 
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:28 PM   #2014
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Lightbulb is fine. I actually had to downsize to a 40w bulb to prevent it cycling so often and wider temperature swings. My mistakes were I went too thin on styrofoam (1") so the heat loss was greater. Use the 2"+ foam and I bet tiny bulb would work (and use almost no electricity).

 
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:47 PM   #2015
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Do you put anything to block the light from the fermenters? Maybe like an aluminum shield or something?

 
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:06 PM   #2016
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I block the light with the standard tshirt around the fermenter.

 
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:42 PM   #2017
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Use a ceramic reptile bulb

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Old 10-26-2011, 03:51 AM   #2018
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For heat, are you guys using just a standard light bulb from the store, or a heat bulb from a pet store or something......

What kind of fixture are you mounting it to.....


Thx
I built this and it works great. Think it cost about 8 bucks.

http://www.wortomatic.com/articles/F...ion-Can-Heater

 
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:47 PM   #2019
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Not sure if anyone has tried this but it does all fit in the radio shack 6'' x 4'' x 2'' project box. It's is really tight and wiring it was kind of a pain. The 8 position barrier strip isn't even screwed down, it's literally jammed in between the box wall on one side and the side plate of the outlet unit on the other. Also you have to snip the plastic screw nubbin that holds the plate on the back of the controller. I wired it with some spare romex I had lying around, but stranded wire would probably make it easier to route the wires. Nice and compact though.




 
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:06 PM   #2020
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Not sure if anyone has tried this but it does all fit in the radio shack 6'' x 4'' x 2'' project box. It's is really tight and wiring it was kind of a pain. The 8 position barrier strip isn't even screwed down, it's literally jammed in between the box wall on one side and the side plate of the outlet unit on the other. Also you have to snip the plastic screw nubbin that holds the plate on the back of the controller. I wired it with some spare romex I had lying around, but stranded wire would probably make it easier to route the wires. Nice and compact though.
Very nice. I did a similar thing in an even SMALLER project box. I couldn't use the plate and had to cut the nubbin off just so the controller could fit inside at all. I used a single outlet since it's only being used for cooling and had to cut chunks of of the plastic screw receivers in the end of it to get the outlet to fit in the end, and I had to cut off parts of the outlet that were a little extraneous with tin snips.

The result is a very compact box and I'm quite happy with it. It was a lot more work than if I had used a bigger box though.

 
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