Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Fermenters > ebay aquarium temp controller build
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-03-2012, 10:37 PM   #3181
toddzio
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 15
Default Using STC-1000 to run a pump?/Is this a workable plan?

This thread is so informative thanks!
My STC-1000 is on a slow boat from China as we speak. I want to ask has anyone used one to control a water pump?

I ask because SWMBO won't allow me another fridge for Beer, apparently one chest freezer for beer purposes is enough... I don't get it but she makes the rules.
So my plan is to make a fermentation chamber out of insulation and plywood, put an ice chest on top, put a pump in that hooked up to the STC-1000 and use frozen milk jugs full of water to cool water pumped into the fermentation chamber.
I plan on putting a coil of copper tube inside a 3" pvc pipe with a computer fan circulating air through the tube as a heat exchanger inside the chamber.

Does this seem like a workable plan?


toddzio is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 10:43 PM   #3182
JuanMoore
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
JuanMoore's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: The Old Pueblo
Posts: 18,139
Liked 3335 Times on 3226 Posts
Likes Given: 20

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by toddzio View Post
This thread is so informative thanks!
My STC-1000 is on a slow boat from China as we speak. I want to ask has anyone used one to control a water pump?

I ask because SWMBO won't allow me another fridge for Beer, apparently one chest freezer for beer purposes is enough... I don't get it but she makes the rules.
So my plan is to make a fermentation chamber out of insulation and plywood, put an ice chest on top, put a pump in that hooked up to the STC-1000 and use frozen milk jugs full of water to cool water pumped into the fermentation chamber.
I plan on putting a coil of copper tube inside a 3" pvc pipe with a computer fan circulating air through the tube as a heat exchanger inside the chamber.

Does this seem like a workable plan?
Seems like it would work to me.


__________________
Keezer Soze

Yuri rubs it out with 60 grit... wouldn't even feel a tenga egg. -Randar

, place entry ox dixla to suck. Fcxk fwnpoo and passed. Hel an my spupid ass. OK. - TXCrash
JuanMoore is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 11:35 PM   #3183
Polboy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 916
Liked 35 Times on 28 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by toddzio View Post
This thread is so informative thanks!
My STC-1000 is on a slow boat from China as we speak. I want to ask has anyone used one to control a water pump?

I ask because SWMBO won't allow me another fridge for Beer, apparently one chest freezer for beer purposes is enough... I don't get it but she makes the rules.
So my plan is to make a fermentation chamber out of insulation and plywood, put an ice chest on top, put a pump in that hooked up to the STC-1000 and use frozen milk jugs full of water to cool water pumped into the fermentation chamber.
I plan on putting a coil of copper tube inside a 3" pvc pipe with a computer fan circulating air through the tube as a heat exchanger inside the chamber.

Does this seem like a workable plan?
I use it to control water pump, works great but my design is little different, you can find more detail in my thread here (go to post 18 for summary):
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/offi...ontrol-289108/
Its walk away system, just punch desire temp in stc and it will keep set up temp between 55 and 90F, i could probably insulate box and get it in to high 40 for lagers, o and i sold the idea of having water cooler in the house to my
wife by making it actually usable for original purpose (you know drinking water)
Polboy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2012, 01:07 AM   #3184
241
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 643
Liked 81 Times on 62 Posts
Likes Given: 206

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wheelspin
Just got my STC-1000 today and am a electrical wiring moron . Please advise.

I've looked at the diagram on the back of the unit and it suggests that I could simply .......

1) Wire the mains input into 1 and 2.

2) Probe wires obviously go to 3 and 4.

3) Connect my 100 watt heating lamp directly into 5 and 6

4) Connect the power to freezer power directly into 7 and 8.

5) Turn my freezer thermostat onto MAX.

Is this method correct ? Or am I missing something ??

Any advice much appreciated.
I like the diagram and video here:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/stc-...estion-362214/

I'm a complete noob to wiring and that worked perfectly for me. Currently holding temps for a little starter batch and tomorrow it gets 5 gal of holiday ale...
241 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2012, 11:01 AM   #3185
jeepinjeepin
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 6,392
Liked 1043 Times on 1022 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by toddzio
This thread is so informative thanks!
My STC-1000 is on a slow boat from China as we speak. I want to ask has anyone used one to control a water pump?

I ask because SWMBO won't allow me another fridge for Beer, apparently one chest freezer for beer purposes is enough... I don't get it but she makes the rules.
So my plan is to make a fermentation chamber out of insulation and plywood, put an ice chest on top, put a pump in that hooked up to the STC-1000 and use frozen milk jugs full of water to cool water pumped into the fermentation chamber.
I plan on putting a coil of copper tube inside a 3" pvc pipe with a computer fan circulating air through the tube as a heat exchanger inside the chamber.

Does this seem like a workable plan?
That sounds good to me. The other option would be having the carboy in a water bath and having the copper coil in there. I was actually thinking about doing that with glycol and my kegerator freezer before I snagged some minifridges.
__________________
Walmart is about the only reason for open or concealed carry that I can get behind. -Randar
jeepinjeepin is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2012, 01:45 AM   #3186
ianoconnor
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 13
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 56

Default

Just finished wiring mine tonight, and it is working correctly! This was my first foray into electrical wiring, so I'm pretty pleased with myself, haha.


Thanks everyone for such a great thread.
ianoconnor is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2012, 03:15 PM   #3187
fergusmj
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Lafayette, IN
Posts: 143
Liked 12 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Just got mine completed last week. Pretty easy to do. 1 hot, 1 cold outlet. The Cord is going out the back so I can sit it flat on top of the mini-fridge I'm going to use for my fermentation chamber.

The digital display is not that crooked...but the picture makes it look like it is.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Ebay Temp Controller.jpg
Views:	631
Size:	36.8 KB
ID:	88028  
fergusmj is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2012, 05:38 PM   #3188
Roadliner
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Roadliner's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Neenah, Wisconsin
Posts: 830
Liked 70 Times on 51 Posts
Likes Given: 119

Default

So many pages! Do I want the 110 or 220?
Roadliner is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2012, 05:49 PM   #3189
cheesecake
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Palatine il
Posts: 1,010
Liked 28 Times on 28 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Roadliner View Post
So many pages! Do I want the 110 or 220?
If your in the us 110
__________________
Primary:
Secondary:
Bottled:Plum Wine,Centennial Blonde,Sweet Browns HOP POP,Bruxeles Blonde bbs,American BarleyWine,RIS,
cheesecake is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2012, 10:18 PM   #3190
Roadliner
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Roadliner's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Neenah, Wisconsin
Posts: 830
Liked 70 Times on 51 Posts
Likes Given: 119

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cheesecake

If your in the us 110
Excellent, thanks


Roadliner is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DIY temp controller build android Other 100 05-09-2013 01:14 PM
Control Fermentation temp with Aquarium Heater chemist308 General Techniques 20 12-14-2012 11:13 PM
question about "aquarium temperature controller" SamBrewer General Techniques 12 02-26-2011 06:30 PM
Attic Fan Temp Controller = Inexpensive Fermentation Controller???? Beernip General Techniques 5 06-16-2009 04:30 PM
Brutus Build Controller Box? gruversm Brew Stands 9 03-27-2009 03:54 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS