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Old 03-16-2013, 05:32 PM   #3481
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Don't they all have condensers? I know some are exposed on the rear and others are built into the sides and top.
Some small dorm room coolers use Peltier thermoelectric cooling. From what I have read in other HBT threads on building fermentation chambers, while they may work for ales they don't seem to reach lagering temps.

There are dozens of threads on fermentation chamber builds. What you end up with depends on what you need both in function and in size / looks, as well as price.


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Old 03-17-2013, 02:29 PM   #3482
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Default Used STC1000 for the first time - Success!

I used a 7.5 cubic meter freezer and STC-1000 for the first time over the past few weeks, after brewing an English bitter. It allowed me to keep a steady 65 degrees during fermentation, and last night I used it to cold-crash the beer in preparation to racking it into a korny keg. The freezer is in the garage, and as temperatures were below freezing last night, I just connected a small, covered lamp to the "hot" side and placed the lamp inside the freezer to keep the beer cold - but not solid! It held at a steady 34 degrees F.

I also plan to use it to keep my beer at the proper temperature for carbonating and serving. It has worked flawlessly so far and seems perfect for the small scale (one beer/one cooler) operation that I have going. If in the future I want to purchase another cooler in order to expand out a bit, I'll definitely get another one of these controllers.

I am thinking of getting another one to monitor mash tun temperatures. Does anyone know what the upper temperature limits are for this device?

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Old 03-17-2013, 04:37 PM   #3483
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I am thinking of getting another one to monitor mash tun temperatures. Does anyone know what the upper temperature limits are for this device?
Max working temp - 60C
Max storage temp - 75C
Max control temp - 99C
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:51 AM   #3484
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Some small dorm room coolers use Peltier thermoelectric cooling. From what I have read in other HBT threads on building fermentation chambers, while they may work for ales they don't seem to reach lagering temps.

There are dozens of threads on fermentation chamber builds. What you end up with depends on what you need both in function and in size / looks, as well as price.
Whoa, thanks for the vocabulary lesson. I felt like something like this existed, but didn't know the name or that it was used in everyday stuff.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:57 PM   #3486
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Just built my third controller. One for the keezer (one switched outlet, one always on) and two dual-stage controllers for my fermentation chambers. Thanks so much for this thread!

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Is there a way just to search and see all the pictures in a given thread?

I've read that some have used a 4x4x2 junction box - I'm trying to determine if the controller will fit in the face (4x4) side or if it has to be fitted to one of the sides due to the depth?
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Is there a way just to search and see all the pictures in a given thread?

I've read that some have used a 4x4x2 junction box - I'm trying to determine if the controller will fit in the face (4x4) side or if it has to be fitted to one of the sides due to the depth?
It's way more than 2" deep. No question. EDIT: It's 3.34 inches deep.
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I did the 4-4-2 box and it worked okay. Had to nip and trim some stuff inside, but it all fit.
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This document is great. It is clear, concise, has pictures; hard to go wrong building a single dual-stage controller if you follow these directions.
I followed these directions and the parts list was very good. I made a slight change at the end and put the face of the controller on the large side of the box instead of the narrow side. It fits barely but without the wiring protector at the back of the controller. No biggie since the box is all plastic.


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