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Old 09-13-2013, 05:17 PM   #3751
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Any pictures? I'm curious how it looks and how ghetto it is.
The labels look crooked because I was laying out where to put them when I snapped this pic. I could have just used one controller, but I had two of them so I found a use for both. The pump controller was set up act as a safeguard in case something goes wrong during the mash, but gets more use as a mash temp monitor. I also use it to automatically start the recirc pump when the HLT reaches temp on the second of back to back batches. It actually looks a lot more ghetto than this now, because it got placed too close to a burner during a batch last year and everything got warped from the heat. A broken star-san bottle in my brewing supply tote also destroyed several of the labels, increasing the ghetto factor even further.

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Old 09-13-2013, 05:26 PM   #3752
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the labels look crooked because i was laying out where to put them when i snapped this pic. I could have just used one controller, but i had two of them so i found a use for both. The pump controller was set up act as a safeguard in case something goes wrong during the mash, but gets more use as a mash temp monitor. I also use it to automatically start the recirc pump when the hlt reaches temp on the second of back to back batches.


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Old 09-13-2013, 05:54 PM   #3753
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I just put pencil to paper and realized that if I make my BK do double duty as a HLT, I can jerry-rig a 2 vessel HERMS with improved wort chilling action for less than $500.

It will still have to wait until after Christmas, but this rocks.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:14 PM   #3754
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The labels look crooked because I was laying out where to put them when I snapped this pic. I could have just used one controller, but I had two of them so I found a use for both. The pump controller was set up act as a safeguard in case something goes wrong during the mash, but gets more use as a mash temp monitor. I also use it to automatically start the recirc pump when the HLT reaches temp on the second of back to back batches. It actually looks a lot more ghetto than this now, because it got placed too close to a burner during a batch last year and everything got warped from the heat. A broken star-san bottle in my brewing supply tote also destroyed several of the labels, increasing the ghetto factor even further.

That looks really nice actually. The melted case and "etched" labels are just to add that "industrial used" character. But you're replacing the tags, so it looks as good as new. Great idea, thanks for sharing that!

 
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:07 AM   #3755
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Hah! I'll see what I can do. No promises though.

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That looks really nice actually. The melted case and "etched" labels are just to add that "industrial used" character. But you're replacing the tags, so it looks as good as new. Great idea, thanks for sharing that!
I think you misunderstood, that pic is from the original build, not from me replacing the labels. I don't even have time to brew anymore, let alone to fix the labels. Trust me when I say it looks really ghetto today. The sad part is that it's still one of the less ghetto parts of my brew rig.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:01 AM   #3756
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CAD freaks planning a build, check out this Sketchup model of the STC-1000:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/sket...-enjoy-431892/

 
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:34 AM   #3757
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:23 AM   #3758
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So I am on page 51 and can't wait as I read through another 300 to find the answer.

Has anyone just wired the cooling side in place of the freezers thermostat? It seems a lot simpler and a lot less money because there is no extra pieces to buy. Then the heat can be wired to the heat side, install in the place of the dial thermostat and your good.

It is rated at 10 amps and my freezer is only 3.5 amps so it should work just fine.

 
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:20 AM   #3759
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So I am on page 51 and can't wait as I read through another 300 to find the answer.

Has anyone just wired the cooling side in place of the freezers thermostat? It seems a lot simpler and a lot less money because there is no extra pieces to buy. Then the heat can be wired to the heat side, install in the place of the dial thermostat and your good.

It is rated at 10 amps and my freezer is only 3.5 amps so it should work just fine.
That is exactly what I did. Removing the fridge thermostat and wired the controller in its place. You still need to find a hot and a neutral to power the stc 1000. One benefit of this is my refrigerator light still comes on when I open the door regardless of the compressor being on or off.
You would still need to wire an outlet for the heat side. My unit is in a warm room, and heating is never a problem.
This is on an old analog fridge without any frost free crap. Newer digital units may not be as easy to wire.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:45 PM   #3760
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Is the main readout on the STC1000 showing current temperature? Or target temperature? I would like to get one just as a temperature monitor for now and then use it for temperature control down the road...is this possible? I know there are temp monitors for a bit cheaper

 
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