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Old 02-22-2010, 03:00 PM   #1
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Does anyone know any really good methods of keeping a consistent temperature that doesn't cost very much money? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

 
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:04 PM   #2
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keeping things cooler is easy enough if you put your fermenter in a tub with a few inches of water in it and toss some frozen water bottles in there a couple times a day.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:10 PM   #3
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There is also the T-shirt and fan method. No ice, shallower tub, T-shirt wicks the water up, fan creates evaporation and thus, cooling.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:11 PM   #4
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And using that same tub and an inexpensive (75W or so) aquarium heater will keep it warm.

 
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:20 PM   #5
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to heat

Plastic tub at target $7. http://www.target.com/Rope-Tub-Viole...c%20tub&page=1

put fermenter in tub, fill space around fermenter with enough water to hit the 4-4.5 gallon mark on your fermenter.

Add aquarium heater. This one works well since most other aquarium heaters have too high of a minimum temperature to be useful. Temp range for this one is 64F+ and if you want you can trick its calibration to get to as low as 62 ish. 75W has worked well. Can usually find for ~$20 online http://www.eheim.de/eheim/inhalte/in...ail_24552_ehen

Total cost <$30.

 
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:03 PM   #6
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awesome. I'll buy 3 of these then. Do you thik buying a larger tub and putting 2 fermenters in it will help me save money by using one temp controller for 2 fermenterS? How many gallons can this thing keep controlled?

 
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:10 PM   #7
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nevermind. Looks like a $20.00 100 W one will heat 30 Gallons! Thanks guys!

 
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:22 PM   #8
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This is next on my to buy list:

http://morebeer.com/search?search=carboy+heater&=Search

but you will probably have to add:

http://morebeer.com/view_product/666...ood_Thermowell

and one of these:

http://morebeer.com/view_product/166...ller_Not_Wired

I know you can find a better price on the Ranco, not sure about the other two though..

 
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:57 PM   #9
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Quote:
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Add aquarium heater.
That is by far the best suggestion I have seen yet. This is exactly what I was looking for.

Now, if they could only do the same exact thing to cool the water, I would be in brew heaven.

 
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:00 PM   #10
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That is by far the best suggestion I have seen yet. This is exactly what I was looking for.

Now, if they could only do the same exact thing to cool the water, I would be in brew heaven.
Cooling is easy too.

Need ALOT of water to act as a giant heat sink and then keep that heat sink cool by adding a few frozen bottles of water twice a day.

Works great.

 
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