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Old 10-14-2011, 10:21 PM   #11
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I'm trying a 50W heating pad now with success in controlling my fermenter at 72F with my basement temperature at 68F. .

Not to burst your bubble, but you would probably be much better off fermenting at 68 than 72 anyway. How cold does your basement get in the winter?


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Old 10-14-2011, 10:50 PM   #12
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Fermentation was done cooler (65ish) for over a week. It was before I got the freezer and controlled as best as possible with a tub of water and frozen bottles of ice. The freezer & controller will replace that from now on with a lot better consistency and open up the possiblility to lager.

I've read that raising the temperature to the low 70's is desirable after fermentation is complete. That's what I'm doing with the heater now. My basement is ranging from 65-70F and I watch the external temperature strip on the fermenter tracks that if it's left out in the basement. This effort might be in vain but it is fun to play with a new toy.


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Old 10-20-2011, 03:37 AM   #13
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I just bought this:

http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Reptil.../dp/B0002DIWTG

But have yet to install it (not quite cold enough to need it). I thought this would give me a nice even heat distribution throughout the freezer. I was thinking a lamp would heat one fermenter more than the other (I can fit 2). Pretty sure I got the idea somewhere on this forum...

I went for 100W because I keep my chamber in the garage. I'm guessing it gets down to a frigid 35-40F during the brutally harsh winters of NC.

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Old 10-26-2011, 01:22 AM   #14
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I live in buffalo ny. I'm looking at heater solutions for my keezer which will stay in my garage this winter. I'm thinking I can add a reptile heater to the keezer to warm up the inside when it gets cold. I can either rewire my controller to run the heater or add the heater to the unit and let the freezer cycle to keep the tempurature down. Will option #2 work? If so, what size heater would you recommend? Its a 5 cu ft freezer.

I was looking at this : http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-ReptiC...9592227&sr=1-1

I've been using the above for over a year now. works great.
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:30 AM   #15
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I live in buffalo ny. I'm looking at heater solutions for my keezer which will stay in my garage this winter. I'm thinking I can add a reptile heater to the keezer to warm up the inside when it gets cold. I can either rewire my controller to run the heater or add the heater to the unit and let the freezer cycle to keep the tempurature down. Will option #2 work? If so, what size heater would you recommend? Its a 5 cu ft freezer.

I was looking at this : http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-ReptiC...227&sr=1-1
For some out of the ordinary (aka weird) idea's, how about this electric throw or something like this cheap hair dryer ($13 with free shipping).
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:40 AM   #16
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I use the "My Heat" personal ceramic heater in my ferm chamber. Seems to work very well so far.
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:47 PM   #17
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I've been searching the threads for heating sources and was wondering if there is any problem with condensation in the freezer and these heat sources? I get a bit of condensation in my 5 cubic foot chest freezer. I have an old hair dryer in there now and it seems to recycle quite a bit (every few minutes). I was thinking of a reptile heat lamp, but again, was wondering about the condensation issues.

I'm probably just being paranoid.
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What temp do the ceramic elements bring it up to?
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A 100 watt light bulb can damage the interior of a refrigerator or freezer if it sticks on and the cooling isn't going. I'd worry about all of these 'over kill' solutions.
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I use this heating pad. Very satisfied with results.

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/BREWE...ATER-P518.aspx
I use this too. The way to go.


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