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Old 01-16-2013, 01:54 AM   #101
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The one I'm using is about double that wattage. It's attached to the wall of the fridge and I have not had problems maintaining temps.
You should wrap it around the Carboy with electrical tape. I have flexwatt heat tape and that's the best bang for your buck
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:11 PM   #102
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You should wrap it around the Carboy with electrical tape. I have flexwatt heat tape and that's the best bang for your buck
That's what I have, the flexwatt, and with it being on the wall I never have to move it from fermenter to fermenter. Never had a problem maintaining temps in my 45F garage.

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:04 AM   #103
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For a heat source I have used wet/dry heating pads wrapped around the carboy and held in place with elastic bands for years. Like this. My shop gets below freezing in winter and I find that set on low, the heating pads have no trouble keeping wort at ale temps in the cooler.

Also one thing it took me a while to figure out is that when you direct wire the compressor to be controlled by an external controller, you are disableing the internal thermostat. So there is no need to put it on any setting because it doesn't work anymore.

If you want the light to be functional, you can splice the power wire into the compressor power wire and the light circuit. Just be sure to cap the wire that is left that you cut to the compressor to make the splice because it will be hot when the internal thermostat calls for cooling. Of course the light will work only when the compressor is on. I have three different wine coolers and the wiring colors are different for all three, so you will have to look at the wiring diagram on the back of the cooler to decide where your wires need to be cut/spliced.

 
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:52 AM   #104
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So this fridge will hold a 6.5 gallon glass carboy with a 3 piece air lock on it? Looking into either this or a 4.3cf mini fridge for a build real soon
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:43 PM   #105
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So this fridge will hold a 6.5 gallon glass carboy with a 3 piece air lock on it? Looking into either this or a 4.3cf mini fridge for a build real soon
It should, here is a 6 gallon carboy:



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Old 01-21-2013, 04:50 AM   #106
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I'll keep looking for a used one on craigslist. Has anyone looked at the Danby cooler like this one here to see if it would work?

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/app/3559720539.html

It's the only thing I could find used that comes close.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:25 PM   #107
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Just picked one of these up today. Still at $118 like everyone recently has posted (and like others, said sold out online and not sold in my store but stopped in anyway). Got another 10% off for military. $112 out the door

 
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:20 PM   #108
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$118? Can you link that on Home Depot's site? I'm still seeing $199, which is the typical price. I'd pick up a second one for $118, no question.

 
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:26 PM   #109
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Neg. The sticker on mine says they reduced to $147 back in October and its now 20% off clearance appliances. HD's website says they're not sold near me but just stop in at your local store and check clearance area

 
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Stopped by my Home Depot a little bit ago and it's still at $199.99 Figured I would get lucky but guess not.
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