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Old 11-06-2012, 07:41 AM   #31

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Hmmm... I don't really want to spend another $60 on a second temp controller to run the heater. Any ideas that don't involve a second controller? I wonder about just using a space heater with a built in thermostat....
You shouldn't need another one. I don't know your unit, but you should be able to use it for heating or cooling. Maybe not with yours?

Can't you just unplug the freezer and plug in the hair dryer, for instance, and set the temp to where you want it to turn on?
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:22 PM   #32
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You shouldn't need another one. I don't know your unit, but you should be able to use it for heating or cooling. Maybe not with yours?

Can't you just unplug the freezer and plug in the hair dryer, for instance, and set the temp to where you want it to turn on?
Yes, single stage controllers should be able to control a heater as well. Just plug in the heat source instead of the cooling source.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:09 AM   #33
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I don't think so.... Right now it turns on if a temp gets too warm, but I don't see a way to reverse that. I feel like hooking up a heater wil be an infinite feedback loop. It'll be too warm, so it'll turn on, and make it warmer. If its too cool, it'll turn off....

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:11 AM   #34
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What controller do you have? Take a picture if you don't know the model?
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:42 AM   #35
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:55 AM   #36
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Very interesting. I have the same controller on my keezer and had no idea it's for cooling only. Here's a blurb from amazon: "Strictly a mechanical thermostat for cooling only, it is simple to use and economical."

Here's the manual: http://www.beveragefactory.com/image.../A19aat-2c.pdf

Since you're only able to cool, just focus on that.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:09 AM   #37
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I might just turn up the heat in my house for the last couple days of active fermentation. If I get it up to the mid to low 70's that should be sufficient to get that fantastic phenolic/ester combination that makes Belgian beers so nice, right?

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:43 AM   #38
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I ended up with a second STC-1000 that I use on the fermentor in the freezer. It connects to a FermWrap on the fermentor and I use it to ramp the temperature up without having to warm the entire ferm chamber. I use about 18" of FermWrap (~60 watts). A brew belt won't do it inside a cold chamber.
I have an stc-1000 and it works as a dual stage for me, why did you have to order 2nd?

 
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