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Old 11-01-2012, 06:55 PM   #11
Jul 2012
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I was thinking about doing what Khaos suggested and just put a covered light bulb in there at night. That way it would still kick on after it gets too warm.

I thought about moving the jumper on the controller to control a heat source but the weather here is so sporadic right now that I would probably have to keep switching it back and forth from heating to cooling. We're going from 70's some days to 30's the next.

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Old 11-01-2012, 09:03 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by CaptnCully View Post
If you Have the a419 that is a dual controller. It just wont do both at the same time. Check out the instructions and move the pins to set it to heat and then plug in a small space heater with a built in fan thats how i do it up north
Sweet I did not know that! I can hook a space heater up in my extra room in case temps get too low. I think I lost my instructions but I bet I can find a pdf on the website.

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Old 11-01-2012, 09:10 PM   #13
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You can get flexible heating film from for $3-4 per foot and make it any length you want. It generates about 40 watts per foot and can be wrapped around fermentors. They call it "Flexwatt" on their site.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:55 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by rlynne
Turn your controller to heating mode then add a heat source. For about $40 you can by a heating pad (for sore backs and muscles) at any drugstore which you can plug directly into your controller. When you have an active fermentation you might have to switch back to cooling mode for the first few days as it will be the heat source. Works really well!
Often (perhaps always) these heating pads have automatic timed "safety" shut-offs. Buyer beware.

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Old 11-02-2012, 12:21 PM   #15
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I just wrapped a brew belt around the upper part of my fermenter.

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