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Old 07-02-2013, 03:17 PM   #11
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Just a few more days left on the Kickstarter for this project! Now's the time if you're interested!


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Old 12-02-2013, 07:51 AM   #12
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Just wanted to send out a quick reply to this post to anyone who has been following along. The Fermostat is getting very close retail completion. I have them up for pre-sale on my website for $124, which is a discount of 20% below the retail price. The plan is to start shipping later this month.

http://buy.ohmbrewautomations.com

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Old 12-02-2013, 09:54 AM   #13
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Looks like an awesome product, and considering a wired Ranco dual stage controller is $150 from morebeer it is a steal!
Good luck.
Just one quick question, are those plug sockets for IEC14 plugs? If so will a standard fridge need to have a new plug put on it to fit to the unit?
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:38 AM   #14
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Yes they are IEC320 C14 sockets. However, the Fermostat ships with two power cords that plug into the C14 sockets and have a normal 15-5R receptacle on the other end, so it is the same as plugging in your fridge/heater into the wall.

I did this to allow for multiple power adapter standards for different countries. This way a new cord will allow it to work in a different country.
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Yes they are IEC320 C14 sockets. However, the Fermostat ships with two power cords that plug into the C14 sockets and have a normal 15-5R receptacle on the other end, so it is the same as plugging in your fridge/heater into the wall.

I did this to allow for multiple power adapter standards for different countries. This way a new cord will allow it to work in a different country.
There is a method to the madness Good idea to make an international product! No issues with 120V / 240V?
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Just wanted to send out another update to this thread for those that are following. The Fermostat is now in production and shipping immediately. All of the Kickstarter and Pre-Sale orders have been fulfilled and units are in stock.

If you unfamiliar, the Fermostat is a dual-stage programmable thermostat designed for automating the temperature profile of your fermentation process. It is capable of controlling up to 10 Amps (nominal, it can handle a higher in-rush current) per output. The Fermostat also contains a microSD Card slot to download historical temperature and control data to view on a computer. The SD Card slot also allows you to upload programs instead of creating them through the interface. A website to do these functions will be released in a week or two to create, store and share your programs.

The Fermostat is priced at or below the price you can get a Ranco dual-stage controller yet has considerably more functionality.

Here's a link if you want some more information about it:
http://ohmbrewautomations.com

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I received mine and have used it for a lager and a couple of ales. The lager setting is a set and forget. Sets the ferm. temp, automatically raises to the diacety rest then drops to the lager temp. All done without any intervention on my part.

I have watched the temp variation and it runs about .3 degrees which is excellent. I also tested the temps against my calibrated thermometer and it was dead on.

I have no affiliation with this product other than being a happy customer but would definitely recommend the Ohmbrew. Simple, accurate and truly set and forget.
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Digging up an older thread but I wanted to put my 2 cents in regarding my newly acquired Fermostat. I couldn't be happier. Sure its new and is still being updated but 9 days of fermenting in a keezer and the temps and unit have been rock solid.
I've posted a few times on the forum and caleb has replied quickly and helpfully.
The only very small kink is the SD card is hard to seat. Not a biggie for me.
I'm looking forward to many years of use and also look forward to what else might be in store as new firmware is introduced.
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2) The first version of the Fermostat doesn't have the functionality to be networked. But I do plan on creating a 'Pro' version of the device (probably next year), that will have greater functionality, including a wireless network connection (either bluetooth or WiFi)
I love these kick starter ideas that are creating some awesome gadgets. I just wished there was one gadget that did everything combined. My Suggestion for you Ruprect in the Pro version you come out with or some future version is to incorporate a digital hydrometer/gravity sensor into a device that goes into a rubber stopper that connects to the main unit so not only can you control and record temp data but also a continual gravity measurement. Basically your unit and the BeerBugs product. If you were to make this product it would surely be what every home brewer ever wanted.
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I love these kick starter ideas that are creating some awesome gadgets. I just wished there was one gadget that did everything combined. My Suggestion for you Ruprect in the Pro version you come out with or some future version is to incorporate a digital hydrometer/gravity sensor into a device that goes into a rubber stopper that connects to the main unit so not only can you control and record temp data but also a continual gravity measurement. Basically your unit and the BeerBugs product. If you were to make this product it would surely be what every home brewer ever wanted.
Good call, especially if you could then program temp rises to coordinate with % attenuated


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