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Old 02-07-2013, 02:08 PM   #11
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What is a paint can heater?


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Old 02-07-2013, 02:30 PM   #12
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What is a paint can heater?
http://www.wortomatic.com/articles/F...ion-Can-Heater

Simple to build & cheap if you can find a ceramic light socket, most that I've seen recently are plastic.


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Old 02-07-2013, 02:47 PM   #13
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I was going to suggest a light bulb also. Try turning on the light in your oven. That little bulb (usually around 40w) will heat up the oven over 100*. A paint can heater is in escence an can of some sort over a light bulb connected to a controller. The can create a thermal mass and blocks the light from the bulb from hitting the fermenting wort. I'd be willing to bet a 60-75w bulb would do just fine. You could get a colored bulb and skip the can all together. Incidentally I was wondering about your glass door, is it in an area that's dark most of the time? I'd be concerned of letting to much light in and would cover the glass with something.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:23 PM   #14
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I was going to suggest a light bulb also. Try turning on the light in your oven. That little bulb (usually around 40w) will heat up the oven over 100*. A paint can heater is in escence an can of some sort over a light bulb connected to a controller. The can create a thermal mass and blocks the light from the bulb from hitting the fermenting wort. I'd be willing to bet a 60-75w bulb would do just fine. You could get a colored bulb and skip the can all together. Incidentally I was wondering about your glass door, is it in an area that's dark most of the time? I'd be concerned of letting to much light in and would cover the glass with something.
well I was going to tint it but I like seeing the bubbles inside the air lock without opening the door.
Also no not much light.
Also I am using SS keg to ferment in, but when I put in the carboy or better bottle I can see your point and the problem.
Now in my basement there is no sun light coming in.
In my shed where this will be going there are no windows but I did plan to put one in.
So maybe I will end up tinting the glass to block UV light.

good info thanks all!
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:29 PM   #15
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You can also just put a cover (towel, dark t-shirt, old blanket) over the carboy, if needed.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:06 PM   #16
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I use a light bulb as a heat source as well. I ferment in a plastic bucket, but clarify in a glass carbon. Are we saying here the light emitted by the incandescent bulb is detrimental to the beer? I was under the impression this was a fairly common practice?
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It's mostly UV light that skunks beer, so I wouldn't worry about it. Some people do though. My thoughts are that a bulb in a paint can is less likely to contact my hand while moving the fermenter in and I would be less likely to break the bulb.
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Brian, you got a True fridge for $50 - and it worked (cooling function)?!? That's an amazing buy. I'm kind of in the market for one, but in Maryland, they're closer to a grand.
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Brian, you got a True fridge for $50 - and it worked (cooling function)?!? That's an amazing buy. I'm kind of in the market for one, but in Maryland, they're closer to a grand.
Yes! My wife saw it at a little shop.
I called the shop they said it was dropped off to them and they didnt know if it worked.
It was raining at the time and she said she couldn't plug it in till tomorrow.
She said a few others called about it.
I said i would be down if it stopped raining.
It did so I went and she had plugged it in and it was cool as can be inside!
I asked what she wanted for it, she said what would I pay I said 50 she said ok deal.
lol so I paid for it and picked it up the next day on a trailer.
It only needed a new gasket and I got one from ebay for 32$ free shipping.

I had thoughts of selling it for 500 on CL but decided against it. lol
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Nice story. I'll have to tell my wife to keep her eyes open!


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