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Old 02-08-2013, 02:47 AM   #1
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I kept hearing that temperature control is the most important thing to make good beer so i decided to make a temperature controlled fermenter out of an old fridge that i had. I went with the STC-1000 because they are cheap, can do heating and cooling, and I hear a lot of good things about them. I wanted to mount the STC right to the door of the fridge and have a switch to put the fridge back to "normal fridge mode" by request of SHMBO.
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Hole in the fridge cut using a dremel

other side of the hole with some of the plastic cut away

STC-1000 installed into the electrical box and wired up


the outlet wiring, one goes to the sensor and the other to the heater (fermwrap)

powered up and working, yes, its a party fridge

The switch up is power to STC, middle is off and down is fridge on

IT WORKS1!!

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Old 02-08-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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I Like it
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:43 PM   #3
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Um. Nice fridge??

LOL! Looks good! I mean to incorporate my STC-1000 into my ferm chamber this spring. Not sure where or how yet, as I also plan to finish the TARDIS remodel of it as well. It can hold 3-4 buckets now, but after the remodel it should hold a LOT more!

 
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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Great idea, but why the extra effort to make it "switchable" back to a "regular" fridge. You could just drop the temp to 38F or so and be golden. Much more stable control than the duty-cycle setting on the fridge thermostat. Plus, it's an OLD fridge. Oh well, you probably learned something along the project... Good job!

 
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:59 PM   #5
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It was a request by my girlfriend. The whole time I was making it i was asking myself the same question, but gotta keep her happy.

 
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:51 PM   #6
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I like the idea of writing the types of beer you have fermenting inside on the door, but I haven't heard of those types before
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:36 PM   #7
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I had to hang up the conversion chart because of the big penis someone decided to draw on it. Come summer I'm sure it will be full of profanity.

 
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