Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Fermenters > 3 Temp Fermentation Controller 1 chamber
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-09-2013, 05:00 AM   #1
Huaco
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Huaco's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Just south of Cow Town, Tx
Posts: 1,302
Liked 124 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default 3 Temp Fermentation Controller 1 chamber

I have the capability to ferment (3) vessels at 11-12 gallons each and I had an idea how to ferment them all three at different temps and with a little brain-storming help from my buddy, this is what I came up with.









Huaco is offline
PistolsAtDawn Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2013, 05:01 AM   #2
Huaco
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Huaco's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Just south of Cow Town, Tx
Posts: 1,302
Liked 124 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default












Huaco is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2013, 05:02 AM   #3
Huaco
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Huaco's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Just south of Cow Town, Tx
Posts: 1,302
Liked 124 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default

As Far as equipment list... here it is.

-(1) 8x8x4dp PVC junction box (electrical supply house)
-(15 ft) 14-3 flexible (electrical supply house)
-(1) Cable stay (electrical supply house)
-(3) STC-1000 controllers (NOVAPCS vendor on eBay is a US reseller with free shipping $21)
-(1) 3 gang "old work" box (box store)
-(3) receptacles (box store)
-(1) plate cover (box store)
-(18) 14 ga pin terminals (eBay)
-(X feet) Red 14 gauge type T90/THWN/THHN wire
-(X feet) Black 14 gauge type T90/THWN/THHN wire
-(X feet) White 14 gauge type T90/THWN/THHN wire
-(X feet) Green 14 gauge type T90/THWN/THHN wire
-(3) Inline 20 Amp rated fuse holders with 10 Amp SLOW BLOW fuses installed.
-(2) 8 place terminal blocks (Radio Shack)
-(2) 8 place terminal joints (Radio Shack)
-(3) Red 120 Volt pilot lights (Radio Shack)
-(3) Green 120 Volt pilot lights (Radio Shack)
-(3) Mono headphone receptacles (Radio Shack)
-(3) Mono headphone plugs (Radio Shack)
-Various shrink-wraps
-Electrical rated Rosin-core Solder
-Soldering iron
-Enough JB Weld to epoxy the terminal blocks onto the old work box.

Most important...
LOTS OF PATIENCE!
Huaco is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2013, 05:08 AM   #4
acidrain
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Seattle, Washington
Posts: 1,911
Liked 160 Times on 139 Posts
Likes Given: 32

Default

OK, I get the three controllers, but how does that control temps in one chamber?
__________________
Keg #1: Brown Bomber Bourbon/Oak Vanilla Porter
Keg #2: The Bollocks ESB
Keg #3 Lawnmower APA
Fermenter: Empty
Bottled: Mjolnir Mead, Lazy Daze Hefe.
acidrain is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2013, 05:13 AM   #5
zymurph
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 53
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by acidrain View Post
OK, I get the three controllers, but how does that control temps in one chamber?
Agreed. That is a kick-@ss temp controller setup, but what is this magical single chamber you refer to?
zymurph is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2013, 05:16 AM   #6
Huaco
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Huaco's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Just south of Cow Town, Tx
Posts: 1,302
Liked 124 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default

-Master controller (top) drives the chest freezer (15 cu ft) down to lowest needed temp.
-Slave controllers (bottom two) heat the their respective fermentors with the DIY FermWrap from Reptile Basics . com

Concept has been proven... I lagered a batch of beer while fermenting an Ale (38*F and 62*F respectively)

See this thread for details on my ferm chamber.

It's also linked in my signature line.
Huaco is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2013, 06:14 PM   #7
limulus
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
limulus's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: ATL Burbs, Georgia
Posts: 1,338
Liked 79 Times on 64 Posts
Likes Given: 100

Default

Really cool builds. I read both threads and it is impressive that you can get that much of a temp difference for ales and lagers! I was glad to see someone else had the same problem I did keeping wires inserted into the STC-1000. I also wound up using pins.
__________________
Brewin' on a Medium Brewha BIAC system with glycol


"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."
-Ernest Hemingway
limulus is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2013, 01:58 AM   #8
BetterSense
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Richardson, Texas
Posts: 1,024
Liked 54 Times on 44 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Multi temp is definity a hot setup. I have a 2 temp setup but i use the low temp for serving kegs and the high temp for fermenting.
BetterSense is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2013, 02:45 AM   #9
Huaco
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Huaco's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Just south of Cow Town, Tx
Posts: 1,302
Liked 124 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
Multi temp is definity a hot setup. I have a 2 temp setup but i use the low temp for serving kegs and the high temp for fermenting.
Yeah, I'm really liking it so far. In the future though, I will probably not be holding such a crazy difference in temps. I hope to batch lagers and ales together.
Huaco is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2013, 07:17 PM   #10
mmeadows24
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Fresno, California
Posts: 32
Default

Huaco, any way you might lay out a step-by-step guide on this one. I really want to do this but my electrical experience has been limited to changing a couple of bad receptacles and my stc-1000 build. I laughed when I read one of your earlier post about little experience with electrical work and then in a six month span after wiring up your panel you seem completely chill offering up small tidbits on wiring here and there.


mmeadows24 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
3 section fermentation chamber with ebay temp controller barryfine Fermenters 43 08-03-2012 06:55 PM
Temp Controller for Fermentation Chamber kickrjason Fermenters 7 09-01-2011 12:56 AM
ferm chamber temp controller ??? edsrockin Fermenters 8 03-12-2011 12:38 AM
Temp controller for Ferm chamber. Cazamodo Kettles, Mash Tuns, & Hot Liquor Tanks 8 01-07-2011 05:58 AM
Fermentation chamber temp controller Danielson Fermenters 4 05-19-2010 02:08 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS