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Old 02-25-2013, 05:15 AM   #1
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hello all,

I have a beer fridge/keggerator in my unheated garage. the ambient air temp in the garage is about 32 and in the fridge is about 29. I would like the temp inside the fridge to be somewhere around 38 or maybe a little higher. I have considered a reptile heat rock or heat lamp, but a little worried about any electrical hazard. anybody have any experience with this or any other ideas? thanks.

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:28 AM   #2
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First off, you'll either need a 2-stage temperature controller (preferred) or a single-stage temp controller that is switched over to heating mode.

Next, Williams Brewing sells a stick-on sheet that heats up. It's basically a really thin space heater. Called "the brewer's edge space heater." I use one for my fermentor in my basement in the winter months, but it would work nicely for a cramped kegerator / keezer. It will keep a small space up to 20 warmer than a surrounding area.

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:35 AM   #3
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ok cool. and then the temp controller has a probe that stays in the fridge and turns off at a predetermined temp?

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:40 AM   #4
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ok cool. and then the temp controller has a probe that stays in the fridge and turns off at a predetermined temp?
Yes indeedy.

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:41 AM   #5
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thanks im reading about it now. sounds perfect

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:54 PM   #6
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Save yourself some money.

Measure the outside diameter of your keg. Buy the appropriate length of heat tape.

Buy an extension cord cut off the plug, strip the wires and attach to the heat tape with these.

Wrap your keg with the tape and connect to your controller.

I have a 2-stage controller on my ferm chamber which sits in an unheated garage in Ohio. 2 ft of the 11 in tape easily keeps 5 gallons at 67 F.

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:04 PM   #7
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Save yourself some money.

Measure the outside diameter of your keg. Buy the appropriate length of heat tape.

Buy an extension cord cut off the plug, strip the wires and attach to the heat tape with these.

Wrap your keg with the tape and connect to your controller.

I have a 2-stage controller on my ferm chamber which sits in an unheated garage in Ohio. 2 ft of the 11 in tape easily keeps 5 gallons at 67 F.
I just ordered three heat tape units (4' each) from Reptile Basics for about $60 delivered. They will assemble them for you with a standard 120v plug for $3 a liner foot and $4 for the plug. Shipping is a pain but since it is also in lieu of sales tax so it helps a little. I know DIY is preferred but it's electricity and I didn't want to burn down my garage

http://www.reptilebasics.com/heat-tape

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:12 PM   #8
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I just ordered three heat tape units (4' each) from Reptile Basics for about $60 delivered. They will assemble them for you with a standard 120v plug for $3 a liner foot and $4 for the plug. Shipping is a pain but since it is also in lieu of sales tax so it helps a little. I know DIY is preferred but it's electricity and I didn't want to burn down my garage

http://www.reptilebasics.com/heat-tape
You think they have certified electricians putting them together on their end? Doubtful.

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:02 PM   #9
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You think they have certified electricians putting them together on their end? Doubtful.
No, but they do have the $60 crimping tool and at least some previous experience building them. Wiring electricity can scare a lot of people off and I found this to be a great solution.

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:33 PM   #10
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I put together one of these a couple of months ago and it works perfectly to keep my kegerator temp up to 38 when it's extra cold in the garage:

http://www.wortomatic.com/articles/F...ion-Can-Heater

There are couple of pictures of my setup here:

http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/fo...=296260#296260

I already had a dual stage controller so this was a quick, easy and inexpensive solution.

 
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