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Old 03-21-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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Can anyone help me out to find things to put together for a temperature control for my brew. Want to be able to stick my brew bucket, carboy, bottles etc in it and have no idea where to start and what I'll need to buy...


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Old 03-21-2013, 06:01 PM   #2
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Do a quick search of the DIY section on this forum. It is full of stuff like this.


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If you like building things, google "mother of a Fermentation chiller". This is what I have, and I love it.
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If you want a simple chill solution, look at this - https://www.cool-brewing.com/ from Cool Brewing. They are one of the forum supporters and I won one of their fermentation coolers in the 2013 giveaway. I received it this week and haven't had a chance to try it yet - but it looks like a great low cost solution.
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I built a fermentation chamber based on the design of the "mother of fermentation chamber" but, instead of using ice to cool, I used the cooling elements from a mini fridge. Something like that or a freezer with a temperature controller seems like the best way to me.

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Okay both of those helped a lot, just deciding which route I want to go with this!
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I found the easiest option was a used fridge on CL and build an eBay temp controller. To keep the temp within a degree I also bought a paint can heater. Total cost was under $120 and my beer stays at the exact temp I want.
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+1 on the freezer or fridge with an STC-1000 controller and diy paint can heater. I love mine. You can cold crash, do lagers, whatever you please.
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+2 on a fridge and heater combo with a dual stage controller. It's not the cheapest option, but you really can't go wrong with this setup and you certainly can't beat the accuracy in temperature control you can achieve. Just set it and forget it, and rest assured that your fermenter temperature is exactly where you want it to be (although do make sure it works properly before you put your first batch into it).

I live in Phoenix where the temperature in my garage (where I keep my fermentation "chamber") can swing from the 40's (at night) to the 90's (during the day) repeatedly over the course of a three week fermentation this in the spring and fall.

I use a dual stage Ranco controller with a little Sanyo fridge (just big enough to hold a carboy or 6.5 gallon buket) and I connect the 2nd stage heating plug to a fermiwrap heater that I have taped to the inside. This setup (with the temperature probe in a thermowell within the fermenter) brings my primary temperature down from 80 (after post-boil chilling) to my typical fermerntation temperature of 68 degrees in less than 3 hours, and with a 1 degree differential programmed into the controller, it will hold that exact temp (+/- 1 degree) without any issue at any time of the year without any need to fiddle with the programming. I verified this using a cheap wireless thermometer (which I put in the "chamber" where the receiver shows the high and low temperture over the last 24 hours on day where it got as cold a 48 at night and as hot as 88 during the day in my garage. Lowest temp was 67: Highest temp was 69. Granted, during the summer when my garage gets up over 110 degrees, my fridge runs almost constantly...but this setup still maintains the temperature.

Look on craigslist for a compact fridge (widely available for $50 or less), throw in your heater (~$25)/ temperature controller (~$120), and you should be able to put together a similar setup for under $180.
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Look on craigslist for a compact fridge (widely available for $50 or less), throw in your heater (~$25)/ temperature controller (~$120), and you should be able to put together a similar setup for under $180.
Even less if you wire up an STC-1000 dual controller to a simply 2-plug wall outlet and combine the two into a control box. I spent <$30 on the controller setup and $70 for a used upright freezer that will fit two 6.5 gallon buckets.

I cold crashed two batches from 67*F to 38*F today at lunchtime with simply the touch of a few buttons.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...-build-163849/


http://brewstands.com/fermentation-heater.html



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