Keezer cycle times - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Keezer cycle times

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-29-2013, 06:12 AM   #1
weeple2000
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Madison, WI
Posts: 125
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts



Hi,

I am curious as to how long my keezer should be cycling. I wired the ever popular STC-1000 temp controller. At first I measured air temp with 1 degree variance, it cycled in 20 minutes with the compressor running for 1.5 minutes. I read a bit, and decided it must be cycling too quickly. So I insulated the probe to a water bottle, probably about 20 oz. I changed the differential to 3 degrees and set it a bit cooler. Now it cycles for 4 hours and 45 minutes with the compressor running for 28 minutes.

Do I need to find a happy medium? I could change the variance and keep the water bottle.

I am asking because it seems that cycle times and compressor running times determine the life of the actual freezer.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2013, 06:55 AM   #2
JuanMoore
 
JuanMoore's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
The Old Pueblo
Posts: 22,373
Liked 3736 Times on 3549 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by weeple2000 View Post
Hi,

I am curious as to how long my keezer should be cycling. I wired the ever popular STC-1000 temp controller. At first I measured air temp with 1 degree variance, it cycled in 20 minutes with the compressor running for 1.5 minutes. I read a bit, and decided it must be cycling too quickly. So I insulated the probe to a water bottle, probably about 20 oz. I changed the differential to 3 degrees and set it a bit cooler. Now it cycles for 4 hours and 45 minutes with the compressor running for 28 minutes.

Do I need to find a happy medium? I could change the variance and keep the water bottle.

I am asking because it seems that cycle times and compressor running times determine the life of the actual freezer.
I taped my probe to a water bottle and have my diff set to 3?F (~1.5?C), and it cycles once every ~4hrs and runs for ~20-25 min. Your cycle times and compressor run times seem fine to me. You could probably drop the diff to have tighter control if you wanted to, but leaving it as is certainly isn't hurting anything or decreasing the life of the compressor.
__________________
I'm trying to find some porn filmed by a dog wearing a GoPro. - SharonaZamboni

Hunter, when you get bored, will you put a taco in my elephant's hands for me? - Hat

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 11:19 PM   #3
JRems
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Mahopac, NY
Posts: 2,221
Liked 61 Times on 52 Posts


I would leave the probe attached to the bottle but lower temp diff to 1 or 2 degrees. Your not harming the compressor either way. Also make sure the compressor delay is set to 10-12 minutes.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobby_M View Post
Simcoe smells like 10 cats pissing on a pine tree. It's awesome.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 11:35 PM   #4
beaksnbeer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
beaksnbeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2011
New Port Richey, Florida
Posts: 2,845
Liked 506 Times on 334 Posts


Your cycle time will change once you have thermal mass inside. Mine dropped to about 5-7 minute run time every 2-4 hours depending on the ambient temperature if I open the top change kegs etc. I have 12 kegs in varying stages of amounts 2 more sitting on gas waiting for an open tap 2 three gallon kegs for travel/ just in case 2 or more kick and 4 more outside the keezer waiting for room inside.
__________________
Quote:
Home of the 12 Tap keezer

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mashing times and boiling times for 20 gallon batches ruppaloop All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 03-20-2013 08:20 PM
Keezer cycle time Brewnoob1 Bottling/Kegging 24 01-10-2012 06:04 PM
PID Cycle time help... The Pol Equipment/Sanitation 41 11-21-2010 10:48 PM
Average keezer cycle times pretzelb Bottling/Kegging 1 09-30-2010 07:28 AM
Does defrost cycle affect a keezer? ben_j8mmin Bottling/Kegging 6 07-10-2009 02:03 PM


Forum Jump