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Old 10-24-2013, 01:29 PM   #21
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+1 to the STC-1000 temp controller. I've built 4 now for $30 a piece (if you already have your own spare power cable). I have mine strapped to a keg / carboy with bungee cords just like Rustym has his in the pictures above. I just use a washcloth folded over a couple times as the insulator rather than foam. This set up allows me to perfectly control my fermenting / lagering / serving temps within 1 degree.

But of course, the chest freezer or upright fridge is sold separately!

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Old 10-26-2013, 09:58 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by AnOldUR View Post
Not a great picture, but hidden under there are two carboys during active fermentation in a water bath. The thermometer on the right is measuring bath temperature. The thermometer on the left is a long stem compost type thermometer with the probe in the center of the fermenting wort. For all practical purposes the reading is the same.

Good stuff.

I have gone for a waterbath setup for actual control. I have a larder which is about 10-16C during the autumn/winter, the idea on my next batch is the put the fermenter in the water bath with an aquarium heater and stick the whole lot in the larder.

For the water bath I just bought a 72L rubble bucket.

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Old 10-29-2013, 05:59 AM   #23
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I put this together:


Works pretty awesome. Here are my temps in real time:


This is obviously the hi-tech approach
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:07 AM   #24
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I do something like this, but well eventually upgrade to a thermowell. I use heat so brew primarly in the fall, winter and spring

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