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View Poll Results: How do you heat your fermentation chamber?
Heating Lamp 22 17.60%
Reptile Heating Pad 12 9.60%
Swamp Cooler w/heating element 9 7.20%
Blow Dryer 3 2.40%
Space Heater 25 20.00%
Heating Pad 13 10.40%
Brew Belt / FermWrap 23 18.40%
Other (please describe in thread) 18 14.40%
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:17 AM   #1
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I am looking for a good solution to heat my fermentation chamber (small 5 cu. ft. chest freezer). I built an STC-1000 temperature controller and am currently controlling the cooling on the freezer with that. Now, I'm looking to add heating.

There seem to be a lot of different opinions as to which method works the best and I am curious to see what most people are using.

Please vote in the poll above and feel free to discuss in the thread. Thanks!

 
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:33 AM   #2
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Wow, good topic. This time of year my basement is around 58-60F so ales are out of the question. I never really thought of using a heat source in my freezer (fermentation chamber) to keep the temps up. I think for me a light bulb would be the easiest.
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:34 AM   #3
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I use the Brewbelt with my STC1000 and it works amazingly well. I use it on a 60L Spiedel and in the middle of winter, in a mini fridge but my ambient basement temps are 58f, it had been able to ramp my Saisons to 84f. Normally I like to ramp higher but that's 26f above my ambient so I'm very happy.

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Old 12-15-2013, 01:35 AM   #4
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Wow, good topic. This time of year my basement is around 58-60F so ales are out of the question. I never really thought of using a heat source in my freezer (fermentation chamber) to keep the temps up. I think for me a light bulb would be the easiest.
Actually those are pretty fantastic temps for most ales, non Belgians of course.
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:43 AM   #5
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I use this DIY paint can heater:

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

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Old 12-15-2013, 02:12 AM   #6
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I use 3 feet of 11 inch flex watt heat tape
http://www.bigappleherp.com/Flex-Watt-Heat-Tape
around my carboy with a temp controller probe in a thermowell. This is the same stuff sold by Northern Brewer
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:26 AM   #7
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I bought a $10 ceramic heater with a fan to circulate. Works perfect in a two door beverage cooler(something you would get a soda out of at a gas station) in an uninsulated garage. Outside temp last week was in the negatives and it maintained 65 degrees.

http://www.laskoproducts.com/myheat%...ter-model-100/

 
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:29 AM   #8
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:36 AM   #9
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I use a brew belt, never used anything else, but the belt gets the job done.

 
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:15 AM   #10
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Same here.
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