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Old 11-14-2008, 01:04 AM   #1
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I started this in the beginners section but thought I should maybe move it here since it's equipment based.

I'm Building my 1st fermintation Chamber (heated), I got the structure basically figured out and finished but I have a simple question.. How should I place my heater? I was thinking having it pointing directly at a bucket my not be the best idea for several reason.. whats does everyone else think?

I was planning on use a small space heater but am starting to think that maybe a small baseboard heater might work better.

I'm also build in a small window and light for inside so I can see whats going on, is that useful or just a waste of time>?

Anywhere here's where I started and where I'm at right now. Planning on a switch on the outside for the light and one for the power to the heater, the heater will still be controlled by the thermostat I'll just beable to cut the power when it's now in use.







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Old 11-14-2008, 01:17 AM   #2
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I thought of a name for your brewery DEVIL DOG BREWERY (per pic #2)

Looks good so far. Was that dust or is it snowing?

If it's inside, you shouldn't need much heat. A terrarium heater or heating pad should be plenty. Some folks use a light bulb, but I worry about the UV.

The window will be cool, cuz you always have to look and you won't let the heat out.

You might keep in mind that you may want to cool the interior in the future.


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Old 11-14-2008, 01:54 AM   #3
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Devil Dog eh?...

you think he's bad check this out



there's 3 dogs in that picture and thats not including the one in the other photo..

It's no snow it's dust, the basement is normally dusty with the wood stove down there but using the table saw doesn't help any!!

I've read about peope using the terrarium light thats not a bad idea, I agree it won't need much heat. I just happened to have a small space heater that I'm not using is all. The room tempature will about 10 degree depending what time of the day it is will a terratium light keep up?

I'm not worried about cooling, It gets damm cold here in the winter and my basement stays nice and cool in the summer.

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Old 11-14-2008, 02:34 AM   #4
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Looks like you are using 1" (possibly 1/2") foam insulation?

May wanna consider double stacking to 2" if $$$ allows...

I am using mini fridge guts in a fairly large cabinet and while I can still get to the 40's, I am cycling a few times per hour... I have a few faces that need another layer...

Looks good though..

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The terrarium heater I'm talking about is a thin plastic pad that sticks to the bottom of a glass reptile cage (6x8 or 8x10 are the ones I've seen). It shouldn't take much.

Three Dogs Brewing?
Tres Pedros Diablos?

(4 dogs doesn't sound as slick for some reason)

Foam on the bottom would be good too, but keep something hard and slick on top of it to make moving things easy. (someone is gonna make fun of that last sentence, I know it).
Keep us posted on progress.

Reason: cant spell "take" apparently
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Old 11-15-2008, 01:46 AM   #6
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I got the door made, top cut and bottom insulated. Time for wiring, But I have a question. Will it matter greatly where I mount the thermostat? it's such a small space will it matter. I was thinking of mounting somewhat in the middle and open away from the heat source.

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Old 11-15-2008, 01:52 AM   #7
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Heat source: ceramic heat bulb from the pet shop...no visible light, can place it in the same chamber with the fermenter.
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I went to 3 different pet stores today and no one had a ceramic buld.. I got an Infrared heat buld.. Will this work? will the infrared harm the beer?

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yes, it will, we use brown bottles to stop the infa-red rays
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IR is heat. UV (the other end of the spectrum) is what skunks beer. I imagine the IR bulb puts out some UV though. Just don't point it at your beer. Dark is still best, like This or HERE


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