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Heated Fermentation Chamber 120F?

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LeapingLamb

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Hi all you DIY'ers

I hope this is the right forum to ask. I recently completed my STC1000 controller and got a chest freezer. I am interested in hearing peoples opinions as to how they are heated. I love sour mashed berliner weisse and was wondering if it is possible to use off the shelf space heaters/ceramic heaters/heat trace cables/heat lamps etc to heat the freezer to 110-120F

I tried searching online but all I found was mention of using heated fermentation chambers for Belgium beers that ferment around 90F.

Thanks

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501irishred

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I would think a small space heater (without thermostatic control) would do the trick. Make sure to use an additional fan or two to circulate the air, use a piece of sheet metal with an air gap by heater to protect your chamber.
Some things to look out for:
1. Heater should pull 10A at the most
2. Even without thermostatic control, most heaters will have a temp over limit switch built in. What temp it will kick off may take some experimentation.
3. Don't set it up so the heat is blowing directly on your carboy.


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