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SamBrewer

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Hi!
I used for a couple of times this temperature controller for my belgian ales:

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does anybody tried it? It is necessary to use some bleach or any other product like iodophor in the water?
 

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Aquarium heaters work great. Use a small splash of bleach to keep the water from getting stinky.
 

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I do this for belgians, or even some ales in the winter.

It is not necessary to put anything in the water though. But it won't hurt.
 

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Yup. Used mine to do a Belgian Golden Strong that needed to go from 65 up to 82 slowly over the course of 10-12 days (Jamil's recipe FTW!). And I usually put a splash of bleach in the water. Iodaphor will evaporate out over the course of a few hours, so I woulnd't bother with it. Bleach or a PH-based cleaner will be better.
 

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i used one for my saison, and it worked great. I will have to try te bleach next time, because it wasn't pretty after a while.
 

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bleach works. or circulate the water with a small pump/powerhead or airstone. when it sits stagnant it gets to smelling.
 

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Just bought two. First one, accidentally got the 220V by accident. There is another one for 12v. And the one I wanted was 110v. I guess I have an extra for when I set up an electric brew rig.

At $21 each, its hard to go wrong.
 

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You would want a pump of some sort in with that heater to circulate the water around or you won't get even heating around the fermenter. Starsan would be a good choice for keeping out the nasties.
 

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No liquids. I am using a styrofoam fermentation cabinet I built. I will get a free craigslist chest freezer later for summer.
 
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The original message is quite old :D
now I use a small pum to keep the liquid flowing around the fermenter, this set up I think keeps the temperature costant and helps the heat change between the water and the fermenter.

No starsan here in Italy so bleach is the only solution, but I think this is essential only for long fermentation like belgian beers, for a "normal" ale with 10 days of fermentation ( I do not use secondary fermenter) maybe bleatch is not really necessary if the water is continuosly mouved by a pump
 
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