pepsi fridge and controllers

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Diceman
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pepsi fridge and controllers

Post #1 by Diceman » 1 year ago

I picked up this working Pepsi fridge for 150 a while back and was using it to store my brewing stuff .
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I don't really want to run it full time .. hydro bill is enough now , but I was in need of a fermentation chamber as it is getting a little too cool in the garage for ale so I finally built my STC controllers and now have my brew at a nice steady temperature . One controller is on my little Danby lagering a batch of Vienna lager and the other controller is being use to keep a batch of Vienna ale and a pumpkin brew up to ale temperature .
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I am using a small heater in the Pepsi fridge ( 1350 watts ) . It bring the temperature up in about 30 seconds an holds for around half an hour before it comes on again .
I'm pretty happy with the way the controllers turned out , they are working perfectly .
Next thing I need to do though is to make some liquid filled temperature probe housings .. right now the probes are just dangling in the ambient air , but its ok .. I,m not opening and closing the fridge doors too much so the temperature is keeping pretty constant .
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fermenter : high gravity fermented Vienna Lager , re-fermenting with abbey ale yeast . kinda experiment .
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brhenrio
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Post #2 by brhenrio » 1 year ago

Looks good. I have to get my stc set up for my keeper build.
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Post #3 by SmokeyMcB » 1 year ago

I usually just tape my probe to the fermenter then insulate against ambient air with a towel and/or bubble wrap. That way the STC reads the wort/beer temp instead of the air temp...
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Post #4 by Reignman » 1 year ago

I use a thermowell, something like this. I use better bottles so I had to drill a couple of holes in a solid stopper. Looks crappy, but it works.

https://www.ontariobeerkegs.com/Stopper ... mowell.htm
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Post #5 by Diceman » 1 year ago

Thanks .. good ideas .. but I already started working on something . I have a tall skinny plastic lemonade bottle that I am going to install in the Danby .. my cooling fridge .
That way it will be somewhat permanent and I won't have wires hanging off my carboy . Going to make a thermo well for the plastic bottle the fill it with some RV winterizing antifreeze .
fermenter : high gravity fermented Vienna Lager , re-fermenting with abbey ale yeast . kinda experiment .
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Post #6 by SmokeyMcB » 1 year ago

That will work but not as well as if the probe is on or in the fermenter. The fermentation is gonna make heat so you'll be fermenting at a higher temp than you set your fridge at.
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Post #7 by Dave » 1 year ago

Diceman wrote:Thanks .. good ideas .. but I already started working on something . I have a tall skinny plastic lemonade bottle that I am going to install in the Danby .. my cooling fridge .
That way it will be somewhat permanent and I won't have wires hanging off my carboy . Going to make a thermo well for the plastic bottle the fill it with some RV winterizing antifreeze .

That will give you the temp of the chamber, not, the fermenter.

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