Better fermentation temperature control

Better fermentation temperature control  

  By: _samreese on May 4, 2012, 12:01 p.m.

I have been thinking about buying a dorm-sized fridge to used as a fermentation chamber to get better control of fermentation temperature. I would fit it with a Johnson external thermostat to dial in the temperature I want. Has anyone else done this? How well does it work?
Sam

Re: Better fermentation temperature control  

  By: _Phillip Wilson on May 4, 2012, 3:06 p.m.

I bought a full size fridge for $35 off of craigslist. Then I was lucky enough to find an old fridge down the street from my house for free. They both hold fairly consistent temps for fermenting lagers. Aside from my wife hating that I have two refridgerators in my garage, it is definitely worth getting full size fridges to fit a lot more beer.

I am ordering a controller for one of them so I can ferment ales and keep the temp up during the winter. From what I have read, Ranco produces a better product than Johnson controls, but I do not know from experience.

Re: Better fermentation temperature control  

  By: _Marco on May 4, 2012, 3:37 p.m.

Anthony pointed me in the right direction on ebay for temperature controllers. Search the forum for "ebay" and you will see his recommendations. I bought a temperature control on ebay for my slightly-larger-than-a-dorm-fridge fridge and Lyle helped me wire it up. The cost for completing the project was less than $30. It works well except that I'm too busy right know to brew . I don't remember the name of the controller but that arrived in a box from China.

Polo

Re: Better fermentation temperature control  

  By: _samreese on May 4, 2012, 8:35 p.m.

Thanks for the tips. Marco, do you know what kind of fridge you have? I don't have room for another full size fridge .

I appreciate the suggestion on temperature control. I have a Johnson for my kegerator which works well and maintains temp to within 1 degree.

Re: Better fermentation temperature control  

  By: _Marco on May 4, 2012, 8:53 p.m.

Sam
This is the temperature controller Anthony recommended in ebay and I bought: http://www.mjbcontrols.com.au/index.php?q=node/33. My fridge was a Craig's List find. It was made in Yugoslavia and is a Milovac Deluxe. LOL don't know where you'll be able to find another one but it fits a carboy nicely with a only a minor alteration made to it.
Polo

Re: Better fermentation temperature control  

  By: _bpeugh on June 12, 2012, 3:53 p.m.

I wonder if the temp controllers will work for my small fridge and freezer also because they are a lot cheaper than the Johnson Controls.