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damo_m

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I am looking to buy a device that controls my brews as in summer its too hot and winter is tough for porters and ales so for all year brewing I was looking for a heating/cooling therm control.

I found this one that doesnt need to be hardwired by an electrician, looks ok with a 240V plug not hardwired.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Home-Brew-tempe...=item3f1d12b986

Anyone have an opinion on these? Or anyone bought a 240V plug that works awesome?

Cheers
Damo
 

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That's just a $20 STC-1000 that somebody has wired up & is selling. I could be wrong, but given the amateur look of the product I strongly suspect that their unit is not approved by Electrical Standards Australia - If so they are risking up to an $825,000 fine or 2 years jail if it happens to burn your house down. They could even cop a very hefty fine just for selling an unapproved unit.

Better just buy an stc-1000 off ebay and wire it up yourself / with the assistance of an electrican.
 

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I assume just buy the 220V one from China, $23 + free postage not bad. I am not very good at wiring stuff up, I have a mate who is an electrician so I am sure it will be easy for him :)
 

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Yep, do that. There are tons of diagrams & "how-to" guides on this forum. Spend another $15 for a few bits & pieces from jaycar, invite your mate over and you're set to go.
 

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Nice many thanks. What else needs to be bought from Jaycar? Casing or wires?
 

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That's just a $20 STC-1000 that somebody has wired up & is selling. I could be wrong, but given the amateur look of the product I strongly suspect that their unit is not approved by Electrical Standards Australia - If so they are risking up to an $825,000 fine or 2 years jail if it happens to burn your house down. They could even cop a very hefty fine just for selling an unapproved unit.

Better just buy an stc-1000 off ebay and wire it up yourself / with the assistance of an electrican.

Amateur all right the 4 rubber bungs in the corner of the box are feet for the box
Even the box is upside down
 

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Nice many thanks. What else needs to be bought from Jaycar? Casing or wires?
Jaycar jiffy box, three buck extension cord (x2 if you want heating and cooling). I got mine for $16 so the total cost is slightly over $20.

This diagram:



Cut the cords in two allowing short female cords and a long male. Also cut a donor length of about 10cm from two of the cords and strip the outer insulation as you need extra live and neutral wires (see diagram).

Disclaimer: When you're finished, take it and the diagram to a sparkie and get them to check your work. If you can tie shoelaces and read a map you can wire one of these - just be fastidious and thorough and triple check everything is tight and correct.

Here's what it looks like (without the heating circuit).

 

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thanks guys, perfect, looks pretty easy actually will get sparky mate to double check. Make brewing all year round easy as...
 

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