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Does anyone know of a cheap cost effective way of keeping the temperature up on the fermenter over winter? I'm just looking at any alternatives to a heating belt or pad.
i'd definitely go with:Bribie G said:Dead or turned-off fridge and a 3L hot water bottle out of the HWS every night - anyway that's what I'll try, and the hot water is heated up offpeak so it's not using electricity all the time.
Anyone know how much a heat belt uses?
I see that CraftBrewer don't sell them.
how would you use that mat? under the fermenter or around it? it says in there to not have it touching plastic. i'd be worried my fermenter would slowly melt! i guess if on a low low setting though it'd be alright?Fourstar said:i'd definitely go with:
a dead/turned off fridge
a large PC case fan to circulate air (on for entire ferment)
one of these bad boys. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/EH-0201-5W-15cm-x-14cm-Heat-Mat-Pad-for-Reptiles-Snakes-Lizards-Seedling-Crabs-/251193500748?pt=AU_Pet_Supplies&hash=item3a7c4ca44c&_uhb=1#ht_555wt_1144
if its a working fridge, cycle the mat and fridge and you'll be holding consistent temperatures. However, given how well a fridge is insulated and once its up to temperatures, it will take a significant amount of time to drop a few degrees so the fridge probably isn't required to be connected. I purchased one of these heat mats for use w/saisons but i havent got around to using it other than making yogurt. Given the radiant heat it puts out, great bang for your buck IMO.