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Aquarium Immersion Heaters Directly In Wort?

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5 years 5 days ago #401 by Dullahan Brewing
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ok i am not happy with the fermwrap heater i have for the outside of my 33lt bucket fermenter. Wires too delicate,no temp control etc etc. So one option i have been looking at is using an aquarium type immersion heater directly in the wort during primary fermentation. I would like opinions on this method and pros and cons please.

I must say first that i do not forsee infection being an issue here as a good dousing with starsan like everything else should sort that and the lead will be entering the Fv through a sealed rubber bung. :woohoo:

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5 years 5 days ago #406 by munisingbeer
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Hmmm, very interesting. only concern I can see is the small surface area might only heat a small portion of thewort. if you do this I'd be interested in how it comes out. good luck

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5 years 5 days ago #408 by Gash
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People have used them before, they arent very popular though. Most aquarium immersion heaters are usually recommended to have the top out of the water, this is difficult in a brew due to the rising of the wort during some fermentations. If you do find the right sort make sure you get one appropriate to the size of your fermenter too. Also try and get one that hasnt got too many nooks and crannys for nasties to hide in! Check around the brew shops and you may find a purpose built one, they will more than likely be more expensive, but just make sure they are built well and not just a cheaper repackaged aquarium heater.
Good Luck!

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5 years 5 days ago #409 by Dullahan Brewing
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Fair enough. Between this and a heat pad for under the fv which would be better?

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5 years 5 days ago #411 by Gash
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I think a heat pad is a lot less trouble. I also think a temperature controller is still important to regulate it.

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5 years 5 days ago #413 by Dullahan Brewing
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So basically hook a stc 1000 up to a heat pad and away you go ?

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5 years 5 days ago #414 by Gash
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yep put the fermenter on the heat pad, attach the temp. probe to the side of the fermenter like that photo I posted before, and rig up your temp. controller and plug the heat pad into it.

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5 years 5 days ago #417 by Dullahan Brewing
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When you order the stc 1000 does it come with a temp probe or do you have to buy that seperate?

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5 years 5 days ago #418 by munisingbeer
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both of mine came with, just be sure to get the 110v or 220v correct for you

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5 years 5 days ago - 5 years 5 days ago #419 by Gash
Gash replied the topic: Aquarium Immersion Heaters Directly In Wort?
just to let you know the 220v is fine for 240v thats what we have here, I think they go off where you live?
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Hello all , hope your brews are outstanding. Bottling day for me tommorrow. Should be good. cheers. :D

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Brew day tomorrow, should be good, one sleep to go ,cheers. :D

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Happy new year brewers, ;)

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Merry Christmas Brewers, Have a good one. :D

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