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    Default Anyone Use An Electric Fermentation Heater?

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    Would like to ferment in my garage, but it's getting fucking cold as hell out there. If anyone uses one in conjunction with a Ranco controller I'd like to know if it can keep a fermenter warm in extremely cold situations. I live in the middle of the country so it gets anywhere from freezing to 0F. Not sure this thing would be able to handle those temps or not.

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    Not totally confident, but I rememebr those being spec'ed for a 20ºF temp increase. I bet you would be fine though if you raised it up off the floor and made a little insulation house for it.

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    It'd work, but I always use electric heating pads tied to the side of the fermenter with some twine and wrapped in a towel, and that works fine too. How cold is your garage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan! View Post
    It'd work, but I always use electric heating pads tied to the side of the fermenter with some twine and wrapped in a towel, and that works fine too. How cold is your garage?
    Doesn't get much warmer than the outdoor temperature. I'll probably just continue to ferment indoors.

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    I ferment in my garage and when it gets too cold I hook up a small space heater to a temp controller.
    Mines inside a fridge, but you could rig up some sort of chamber without too much trouble.
    As already mentioned keep the fermenter off the floor.
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    Red there are a number of ways to heat a fermenter, Like Evan says a heat pad or heat belt. The pads I have seen here are solid made from fibre glass with and element inside, also a heat box with a light globe underneath of which you would need a barrier between to prevent light strike. You could use an electric blanket, or an immersion heater used in tropical fish tanks. Also consider pet bed warmers or reptile heaters. Whichever way you go you will need a temperature controller tied to your heat source to keep a lid on over heating.
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