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Old 27-11-2017, 01:10 PM   #1
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So I've just ordered the inkbird 308 and a 1ft tube heater for my fridge to allow me to brew all year round,

Anyone got one that has any tips or things to look out for , seems fairly plug and play,

I'll do a little review of it when it's up and running, tho the proof is in the beer I guess
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Old 27-11-2017, 01:15 PM   #2
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Mine worked brilliantly for 11 months and then broke. Dead easy to set up and allowed really effective temp control. Beer quality improved significantly as a result. Just debating whether to get myself a replacement, or what alternatives are available. It is a top product, i just hope that mine isn't reflective of the standard useful life.
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Old 27-11-2017, 01:47 PM   #3
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I have two and both work perfectly. Be careful to calibrate it if the temp reading is out, my second one was nearly two degrees out!


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I got 3! A great bit of kit...put a piece of sponge/insulation on the side of the fv to snug the temp probe under.
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Out of curiosity and im sure I know the answer, untill I get my heater for fridge could I just plug a brew belt or pad into the heating socket and use that on its own with probe on side of bucket and belt around bucket and use ambient temp for cold as porch is about 14-16 degrees at mo
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Out of curiosity and im sure I know the answer, untill I get my heater for fridge could I just plug a brew belt or pad into the heating socket and use that on its own with probe on side of bucket and belt around bucket and use ambient temp for cold as porch is about 14-16 degrees at mo

That's what I do in the garage, Brew Belt around both FVs and the ambient for cooling, works well at this time of year.

I have one on an Inkbird and one on a home built STC
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Bottled - AG#2 Hobgoblin Style Ruby - might take a while, it's not bad but then again it isn't good , Slowly improving, very little carbonation, bit to malty in flavour

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PB#1 - AG#4 - Exmoor Gold Clone
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That's what I do in the garage, Brew Belt around both FVs and the ambient for cooling, works well at this time of year.

I have one on an Inkbird and one on a home built STC
Brilliant, next question,

Safety aspect on putting a heatpad on top of a fridge , is it safe or shall I insulate it with a peice of wood or something
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Guess that depends on where the electrical connection is and whether it gets wet from condensation or not, my freezer in the garage always seems to have a wet top.

Nothing to be lost by adding a layer between fridge top and heat pad, and maybe make sure the lead droops in such a way that any water only flows down and drips off.
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FV1: Empty
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Conditioning:

Bottled - AG#2 Hobgoblin Style Ruby - might take a while, it's not bad but then again it isn't good , Slowly improving, very little carbonation, bit to malty in flavour

Drinking:

PB#1 - AG#4 - Exmoor Gold Clone
PB#2 - AG#5 - Brown Porter

Planning:

AG#6 Own recipe Mild 5L test batch
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I have one controlling my fridge and they are great. I don't bother using a heater in mine as i only use it to crash.
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Got this wired up to a heatpad and using ambient temp for cooling , can't praise this enough , so easy to set up and keeps it in the programmed temp ranges, well worth every penny, and almost impossible to brew without it
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