Very versitile temperature controler

BamaProud

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I got excited when I came across this gadget SCT-1000 after I got into brewing. I wanted to be able to ferment beer and bulk age beer and wine at precisely controlled temperatures.

Here's the unit, it was about 25 dollars shipped:
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You essentially set a temperature, and program a differential(1 or 2 degrees) and it will cycle on/off your heat and cooling sources as needed.

The only drawback is that it only reads in Celsius...but I work in temperatures in Celsius every day so conversion is no big deal to me.

I am putting it in a 9 by 4 by 3 project box from Radio shack. I think it was 7 dollars.

It doesn't come wired and I ain't no electrician, but I found this wiring diagram from someone who did a similar build:
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The cooling source will be a freezer...because its big enough to hold 4 carboys, but could just as easily be a refrigerator. The heat source will be a heating pad(17 bucks from Walgreens) , but could be a small ceramic heater or even a 100 watt bulb.
Freezer is a 20 dollar craigslist score:
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Project box cutout my cutouts are messy but they will be hidden by electrical outlet covers:
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I think it will also be useful for dry aging and curing meat as well as smoking meat anything where you are trying to maintain a constant temperature.

To use it as a smoker I wouldn't use the cooling stage, I will just bypass the temperature controller on a hop plate(making it always on) and hook it up, set the temperature to whatever smoking temperature I want and put the hop plate filled with wood chips in in my grill. Set it and walk away...I think the hot plate would ignite the chips, but if not I could light them with a torch and they should smolder. Add chips as needed.

I hope to finish it up and test it out tonight. :)
 

BamaProud

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All wired up and functional:
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I ran it through several cycles using hot and cold water with each outlet connected to a separate lamp.

My only problem is now, the heating pad that I planed to use doesn't come back on when power is restored...you have to press a button(or maybe bypass the switch) Is that dangerous?. Probably just need a new heating source.
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I put a Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion chart on it just for convenience. :)
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