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Old 12-31-2007, 12:08 PM   #1
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thermostatic controled wine

I have many hobbies, my wife says too many. One of which is winemaking. I produce my brew in my basement. I need a way to control the temp of my wine as it ferments at between 70 and 75 degrees. It gets colder then that in the winter. My idea is this:

I would like to connect a light bulb, or some other cheap and easy to find heat source to a thermostat. Enclose that inside a wooden box with my wine carboy. Any ideas of the easiest and cheapest way to do this?

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Old 12-31-2007, 12:22 PM   #2
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That sound like it may work, but don't be an Al Gore who "says" he uses CFLs (LOL).

Remember, as your wine ferments it gives off gas (as you know) and also gives off some heat. I have made wine, but was never that concerned about the temperature too much, but it was always higher than I assumed it would be. It was definitely warmer than my basement air temperature.

you may want to sheild the wine somewhat from direct light since you never know what the emissions could do.

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Old 12-31-2007, 01:08 PM   #3
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How could this be wired? Isn't a thermostat 24 volts?
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:25 PM   #4
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Thermostats are available in almost any voltage that you can think of.
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