Fermentation temperature has a lot to do with how your finished beer turns out.
As seasons turn, you may need a boost to keep fermentation temperatures up. Here’s a roundup of some of the available options out there along with some related reviews and resource posts
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Fermentation Heaters and Warmers
- Pictured: Inkbirdplus Heat Mat – affiliate link, note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link
- The FermWrap heater – via MoreBeer – is attached to your fermenter using tape. Directions (at least as of this posting) say that it is okay to use this in conjunction with a carboy bag. 40 Watts. Ability to raise temperature from 5 to 20 deg F from ambient. Additional sources (for similar devices, may not be identical, read each product page for description and specifications) – Similar: Adventures in Homebrewing, Fermentation Heater by The Weekend Brewer via Amazon, Homebrew Fermentation Heater via Amazon, Fermentation Heater via eBay
- Brew Belt Style Heaters – Adventures in Homebrewing, Brew Fermentation Heating Belt via Amazon
- Brewer’s Edge Space Heater – via William’s Brewing – from William’s
- Heat Pad for Beer and Wine Making -via Adventures in Homebrewing – via AIH: “This rigid plastic heat pad for your fermenters and carboys is the ideal solution for cold fermenting and brewing problems. This unit provides ideal temperature for year round brewing, fermenting, and wine making in cold conditions. Convenient and easy to use, simply place on a flat surface, put your fermenter or carboy on it and plug it in. Supplies constant, steady convection heat (25 watts, 110v) without creating any hot spots, while being very inexpensive to run.”
- Brewing & Fermentation Heat Pad
- Lots More! New models come out regularly. Search Amazon for “Fermenation Heater” to shop around
Homebrewers have been known to use smaller power space heaters as a heating source. These can be had in the 100 watt range which equates to around the same wattage as a strong lightbulb. There are potential safety issues to consider using this type of a heater. If you’re considering one of these, I’d recommend contacting the manufacturer to ask about your intended application.
These work in conjunction with your heating and/or cooling devices to help you control fermentation temperature. Although this post is generally focused on cooler temperatures, you can gain further control by using a dual stage unit to control both a heater and a cooling device. That means you should have good control year round.
- Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller [via Amazon] – Hands on Review -This is a stellar dual stage temp controller that is generally a great value
- Inkbird WiFi ITC-308 – All the awesomeness of the ITC-308 + WiFi!- Hands on Review
- Inkbird Itc-301TB via Amazon – Similar to the Itc-308 with added benefit of 12 timers to control fermentation temperatures
- Ranco ETC-111000-000 Digital Electronic Temperature Control – via eBay – this is an unwired, single stage temp controller.
- Inkbird IPB-16 15A Digital Pre-Wired PID Temperature Controller Thermostat with PT100 Probe, One SSR Output, One Relay Alarm Output, AC100V -240V [via Amazon] – This is a WIRED single stage PID temperature controller. This gets you the benefits of PID control without having to wire something yourself
- Johnson A421 Digital Temp Controller affiliate link, note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link] – Digital, Wired, Single Stage
- Inkbird ITC-1000 Digital Temperature Controller [via Amazon] – Unwired, dual stage digital temperature controller.
- Lots More! New models come out regularly. Search Amazon for “Digital Temperature Controller” to shop around
Related Gear, Resource Posts and Reviews
- Hands On Review: Inkbird ITC-308 Dual Stage Temperature Controller
- Homebrew Hack: Mimicking Dual Stage Temp Control with a Single Stage Controller
- Step by Step Temperature Build Using the STC/ITC-1000
- Resource Post: Temp Controller Round Up!
- Fermentation Temperature Control Category at MoreBeer
- Resource Page: Yeast Starters and Fermentation
Benefits to Fermenting In Kegs!
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