Fermentation Heat Wrap

  • November 21, 2014 6:34 PM
    Message # 3155986
    Deleted user

    If you need a heat wrap for fermentation, check out Reptile Basics.com. They have 12" tall "heat tape" for $3/foot as well as the extension cord & connectors ($4; add .99 if you want them to connect the wire to the heat tape). I got two 2 footers with the cord and had them connect them (basically a Fermwrap) for $21.98 ($6.99 shipping). A Fermwrap is about $35-$40 so I got 2 for less than the price of 1. You can wrap it around a carboy and control your fermentation temp with a temp controller.

  • November 22, 2014 8:13 AM
    Reply # 3156137 on 3155986
    Deleted user

    Good info. Doug. Have you used it? How did it perform? I'd like to be sure it provides full heat distribution for the carboy (not just where the tape sits on the carboy). Thanks.

  • November 23, 2014 4:00 PM
    Reply # 3156663 on 3155986
    Deleted user

    The wrap I bought is 24" long so it doesn't completely wrap the carboy. However, I've found that is not necessary. The idea is to warm the beer in the carboy to a given temp (provided you're using a temp controller and have a way to also keep the beer in a cooler environment). I tape my controller's (insulated) probe to the carboy in the space between the ends of the wrap. It works very well, same as a Fermwrap. It's possible to keep the beer within about +/- 1 degree.

    Last modified: November 23, 2014 4:00 PM | Deleted user
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