Belt Heater Controller
I have been using this type heater for sometime now and find it is one of the best ways to keep the temperature of my wine or other brew at a suitable temperature for optimum fermentation. I find this temperature to be between 19c and 23c. The wine yeasts seem to work very well at these temperature, the sugar water brews for my alcohol and beer also work very well at these temperatures. I use it in the summer and winter.
It makes no difference what the ambient temperature is to this system as it is self contained. If the temperature goes above the set temperature then it will not switch on. If the temperature of the liquid goes below the set temperature the Belt Heater will switch on and maintain that setting. Unlike a lot of other systems out there that you have to switch on and off manually, a right pain if you forget.
A proviso You will have to fit the plug top yourself so it becomes a DIY item. Brown lead goes to the terminal that is nearest to the fuse in the plug top. The blue lead goes to the terminal that is on bottom left side of the plug top. The green and yellow lead goes to the top middle terminal of the plug top. In short Brown right. Blue left. Green / Yellow top middle. The fuse that is supplied will be a 3Amp fuse. Do not fit a larger size fuse. As an aside, the belt takes no more than about 30 watts = to about 1 /30th of an amp =0 .003amps so a 1 amp fuse would suffice.
This Belt Heater system take care of it’s self.
I have also found that a wrap of bubble-wrap about three times around what you are fermenting, either a single demijohn or two together likewise with the beer bucket or again with my favourite at the moment the sugar water this helps counteract ambient temperature changes and more importantly the temperature of the brew, thus making it a bit less expensive. Having said that the belts are only about 25 watts anyway, so you would have to have it running continuously for 40 hours to burn 1Kw. If it is insulated with the bubble wrap I would guesstimate that it would run for 60 hours for your Kilowatt cost even in the cooler times. Mine seemed to be off longer that it was on this winter. 2014/15.
I have set the temperature of the controller to my favourite settings. If this is not to your liking you can alter it yourself. Please be warned this not as simple as it appears in the manual. You must turn on the user interface to be able to alter the settings by holding down one of the setting triangles for a few seconds. I have fitted a 3mt length of flex to the unit. The probe that comes with the temperature control is a fixture and only 1mt in length. I have found this to be perfectly adequate. Simply attach to the DJ or bucket with a piece of masking tape or similar. Try not to place sensor immediately above the heated part of the belt. The unit comes complete with 13amp plug top and is ready to go. ( apart from the masking tape )
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If you require a longer length of flex please let me know. £ 45.00 + £5.85 P&P