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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Chamber, won't stop running
« on: October 05, 2015, 08:23:05 PM »
Alestateyall is correct. I didn't even think about that. Plug the freezer into the wall and see if the walls get cold. By cold I mean very cold, not slightly cold.
Wow, yeah... Took way to long. Thanks so much for hanging in there with me. That wasnt clicking at all...

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Chamber, won't stop running
« on: October 05, 2015, 08:20:08 PM »
I see..... Sigh, thanks.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Chamber, won't stop running
« on: October 05, 2015, 08:14:10 PM »
Ya the freezer is running but its going through the controller. So the temperature should reach 62 inside the freezer and cut off. However it just keeps running. Correct, if the freezer was plugged straight into the wall, bypassing my controller, everything should be frozen, but thats not what Im doing. Sorry, im not too sure how i explained this so funky. Im sure i used inappropriate terminology.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Chamber, won't stop running
« on: October 05, 2015, 08:01:54 PM »

Then I think your compressor is bad.
Could you explain for the simple minded? You think if i disconnected thw controller it would keep running, too?
You said in your first post the freezer ran for 24 hours. In that case, it should have gotten very cold. There would be no doubt the freezer was working (or not) if it ran continuously for 24 hours. Everything should be frozen inside if it is working.

I don't understand your question. If you disconnect the controller and plug the freezer in directly it will run until its internal thermostat is satisfied the inside is thoroughly frozen.

It sounds like the controller works because it turns off the freezer when provided a set point above the current temp of the probe.
Sorry, i dont think i explained it well. For example, i have the controller hooked up and probe in the freezer. Controller is set at a temperature of 62 degrees. It ran 24 hours. I set to 64 and it stopped immediately. Then an hour later (or so), it kicked back on and ran for another 24 hours. Sorry long day, but does that make sense? This has happened many times..

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Chamber, won't stop running
« on: October 05, 2015, 07:51:32 PM »

The chance of failure on the mechanical switch isn't unheard of. I would stop using it and get a replacement before you kill the freezer.

You could try to open it up to see what's going on, but the relay on the inside is riveted shut.


Hmm, maybe the power of you tube could walk me through it, otherwise id be willing to try another one..

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Chamber, won't stop running
« on: October 05, 2015, 07:46:34 PM »
Then I think your compressor is bad.
Could you explain for the simple minded? You think if i disconnected thw controller it would keep running, too?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Chamber, won't stop running
« on: October 05, 2015, 07:41:25 PM »
Then it shouldn't be a jumper issue.

Does the freezer cool past the set point or is it stuck 1 degree above?

My guess is no, but i havent taken an exact measurement.. I feel that it is "holding" it at my set temp. Not much cooler, not much warmer... Just lingering.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Chamber, won't stop running
« on: October 05, 2015, 07:30:47 PM »
Only thing I can think of is to check your jumpers. You may have JUMP1 set for heating.
I have no idea what that means.. I just plugged the controller into my outlet, then my freezer into that, and placed the probe inside... Thats about as much as i inow. Ive had it for a few years, never a problem until now.

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Equipment and Software / Fermentation Chamber, won't stop running
« on: October 05, 2015, 07:06:03 PM »
I have a Johnson Controller with the metal probe and dial (not digital), set up on my fermentation chamber/freezer.  My problem is; the freezer will not stop running.  It has been going for almost 24 hours now...  I know the probe is responsive, because if I turn the dial up one degree the fridge cuts off.  Eventually, once it has warmed up that one degree, the freezer will kick back on and run forever! I've played this game since 50 degrees, and now I'm in the mid 60's.  The freezer will only turn off if I move the dial up in temperature, it has never cut itself off.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter for Slurry?
« on: September 29, 2015, 01:19:34 PM »
I would make a 'starter' with the main wort on brewday and pitch at high krausen.

Thanks, good idea.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Starter for Slurry?
« on: September 29, 2015, 01:06:50 PM »
Should I make a starter for a yeast slurry (unwashed) that has been in the fridge for 4 weeks?  If I do, is there any harm? What about it I do NOT?

The yeast is wyeast 3787, and  I have about 300ml at peanut butter consistency. My target OG will prob be around 1.080 ~4gallons

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Rehydration/wort temperature
« on: September 24, 2015, 06:47:12 PM »
If I was worried about rehydrated dry yeast being too warm for my wort, I would use a wine thief and slowly add a little cooled wort a few drops at a time, not too much to shock the yeast.  Eventually, I'd bring the ~100F solution down to the wort's temperature.. This is definitely an extra step and takes a little time and good sanitation practices... but a war could be started if I bring up hydrating or not when it comes to dry yeast. 

BUT, nothing wrong with bringing it closer to wort temps!  Sounds desirable to me, if I were yeast...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3787 for Weizenbock
« on: September 10, 2015, 11:13:52 AM »
You're more likely to taste it and think you made a quad than a weizenbock. That's not a bad thing.

Quad was on the back burner, maybe 90% pils, 10% dark syrup, pinch of aromatic and call it a day.

Then, I'll do a weizenbock with 3068 which seems more appropriate... I wanted the weizenbock done around the holidays.  I thought it might have been probable with a big 3787 cake.  Now, I'm not too sure if I can get a high SG Quad out by then? But thats for a different post. 

If my heart is set on weizenbock I should do the right yeast and not be disappointed later. Thanks!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3787 for Weizenbock
« on: September 10, 2015, 08:02:55 AM »
I don't think you'd end up with anything that resembles a weizenbock using 3787, which is NOT to say it won't taste good - just not weizenbock. Something more Belgian would also taste good. Hope this helps.
It does help! My mind needs to be put in check. Thanks.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast 3787 for Weizenbock
« on: September 10, 2015, 07:47:58 AM »
I have a 3787 yeast cake, and I'm in the mood for a weizenbock.  If I use a standard weizenbock recipe could I get close?  OR would I be better off doing a dubbel or tripel, something more Belgian?

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