markaberrant wrote:1. Ambient temperature, even inside a freezer is not the same as the temp of the wort. A thermowell is nice to have, but not necessary, and is totally useless if you go back to fermenting in buckets like I have done (so long blow off tubes and additional mess). I tape the probe to the side of a carboy/bucket, then place a folded hand towel over it and tape to the carboy as well. This creates a nice layer of insulation and provides a very accurate reading of the wort temp.
2. Just use a brew belt.
3. The power cord on my brew belt is fairly flat, it is thin enough that the freezer still closes up nicely. Same with the probe, it is quite thin. Holes are not required.
4. Like I say, just use a brew belt.
Derek wrote:Here's a relatively inexpensive fridgemate:
http://www.homebrew-supplies.ca/viartsh ... tem_id=589
But the 1 degree C precision isn't ideal.
The Ranko has 1 degree F precision... I'm thinking this one:
http://www.etcsupply.com/ranco-etc11100 ... -p-87.html
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