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I am trying to hard wire a STC-1000 to a fridge I am trying to convert into a fermentation chamber for fermenting beer. My fridge is a Whirlpool EB9SHKXVQ03, and when I opened the panel where the wires were there were more wires than I thought there would be. I thought I would ask for help because I don't want to just guess and do it wrong. Thank you!

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SOURCE: my refridgerator smells like fermented

This may be from the dirt that has accumulated on its drain or inner panels. Clean out the unit. In that way you can inspect the insides. Clean out every corner and drains. Make sure you check the coils at the back of the fridge. You will have to unscrew the panels inside to get to it. Check if there are balls of ice forming on the coils. There may be a leak, and the smell may also be from the freon.

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Thank you for choosing FixYa. I wanted to ask quickly, why are you using a Ranco temperature controller? According to the manual for this refridgerator (available here even though it doesn't have the model listed, this is what I got every time I searched for this model, so I'm assuming it's the same) on page 20, there is a procedure for altering the internal temperature.

You will need a philips screwdriver, a 5/64" or 2mm allen wrench, and a T-7 torx wrench (all available at home depot, etc). You'll need to alter the temperature by a +20 on the low end, and +33 on the high end. These are referred to cut out and cut in temperatures, respectively. Follow the instructions on the manual to remove the temperature control. Each quarter turn increases the temperature by 2 degrees, to to increase your cut out temperature (the low end) to 50 degrees, you'll need to turn the allen screw clockwise 10/4 turns, or 5 full revolutions. Likewise for the cut in temperature (the high end), turn the T-7 torx screw 6 full revolutions clockwise, followed by a quarter turn (to increase to 67). If you want it up to 68, give it another 1/8 turn.

You can fine tune the temperature (with a little bit of effort and time) by replacing the temperature module then using a digital thermometer to measure the temperature. If it's outside the bounds of your needs, take the temperature control back out and tweak the controls a bit. Clockwise is warmer, anti-clockwise is colder.

I don't know if this actually solves your problem or is impossible for you, but I wanted to let you know in case you weren't aware that this model has a built-in functionality for altering the temperature. The issue you're running into is that constant cycling of the compressor without allowing it to defrost every now and then is very harmful to the system and can end up burning out your compressor, leaving you with very costly repairs.

Also take a look at this document. It is a technical service document for GDM models, and may contain some very good information. It sounds like you are fairly mechanically inclined, so I don't believe that you should have any trouble following the instructions.

Hopefully I could help, let me know if there's anything I didn't answer or anything else I can tell you!


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There is always a bit up of pressure as this allows the carbonation to take place. If you put bottles of beer in the fridge after bottling, it helps to relieve some of the pressure. But the real answer lies in the speed that you open the bottles. Do it really really slowly to allow the pressure to slowly release itself.

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If beer is put in the fridge before fermentation is complete, it will continue to ferment albeit at a very slow rate.

If you then take it out the fridge, active fermentation will re-start.

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At what temperature should I be fermenting my beer? Is there a correct temperature?

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The air lock on my home brew has stopped bubbling after 3 days, does that mean there is a problem?

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I can't get my keg beer under 48 degrees, even at

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