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A bit of an expensive way to heat your wine! Very cosy though!

Beer and Wine Making Heaters

There's two main types. Thermostatic and not thermostatic.

Thermostatic means the heater switches itself off when the wine gets warm enough.

The thermostatic ones are pre-set to 24 C but are adjustable. They are a higher energy rating but if you lag the fermenter they actually work out more economic. Especially if you plan to use it in a garage or somewhere with no heat.

They are made of glass, so they're  fragile and you need to sterilise them because they sit in the  wine/beer

Some people don't like the thought of having electrical items in their wine/beer!

Non Thermostatic means they just get warm and stay switched on. A bit like a light bulb. If the weather gets hot they can overheat the wine, if it's cold the container needs to be lagged a bit, they are simple to use and since they go outside the fermenter don't need sterilising.

Both have their faults - Both have their good points!

A stick on thermometer is a quick easy way to check the temperature of your wine/beer!

The back of the fridge gives off a lot of heat, you may be able to stand your wine/beer on top of the fridge- this works very well for some people! I wouldn't try it with one of those tall larder fridges though...


Stick on Thermometer

Sticks on the outside of the fermenter , if you're careful with the washing they last for years!

Brewbelt - 5 Gall/25 litre Non Thermostatic

An orange plastic belt that goes on the outside of the fermenter.


1 Gallon/Demi John Heating Tray

10w 1 Demijohn Heater. 15x15cm

2 Demijohn Electric Heating Tray Non Thermostatic

Hmm, well it fits two demi johns!


4 Demijohn Electric Heater tray

A bit bigger than the 25 litre tray, will take four Demi Johns easily or a bucket or a 5 gall fermenter.



Brewmaker 25 Litre Heat Tray Non Thermostatic

Fits a 25 litre/5 gallon fermenter.


Immersion Heater-5gall/30 litre Thermostatic TE75

Fish tank type heater. The most efficient heater, made of glass and is immersed in the  wine/beer.


25 Litre/5 Gallon Heating Pad Non Thermostatic

A different type of heating pad. 25 w so it doesn't take much juice  and made for a bucket or a fermenting bin.


How to make a cheap wine or beer heater

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