Home brew heater is what you will need when you try to make your own brew at home. Most brewing enthusiasts want to make their own beer at home because it is cheap and easy once you understand the instructions and follow them carefully. When you are brewing the yeast the temperatures have to be 60 to 70 degrees F. These temperatures are not difficult to keep during Spring right up to Fall. It is during winter that home brewers find it hard to keep this temperature steady while brewing in their sheds or basements.
Home brew heaters are thus used to keep the beer fermenting at a steady temperature while the yeast thrives and does its work. The following equipment will help you: Plate Heaters are like the flexible heat pads but these are rigid and should be kept under the fermenter at the desired temperature. This plate heater will give off a heat at a continuous level to keep the brew warm. However, the pad needs to be controlled so that you don’t over heat the beer. Available in 30-60 watt power these plate heaters cost less than the flexible heating-pads.
Flexible heat-pads that are placed under the fermenter also provide the heat needed for the brew. The pads can be wrapped around the fermenter bottom if the containers are of an odd shape. The brew that is fermenting heats up and the liquid is warmed due to convection and conduction. These flexible head-pads can be washed and even controlled in order to keep the desired target temperature.
A belt heater also does the trick! These wrap around the fermenter in order to give warmth to the whole surface of the container. The belt heater can be plugged but cannot be thermostat controlled therefore one has to be careful while using it. This is the cheapest heater you can use in home brewing. Used with a timer or thermostat it works even better!
Many home brewers also use a hot plate. This can be used at a very low temperature. Care has to be taken during usage because these hot plates are electrical and produce very high temperatures that vary a lot. Other home brew heaters include the Ferm Wrap Heater that controls fermenting temperatures and brewing systems. This heater keeps the yeast happy and the fermenting mixture warm during winter. What makes them popular is the fact that they are not like the old belts. These heaters cover a huge area of the fermentation vessel or carboy thus providing an even distribution of heat. The heater adheres directly to the fermenter with the use of tape or it can also be used the area in the box where the ferementer is placed.
Home brew heater is needed to keep your home brew vat at a regulated and constant temperature so that there is perfect fermentation during the cold months in winter. A brew belt that is wrapped round the fermenter maintains a constant temperature of 70 to 75F.