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Ferment controller kickstarter
« on: July 06, 2013, 07:25:38 AM »
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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2013, 09:09:34 AM »
This is pretty cool for sure!

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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2013, 10:33:03 AM »
Yeah,
I'm definitely talk to fakr about programming that functionality into our new brewery control system.
The biggest issue I see is that all the programming is time based, when it really needs to be gravity based, so more like a bunch of individual programs that you can trigger when you test to a gravity. No point in having a program that is set to do each of the steps at a specific day/time combo when what you really want to see is your yeast performing at a certain level, then trigger the step, so I guess all it needs is an electronic gravity reader interfaced with it!  :drink:

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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2013, 10:14:32 AM »
LOL! you're funny Senior!  I'll get right on that!   :rolling:
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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2013, 10:20:21 AM »
I do see a major need for a 2 stage fermentation controller for my fermentation chamber.  Now that I'm using a big 20GAL fermenter, it takes quite some time to lower the liquid temp by 1-2 degrees...and the temp fluctuates by a degree below and a degree above.

I bet the air temp is -10C when the liquid temp is trying to drop by 3 degrees...so I need a dual stage controller...the cold stage taking the temp of the liquid, and the warm stage taking the air temp.  the warm stage can be set so the chamber doesn't go all the way down 0C and overshoot my temp drop.  (ex. liquid was at 20C, I set controller to 16C, freezer shuts off at 16C, but overshoots and I get 13C)

I think the new controllers will do this for us Senior.
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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2013, 02:20:50 PM »
You might be interested in this http://www.thebeerbug.com/index.php

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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2013, 06:04:12 PM »
That's very interesting jduek, thanks, I'll check it out...if the thing really worked, I'd definitely be interested.
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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2013, 01:39:04 AM »
Awesome idea!  Beer nerds stop at nothing!!

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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2014, 12:31:07 PM »
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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2014, 10:11:34 PM »
BrewPi( http://www.brewpi.com/ ) seems like a better choice than this guys solution, But you do have to do some of the work yourself. Does everything his does for less cost and has a web interface for settings and data logs.

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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2014, 10:09:39 AM »
Yes as always, opensource and some assembly (and soldering) required is a bit cheaper. I would be interesting to look at these two together and see what the differences are. I suspect though, wifi and closed system are likely easier to use and the rasp pi version is nicer to play with but more work.... if anyone in the club has the extra couple hundred to drop on either of these, it would be great of them to give us a look!
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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2014, 06:39:21 PM »
I like this one, mostly because it looks nice but I'm sure someone could come up with a better reason. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lyonslabs/brewnanny-home-brew-monitor
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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2014, 09:57:40 AM »
That one is neat, but pricey. It's too bad it doesn't work in conjunction with a temp controller.

*Edit - I guess the more expensive version does have temp control. Makes the BrewPi seem like a bargain, and a fun DIY
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Re: Ferment controller kickstarter
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2014, 11:01:40 AM »
That one is neat, but pricey. It's too bad it doesn't work in conjunction with a temp controller.

*Edit - I guess the more expensive version does have temp control. Makes the BrewPi seem like a bargain, and a fun DIY

You only say that to preemptively dissuade me from buying one. You know me too well. Thanks buddy :cheers:
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