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Title: Brewery Control System
Post by: Gribble on December 10, 2011, 08:40:08 AM
I don't know if anyone has seen this before, but I thought it was kind of cool.

http://www.embeddedcc.com (http://www.embeddedcc.com)
Title: Re: Brewery Control System
Post by: wiley on December 12, 2011, 07:28:57 PM
I presume you're referring to Embedded Control Concepts @ www.embeddedcontrolconcepts.com.

I got one of these to control fermentation temperatures -- http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=8299.msg105760#msg105760

All sorts of other applications out there that are pretty slick... I've heard of some crazy stuff people have been able to do with these devices!
Title: Re: Brewery Control System
Post by: another1 on December 13, 2011, 09:01:07 AM
definitely on the Christmas list, cheaper than all the parts I have brought so far to make my own
Title: Re: Brewery Control System
Post by: ntabb on December 13, 2011, 01:13:28 PM
I have the BCS-460 for my electric brewing system and that thing is awesome. I use a touch screen monitor when I need to change a process, but its as automated as I would want it. Definitely recommend it.

(http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae278/nicholasrt/DSC01349.jpg)
Title: Re: Brewery Control System
Post by: Gribble on December 13, 2011, 05:33:35 PM
My only thing with this is going to be switching it to gas rather than electric, but I think it could be done rather simply.  My electrician knows a guy who is a genius when it comes to PLC's
Title: Re: Brewery Control System
Post by: wiley on December 13, 2011, 05:39:31 PM
I have the BCS-460 for my electric brewing system and that thing is awesome. I use a touch screen monitor when I need to change a process, but its as automated as I would want it. Definitely recommend it.

(http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae278/nicholasrt/DSC01349.jpg)

Crazy [awesome] things such as this ^!

Gas is realtively straight-forward too. For controlling gas, you'll need a pilot light and a solenoid valve rated appropriately for gas (check out Grainger -> Asco Red Hats). A word to the wise though: you'll want to make sure you consult a licensed plumber or HVAC tech - someone well versed in gas applications. Not something you want to mess around with if you're not 100% proficient.
Title: Re: Brewery Control System
Post by: Gribble on December 13, 2011, 06:55:21 PM
Check out my system.  Uses pilot system w/ solenoid valves hooked up to the control panel using Ranco ETC's.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=9482.0 (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=9482.0)