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Pimp My System / Re: Thinking about automation. Where to start...?
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:44:04 PM »
Great thread G ! I'll be watching this. I'm enjoying the Isaac Newton method still but I am RIMS/HERMS curious

I'm some gravity/some pump.  I found a bit of info at www.brewershardware.com.  My big problem is figuring out what parts are needed and what they do.

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Pimp My System / Thinking about automation. Where to start...?
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:15:31 PM »
I think it's time to add some automation to my brew day I still want some hands-on), but I don't have a clue where to start.  I look at pictures of other homebrewers' systems, and people just assume everyone knows how these things work.  Are there any good websites, etc... to get me pointed in the right direction to learn about things like RIMS vs HERMS, temp controllers, Love switches, PIDS, low vs high pressure propane, and so forth?

Thanks in advance.

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Pimp My System / Re: Gravity Fed Strut stand
« on: July 11, 2013, 12:02:17 PM »
What's covering the 2nd and floor levels?  Looks like some kind of perforated metal.

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The Pub / Re: Pronunciation of "Saison"
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:44:26 PM »
Saying Saison correctly is no problem, but I'll go to my grave wondering if I'm supposed to say "May-bock" or "My-bock."

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The Pub / Re: A Good Day to Die Hard movie review
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:41:50 PM »
"Die Hard" was the ultimate no-brainer-guy movie.  No plot.  Cardboard characters, stereotyped good vs. evil.  But lots of stuff got blown up real good.  It delivered what it was supposed to.

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The Pub / Re: I am really disappointed in Sam Adams
« on: July 06, 2013, 01:10:10 PM »
This thread is a teasing squirrel to my inner political chihuahua.

I know, but I promised Denny I'd be good.

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The Pub / Re: I am really disappointed in Sam Adams
« on: July 05, 2013, 10:09:38 PM »
They're talking about beer.  You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger conservative than I.  Whatever, dude.  It's beer.  It's a commercial.  Who  takes commercials seriously, anyway?  Many more bigger fish to get upset about.

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Events / Re: NHC Awards Dinner
« on: July 01, 2013, 03:27:05 PM »
Kudo's to the Philadelphia crew for an excellent conference.  After the recipe and ingredient commentary by Sean Paxton I was prepared for an outstanding meal.  To my and my foodie groups disappointment the Stromboli could have been better described as a pretzel with the pork inside grossly overcooked.  It was a shame that the chef's ideas were so poorly executed, not typical of a Marrriot .  Anybody have a great meal?  I hope so.

My wife and I liked the food, much better than the banquet fare at my last conference in Minnesota. (Technically, as you said, it wasn't a Stromboli.) We're very picky, actually.  Lots of times we avoid restaurants because the cooking is so much better at home.

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Had a great conference, but definitely dazed and confused.  The size of everything was mind-boggling.

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Just returned from the NHC and found my replacement controller waiting for me.  It works like a champ.  Thanks for your help, folks.

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As far as the Ranco - they are pretty solid machines.

Maybe you have the heating/cooling functions set incorrectly? Or maybe the you've set the offset to your temp setpoint instead of the actual temp setting.

I'm pretty certain it's hooked up right.  I have "S1" for cooling, which is set for 65F (room temp is 77F) with a 3 degree diff.  This is set up as C1.  Next, I have S2m which is set for heating at 55F with a 3 degree diff.  This is H2.

I tried switching things, thinking maybe S1 and S2 were switched when it was wired.

I'm waiting to hear back from customer service (an oxymoron if there ever was one) at ETC.

I'm really looking forward to your "House Sour" seminar at the conference, BTW!

Well that sounds like the correct setup. You may just have a loose wire on one of the relays.

The Ranco controller manual give you a schematic, and I'm pretty sure MoreBeer wired it up similarly. You can unplug it, open it up, and check the connections.

If that doesn't work, you may have a fried relay, in which MoreBeer should just set you up with an exchange.

I didn't get it from MoreBeer (gasp).  I got it from ETC, a specialty supplier in Ohio.  I'm fairly certain there is a lose wire, but I'm afraid to open it because it might void the warranty, and I'm clueless with wiring.  Hopefully, an exchange is in order.

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As far as the Ranco - they are pretty solid machines.

Maybe you have the heating/cooling functions set incorrectly? Or maybe the you've set the offset to your temp setpoint instead of the actual temp setting.

I'm pretty certain it's hooked up right.  I have "S1" for cooling, which is set for 65F (room temp is 77F) with a 3 degree diff.  This is set up as C1.  Next, I have S2m which is set for heating at 55F with a 3 degree diff.  This is H2.

I tried switching things, thinking maybe S1 and S2 were switched when it was wired.

I'm waiting to hear back from customer service (an oxymoron if there ever was one) at ETC.

I'm really looking forward to your "House Sour" seminar at the conference, BTW! 

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Have you tried heating the probe a lot to see if that kicks it on?  Hot water for example?  You could try it in ice water too, see if that does anything.

At this point, I am grasping at straws.  I think I'll have to return it for another one.

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Hopefully that solves it. This kind of stuff drives me up the wall. I hate when I get something home and it doesn't work.

Appreciated your ideas, though.

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It's either programmed wrong, broken, or the fridge is broken.

Plug a lamp into it. Good bulb and turned on. See if it turns the bulb on when it should be turning the fridge on

I tried taking the probe out of the water.  The fridge starts right up when it's plugged in directly.  Even though I didn't get it from MoreBeer (got it online from ETC), some reviewers on MoreBeer said their units had a software issue and customer service (which is closed until Monday) was able to resolve it.

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