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Equipment and Software / Re: Is this a poor shape for a mash tun?
« on: April 21, 2012, 08:28:45 AM »
Actually I just bought a 70qt cooler yesterday. I've got my ball valve from my old mash tun installed and I'm going to pick up a SS braid today.

Hehe by "cool factor" I meant that in the nerdiest way possible.  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First brew
« on: April 21, 2012, 08:13:59 AM »
And there are very few basements here. Can't imagine there being any in the Houston area.

If I tried to make a basement here in Florida I'd end up with a pond under my house!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First brew
« on: April 20, 2012, 07:26:56 PM »
How do those of you who live in the hotter climates do your fermentation?

I did one batch with a swamp cooler then went out and bought a freezer from Home Depot and a temp controller from Amazon...unless you keep your A/C on 68 or lower you'll enjoy your beer much more by getting a small freezer.

You could always hook up wireless and use WCF to log through a hosted solution elsewhere in your brewery/home.  I am not sure a power outage is a concern that I would worry much about since your ability to cool is pretty much lost, although the temperature logs may still be useful.


I think eventually I'll play around with that. All I wanted initially was a way to store the fermentation profile and my current state...I could probably do that in less that 100 bytes but for now there's no way for me to write to any NVRAM (I don't think the arduino has this limitation).

There would definitely be a "cool factor" to being able to see your "brewery's" fermentation status online, in real time, and be able to adjust temps remotely. I guess I've been inspired ever since I set up Nest thermostats in my house. *nerd alert*

It's a kit weekend for me...pinot noir kit Saturday and a Brewer's Best continental pilsner kit Sunday.  Too busy to do a full all-grain batch.

This is the temperature sensor I ordered: Waterproof DS18B20 Digital temperature sensor

I don't get it until Tuesday, so I'll spend the weekend going over the libraries already out there for reading this type of sensor.

I've already made one mistake by buying the cheapest model netduino ($35) so I had to pick up a $20 sd card reader. Pretty useless unless I can save user settings that will survive a power outage.

Once I understand how to read from the temp sensor I'll write something to simply log temperature data.

Equipment and Software / Any netduino/arduino programmers out there?
« on: April 19, 2012, 08:33:14 PM »
My Netduino arrives tomorrow. If you don't know what it is, it's a microcontroller that you can program using the C# language and Microsoft's .Net Micro Framework. It's made to be compatible with hardware designed for the Arduino.

I've also ordered a waterproof digital thermostat and some other odds and ends. I'd like to make a "super" temperature controller for fermentation:
-load fermentation profiles for different styles
-create smooth ramp-up and ramp-down slopes for temperature.
-log temp data
-be able to monitor temp status remotely

A few searches came up with some pre-existing projects that have some of what I want to do already. And this will be an open-source project.

Any other netduino or arduino programmers on this forum?

I'll bet there is a correlation, but we'd need to gather data, which means emptying a lot of bottles :)

and then blowing them up?

Mythbusters style!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« on: April 19, 2012, 07:19:17 AM »
I have this one for hops and salts
Tested with a friend's calibration weights and it's accurate.

Definitely going to snag one of these. My current scale only goes down to the whole gram. I'd like something a bit more accurate since I'm doing more half-batches with high AA% hops. The difference between 4.5g and 5.4g of Chinook or Simcoe has the potential to be an appreciable difference in a 2.5 gallon batch.

You'll need to get a 500g calibration weight if you want to calibrate it.  Before calibration it was off by 0.1g. I didn't know this and bought a 50g weight, but a friend of mine had a full set that included 500.

My only complaint (and it really is just nit-picking) is when measuring salts I tend to take a long time to get it right and it shuts off after several minutes to save battery. To prevent this now I turn it off/on in between salts.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: force carbonation
« on: April 18, 2012, 08:31:32 PM »
So jealous. Will have to start kegging soon.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Plastic Bucket for Lager Primary
« on: April 18, 2012, 07:46:22 PM »
If Better Bottles are good enough for JZ then they're good enough for me!  :P

Though I can't attest to his use of them for extended periods.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« on: April 18, 2012, 07:28:47 PM »
I have this one for hops and salts
Tested with a friend's calibration weights and it's accurate.

The scale I got for grain only weighs up to 11lbs. It's from Polder and was about $18 at Costco.

Equipment and Software / Re: My letter to SWMBO
« on: April 18, 2012, 12:01:53 PM »
Just keep a running total of how much money you would have spent on craft brew instead of making your own. You will either make your case or land yourself in an AA program!  :o

Also completed the survey. However, I had a monkey select the answers at random. Bad monkey!



ROFL! Images of Dieter popped up when I read that!

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