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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 20, 2012, 03:33:14 AM »
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, 02:19:17 PM »
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 19, 2012, 03:31:32 AM »
So jealous. Will have to start kegging soon.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Plastic Bucket for Lager Primary
« on: April 19, 2012, 02:46:22 AM »
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 19, 2012, 02:28:47 AM »
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, 07:01:53 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!

The questions aren't exactly personal.

Ingredients / Re: What about smoked oats?
« on: April 17, 2012, 12:34:18 PM »
I have a propane smoker (Hank Hill would be proud of all the propane I use). Yeah I think a blend of smoked and roasted may be better. I'll experiment.

When I was searching for recipes they all used smoked malts and never smoked oats, I guess because you can't buy them.

Ingredients / What about smoked oats?
« on: April 17, 2012, 01:00:31 AM »
I love the oatmeal stout recipe in Brewing Classic Styles. Rather than roasting the oats has anyone ever tried putting them in a smoker?  I'm thinking something like oak,  not too strong.  The smoker should give you the same roasted taste plus some smoked character... Right?

Other Fermentables / Re: Wine kit questions
« on: April 16, 2012, 06:42:11 PM »
Yeah I'm sure...the directions say its "drinkable" in 4 weeks...I'll see, I have a hard time not sampling things when I bottle.  ;D

Ingredients / Re: Rhizomes?
« on: April 16, 2012, 12:17:38 PM »
Has anyone here had any luck growing their hops in pots? I haven't settled on (read: convinced my wife) a final location for my hops, so I planted my rhizomes in pots for now with the intent of trialing them in a couple of different spots for the first season or two.

I'm in North Florida and have to grow them in pots. I was told by a local brewer that he could only get Zeus to grow here and he's right. I bought Zeus and Cascade, the zeus are already 15+ feet and the cascade never grew more than an inch, and never sprouted any roots. I thought it was a fluke so I bought 2 more cascade rhizomes and they appear to be doing the same thing.

Anyway, the zeus seem to be doing just fine in a I just have to keep spraying them with insecticidal soap because of the damned bugs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First brew
« on: April 15, 2012, 12:16:28 AM »
Gratz on your first brew!

Maybe next time wait until it gets to 66F before pitching but 70 isn't too bad. Everything I've read says pitch low (like 64) and let it rise slowly to maybe 68 (for something like a pale ale).  Something about lowering the esters that get created during the first part of fermentation.

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