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How automated is your system
« on: January 24, 2011, 11:45:15 AM »
Hey forum,
I have a Brutus 10 clone brew system. Works great but I'm thinking of automating it some what. Just wondering what you all do and how you did it...any recommendations? I at least want to maintain a set point on my mash and HLT.
Thanks
btw-how the hell do you add pics?

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2011, 11:55:47 AM »
You add pics by posting them somewhere then including a link in your post here.

Automation?  It's hard to automate a cooler!
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2011, 12:21:14 PM »
My system is automated to about the same percentage as Blutarsky's grade point average.
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2011, 12:23:01 PM »
Not at all, nor will it ever be.
I'd really just rather be brewing in sunny Carlsbad New Mexico

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2011, 12:31:25 PM »
Much less that I want it to be. I'd love to have a fully automated brewing system but don't have the funds or time to build one.

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2011, 12:34:39 PM »
My kettle will automatically boil over if left unattended  ;)  Other than that it's all manual for me.
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2011, 01:21:02 PM »
0% automation here. Gravity and elbow grease.  8)  Just need to figure out a wood fired HLT and BK and I'll be brewing after the apocalypse(well, until the ingredients run out!).
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2011, 01:34:32 PM »
i've got none.
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2011, 01:48:22 PM »
I will always keep my cooler handy and working at least part-time.  ;)

But I am in the process of building a single tier direct fired mash brewstand. A clone of the Brutus 10 to be precise. I installed the pumps over the weekend. I still have the controllers and pilot lights to install. This has been a project of mine for about a year now with funds as the bottleneck. I now have 95% of the parts and materials and I'm about 75% of the way through the build. It's been an exciting project. I will have precise temp control over the mash tun and the HLT with a  direct fired recirculating system.
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2011, 02:08:15 PM »
I have a pump.  I am the controller. 
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2011, 02:29:35 PM »
Bluesman, I've seen some of your pics..very nice system..How many gallons? I'm doing 10 gallon batches. What temp controllers are you using? Love to see more pics. Thanks

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2011, 02:49:24 PM »
My system is as automated as The Olive Garden is Italian.  So, not at all.

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2011, 03:20:48 PM »
My rig has three burners, two pumps, a whole bunch of levers and quick disconnects, but no solenoids or timers or anything very fancy/automatic.
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2011, 04:00:17 PM »
I use a gravity fed 3-tier system, no automation.  I have a pump, it sits on a shelf.  I might hook it up someday.
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2011, 06:50:09 PM »
Gravity, it's automatic. I deal with severe automation on various professional and not so professional levels..... The LAST thing I want to hear myself say when brewing is: "What's it doing?"

Simple, organic: Heat water, soak grains, boil....done. Ooooohm.
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