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Friday, August 21, 2009

Automated Controller

After going back and forth, I ended up deciding on an option I have not mentioned on the blog yet: the BCS-460. It arrived today and looks great. The functionality of the controller is very impressive. Should someday I ever end up brewing commercially on this system, it will be of great value when it comes to sequential batches. In the meantime, it will make my brewday all the easier while increasing overall control and repeatability. More information and pictures to arrive as I get it setup and configured.

Before I can use it, I need to make a few changes to the system. Mainly:
  • add a burner to the mash tun (for heating strike water and yes, recirculating and maintaining temps during the mash)
  • install gas line control valves to the boil kettle, mash tun, and hot liquor tank burners
  • come up with some sort of pilot light system for the burners
I'll also need to round up some temp sensors and relays for the pumps and gas valves.

Anyway, onward and upward!