Originally Posted by aggieotis
I was thinking that a front-load washer should allow for making a system similar to this:http://www.trash.net/~stmoser/beerbrewing_main.en.html
You could give it a good soak for 24 hours, then do a rinse and drain every few hours afterwards. The advantage of using a front loader is that if I flop the grain around every now and then it should allow for decent aeration and prevent hot-spots in the malt.
If I were to try this, I would forego hacking the board and instead buy a broken washer, but still good dryer, separately, unless you can find a convincing reason they would need to be one vessel. Then, just fill the washer with a hose and empty with a shop vac, or if you can find a way to open the drain manually. Disconnect the bin from whatever spins it so you could just rotate it manually.
The dryer should then work fine without modification, just change your timing.
As cool as it would be to modify the circuitry of a washer to do the correct cycle, it would be so much work for something that just might function well. I would do the above at least as a test before I moved onto the full monty.
This is an incredible idea though, and I cannot see a reason why it shouldn't be possible, the only stumbling block would be getting control of the thing.