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jcalisi 04-05-2011 02:57 PM

which control system
I'm looking to finalize my eherms system with a automation system. I'm down to picking the brewtroller or the bcs-460 (462) but can't decide which one to chose. Hoping I can get some feedback from both camps on why you made the decision and would you do it again.

I'm very comfortable with electricity, electronics, and IT in general. However, my coding skills are on the weaker side but I do like to tinker.

jarod7736 04-05-2011 03:54 PM

I'm building with the Brewtroller. Mainly because I am familiar with the arduino platform already and as a software developer, I appreciate and like that their code is open source and I can go in and modify/improve things in software.

Hullguy 04-05-2011 04:29 PM

I've been using the Brewtoller for a little over a year now. The support is great, the controller works, and the beer tastes great!

JonW 04-05-2011 04:31 PM

I'm an IT guy and have built many microprocessor based systems, but I went with the BCS system so I could just pull it out of the box, wire it up and start using it. Their web gui is very straight forward and overall, the system is fairly easy to use.

jcalisi 04-05-2011 06:37 PM

I have to say I'm leaning towards the BCS willing to give up a bit of openness for a faster learning curve.

BTW - JonW your new stand is very nice and clean.

JonW 04-05-2011 08:08 PM


Originally Posted by jcalisi (Post 2809374)
BTW - JonW your new stand is very nice and clean.

Thank you.

bad coffee 04-05-2011 10:03 PM

I went with the BCS. I figure I can spend the time writing code for a brewtroller, or I can spend the time brewing with a BCS.


jarod7736 04-05-2011 11:39 PM

I'll be brewing before I write a line of code. I just prefer to have the option.

jcalisi 04-05-2011 11:54 PM

do either of them have the ability to import recipes from beersmith or the like? I'm also assuming that the brewtroller has example code you can tweak for your setup.

however I must say I like the fact that it would take longer to un-box the bcs than it would to get it going.

pickles 04-06-2011 02:03 AM

Brewtroller supports any BeerXML files. You don't have to write any code for the Brewtroller. You do have to select your parameters (ie Herms rims, mash temp averaging, Brewtroller version, deadspace, kettle volumes, etc) in the setup. I have no programming experience and am an electrical dunce I found it was a fun and fairly simple build. I have had mine almost a year and Brewtroller have been improved and simplified a ton since my build.

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