Originally Posted by jcalisi
Looking at the prices the new brewtroller will come in around $300 and the BCS-462 is around $350 so I think for me unless I find something that really changes my mind I'm going with the BCS. I just scored a Hoffman enclosure off ebay for $48 shipped so I'm on my way.
Now I just need to decide if I want to mount on the wall to control my fermenter's as well as the rig or just stick it on the rig.
At first I laid out my system with the idea of putting the BCS in the brewing control cabinet. Before starting construction I realized that I wanted the BCS to control both brewing and fermentation so I did some design work and am mounting the BCS in a smaller enclosure with 2 SSR's for heat and cool of the fermenter. I will connect the wall mounted BCS box to my brewing control cabinet with CAT5 wiring as my plans only need 8 wires between the BCS and the brewery. I can have the BCS wall mounted and connected to my home network permanently so that it can run the fermenter even with all power disconnected from the brewery.
If I put it all in one cabinet then I will need power full time in one enclosure even with a master stop for the brewery. I feel that it is safer to have the master stop shut off all power in the brewery, not leave the BCS and outlets for heat & cool energized.