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Old 01-30-2012, 03:33 PM   #131
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Where did you get your switches from?

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Old 01-30-2012, 03:51 PM   #132
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Where did you get your switches from?
www.elecdirect.com. I purchased a ton of various items for my control and power panels from them. Very pleased with their shipping speed and communications and price.

For the switches you have to buy the actuator, collar, and contact blocks separately.
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:45 PM   #133
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The Link does not work??? Are they still around??

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Old 01-30-2012, 04:46 PM   #134
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Is this it? http://www.elecdirect.com/

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Old 01-30-2012, 05:14 PM   #135
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Correct. It is elecdirect. I sent from my phone without checking the link.
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On Tap 1: Rootbeer, On Tap 2: NB White ouse Honey Ale, On Tap 3: Nitrogen, On Tap 4: Air, On Tap 5: Air
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"No sense having empty carboys around when full ones take up just as much space. " - Me
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:00 AM   #136
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great thread, and epic build! Please post, when it happens, how you did with the waterjeting, and what it cost. I'm presently getting quotes on cutting a stainless door for a control panel (much, much less elaborate than yours), and am curious how it prices out around the country. I've gotten two quotes for $190 and $290 for 13 round holes and 4 square cutouts for PIDS in the Boston area. Good luck with your continued build.

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Old 02-01-2012, 02:53 PM   #137
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Man this is an awesome build. A buddy from work and I are in the starting stages of going all electric. Excited to see how this turns out!

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Old 04-11-2012, 06:22 PM   #138
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Any updates? Love this build...

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Old 04-12-2012, 04:40 AM   #139
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Sorry it has been so long since an update but these have been some busy few months.

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great thread, and epic build! Please post, when it happens, how you did with the waterjeting, and what it cost. I'm presently getting quotes on cutting a stainless door for a control panel (much, much less elaborate than yours), and am curious how it prices out around the country. I've gotten two quotes for $190 and $290 for 13 round holes and 4 square cutouts for PIDS in the Boston area. Good luck with your continued build.
The local company for waterjetting fell through so I started looking online. Found Big Blue Saw out of Atlanta that has been responsive and the prices were very reasonable (~$80 for the cutouts). As a bonus they also cut/laser engrave acrylic sheets to be used as labels or indicators (~$35). I reworked the my panel cut outs a bit for better tolerances and then created an overlay for the acrylic labels, it will be brushed stainless in look with black inlays:



I hope to ship the door to them early next week to be cut.

The circuit board design for the other components in the brewery has consumed much of the last two months of spare time. I sent all of the PCB designs off to be printed, should get them back in 2-4 weeks (BatchPCB).

First is the brewery controller:



Provides me all of the connectors and accessories needed from the microcontroller powering the sensors, valves, and elements.

Next is the breakout board for the LCD switches I mentioned earlier:





This provides a programmable LCD key for each tank and pump as well as connection points for the other front panel switches and indicators.

Finally, while I was creating the circuits I finished the controller board for my motorized ball valves:





With this valve controller I should be able to command and detect any position from 0-100% as well as detect manual position overrides.

There haven't been many updates to the brewing room itself yet as much of my manual labor time has been devoted to the yard. After these circuit boards and front panel are done the last major component for me to finish is the heat exchanger coil.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:45 PM   #140
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Wow what a system. I am just going to start hating you right now, if that is ok with you. I will probably get over it in time until I think about you and your touch screen controlled brew system then jealousy will show up again I will have to hate you a little more.

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