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Old 09-08-2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to go electric, bcs or BT, and I want to make sure I have manual override for everything. I came up with this layout on a 20x20 box.

Thoughts, Ideas, Suggestions, Don't Do that's?


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Old 09-08-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:33 PM   #3
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I put it back up. Is it up now?

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I can see it, examining now!

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Old 09-09-2013, 03:07 PM   #5
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What do the 3 switches bellow the PIDs do? Force the PID On / Off? Or somehow bypass the PID and force the element on / off? I didn't think PIDs were used as part of a BCS / BT system - or is that part of your full backup?

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The PID are display only. I wanted bling and less people handing my iPad on brew day seeing what temp the "insert item here" is currently at.

I looked at the wiring schem's for the lighted switches and they can be wired to turn on when the element, pump, or rims is on. So I might make the lights go away. Thoughts?

My whole idea is to have an auto system with manual backup.

I'm also thinking about making a flow chart like black heart brewery's lower panel.

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So you still never answered my question - what do the 3 switches under the PIDs do then?

The PIDs - If they're just for temperature read out, then they're overly expensive and complicated for your use. You can get a temperature display to do the same thing for a whole lot less money and taking up a whole lot less space within the panel.

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If its like mine, it turns the element/pump on manually : off : or computer controlled (BCS in this case). I agree with you, I'd find a temp display instead of using a PID. The BT store sells exactly what you're looking for. I know they work for the BT but may also work for the BCS.

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Oops sorry. Pickles is correct. The switches are to show on, off or auto controlled.

I was checking those pid read outs and like the covers they offer at the BT site. The 3-way switch has an independent light function so it is probably redundant to have a light separately come on when I could have the switch light when an element is active.

I was reading last night on the bcs you can have an observer login. They can see all the controls but can't make changes. I think that is really cool.

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Maybe I'm not getting it. When I look at your panel I see two switches under each PID, for a total of 6 switches. The bottom row (3 of them total) appear to be what pickles is talking about, and I get that - they're clearly labeled as PUMP controllers.

What are the three switches above the pump switches, below the PIDs doing? I feel like I'm in some scenario where everyone else knows what's going on except me, and I somehow missed the big obvious answer...

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