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summerofgeorge 02-14-2012 12:30 AM

Regrets about BCS or PIDs
 
I know there are quite a few threads with pros/cons of a BCS setup vs multiple PIDs. I've read through them and appreciate the information. It seems like for the most part, people who go with either system are usually happy with their choice. What I'm looking for are people who aren't happy with their setup or who switched and the reasons why. I thought this might be a better way to highlight some of the issues people have actually experienced as opposed to just discussing the potential cons.

I thought I was close to pulling the trigger on an all electric setup but the more I read, the more undecided I get. Maybe this will push me one way or the other. Thanks!

magnj 02-14-2012 10:24 PM

Happy with PID, there were some snags getting the whole system to work but I can not imagine a BCS would have been easier to get perfect.

For the record, I'm doing 10g batches with a 1250w eRIMS controlled by an Auber PID and I think it's great.

lud 02-15-2012 01:23 AM

I use watlow PID's, and love them...please excuse my ignorance, but if anyone has a great link to exactly what a "bcs" system is I would sincerely be appreciative.

chuckjaxfl 02-15-2012 03:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lud (Post 3786770)
I use watlow PID's, and love them...please excuse my ignorance, but if anyone has a great link to exactly what a "bcs" system is I would sincerely be appreciative.

http://www.embeddedcc.com/

lud 02-15-2012 03:22 AM

Thank you much.

thelorax121 02-15-2012 07:41 AM

I currently have a PID system, I love it, but will probably be moving to BCS as funds allow because I am looking for something that can track temperatures and control fermentation. So the two, cons I would list are, PIDs can be expensive (more so than BCS depending on how many your system requires), and they cannot track data.

duckdogs 02-15-2012 11:14 AM

May be time to build a new brew stand and incorperate the bcs system:) 325.00 for the 462 system isn't bad, 2-3 pids and an enclosure to put them in would run close to that.

blwitt 02-15-2012 04:01 PM

Still going to need an enclosure for mechanical relays/SSRs and the like if you're wanting to control elements, pumps, etc. I have a BCS and like it for the most part. Not too hot on the plotting functionality and also wish you could declare variables for temps (maybe you can, but I don't know how).


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