Originally Posted by muhteeus
True story. Brewing buddy wants to automate the valves... once we do this it is almost a one touch... not cool. The current setup I am shooting for will automatically adjust setpoints and control temps based on steps. The steps are started and stopped by a person after ensuring that water level, hoses, ingredients are all set. The whole reason I want to do this is so we can be cleaning or readying a second-third batch while brewing the first.
Pretty much how my system operates. Based on original design constraints 2 pumps can either be toggled manually, or run automatically via the BCS. Seemed like a neat feature, but to be honest, I almost never brew this way. I've found in practice that flipping a manual switch, and making sure the pump has primed correctly is actually easier then messing with automation. Live and learn. The one really nice thing that I have found with automation is that it makes it easy and brainless to prepare in advance for a "next batch".
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