I am extremely interested in building an all electric Brutus 20 style brew system, however, I am fairly electronics dumb when it comes to automation.
My interest lies in a single tier 2 keggle system, I do not have a 240v supply available, but I may be willing to have an electrician come out and run a 240v line from my box to my backyard.
I really like the Simple Brewery design
, and the 2P-Twent-E desings
I currently brew 10 gallons the old fashioned way, picnic cooler MLT and a single 15 gallon pot w/1 burner.
I want to continue having the ability to brew both 5 and 10 gallon batches with an electric system. I also like the HERMs type coil for recircualtion and chilling.
Can someone explain exactly what a PID controls (I assume temps?) and SSRs (I assume turning the elements on and off via PID?)
I do not know anyone who has a brew rig, whether it be a direct fire, or electric let alone any type of automation.
I have read through many threads here including JKarps, Boerderij_Kabouter, and The Pol's, but still do not have a clear understanding of the electronics and automation.
I am fairly DIY oriented, and have access to family members who weld/fabricate, but do not have a great understanding of brewing electronics, so any help would be greatly appreciated as well as some suggestions, such as what you would have done differently on your electric systems.