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Old 02-04-2009, 10:21 PM   #11
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Another option that would be a little more work (and involve a computer) is some sort of X10 protocol based equipment (or other home automation protocol like Insteon). You could easily program the computer for any sort of on/off intervals you wanted. It might cost a bit more than $20, but definitely not the $170 you found in my previous link.

Again, it would require a computer, but that could be anywhere in the house as the home automation gizmos use power line and/or RF communication.
This is exactly what I did at some point before I had a stirplate. I think I might have even posted on the forum here about doing it.

Of course I already had the X10 gear and PC with software on it
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:56 PM   #12
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I think the BC460 state machine might work.....

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Old 02-04-2009, 11:33 PM   #13
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Kai, I don't see why you couldn't do it cheaply with a couple of timing relays. One relay with a delay on and the other with a delay off. Let me see if I can make this explanation as convoluted as possible..... Relay with a "time off delay" (Relay A), one set of NO contacts powering your valve and a set of NC contacts powering the coil of the other relay. The "other" relay is a "time on delay" (Relay B). A set of NO contacts power the first relay coil.
Adjust "Relay B" to 5 minutes, when the time is up it will close the contacts, thereby powering the coil of "Relay A" and start it's timing cycle. Once relay A (set to 1 min) completes it's cycle, it will switch and close the...... wait a minute. $hit, I am getting into an endless loop here......
I need to draw this out first. Give me a bit.

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Old 02-05-2009, 12:40 AM   #15
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OK, let's see if I can explain this. Sorry for the crappy drawing, but I just threw it together.
When you apply power, Timer A begins timing. After 5 minutes, it switches "on" and stays on. That will turn on your valve and start the Timer B. After 1 minute, Timer B will change states and both timers will switch off instantaneously, allowing the NC contact "B" to close and start the timing cycle of Timer A again. Both timers are "ON" delay, meaning they will time for their set time before switching....
Is this clear as mud?

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Old 02-05-2009, 12:54 AM   #16
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I believe the Kaiser prefers the Reininhisboat.

I do too.
My thought, besides tradition is why the hell should I pay for something to keep the foaming action of my yeast down when I can just get a bigger fermenter?
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I do too.
My thought, besides tradition is why the hell should I pay for something to keep the foaming action of my yeast down when I can just get a bigger fermenter?
Sure. I ferment my 10 gal batches in one of these and have never had a blowoff yet!

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Sure. I ferment my 10 gal batches in one of these and have never had a blowoff yet!

You havent used Wyeast 1007 yet have you
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I have just what you are looking for. I use mine to run a mister for my houseplants. I have it set to go off for 5 min. about every 1.5 hours during the day. It is digital. I can't remember the brand. I'll check tonight at home. I'd swore I bought it at Lowes, but I don't see it on their website.

I did find this one though at $23
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II have it set to go off for 5 min. about every 1.5 hours during the day.
How did you progam this? Did you program the countdown timer or did you program tha actual time of the day when it should go on/off?

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