First off Im a programmer by trade and am interested in building a RIMS style system, and making use of the BCS-460 in order to program my own user interface to automate the brewing process. That being said I am not an electrician, plumber or wielder and realize I have an incredible amount of information I need to learn before evening thinking about attempting this project.
Now Ive spent the past week reading post after post about RIMS systems and how someone would go about building one of these system, and am wondering where others have started? Should I purchase the Brutus 10 plans as a starting guideline and modify them to fit my system? Are there any specific books that would to help me understand wiring and plumbing LP gas better?
Im very concerned about safety and someone overwhelmed by the amount of information there is out there. I really want to do my research before I start, and am just looking for the best place to start that process.
P.S. Id like the heating for this system to be gas only. Id like to stay away from electrical heating elements completely unless there is an extremely enticing reason to use them.