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Old 11-15-2012, 11:26 PM   #201
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forgive my ignorance, but does that cool software you're running come with the BCS?

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:30 PM   #202
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forgive my ignorance, but does that cool software you're running come with the BCS?
My interface is a customized web page that I use for a touch screen. If you know your way around a computer and HTML/Javascript, you can download my files and do a custom version of your own.

Info on the interface and links to the files are in my signature.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:11 AM   #203
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If you know your way around a computer and HTML/Javascript, you can download my files and do a custom version of your own.

Info on the interface and links to the files are in my signature.
And another channel in the hobby opens up . I am not skilled but I can learn...

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Old 11-16-2012, 03:14 AM   #204
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Here's my new single tier Brutus style build. I've used the BCS-462 controller for the pumps/valves/temp probes. The BCS is mounted to the garage wall and is also used to control the temp for my serving fridges (2 kegerators) and my fermentor fridge (3rd kegerator). There are 3 CAT-5 data jacks on the back of the rig that are plugged into the BCS on the wall. One CAT-5 for the temp probes, one for the gas valves and pumps, and one for the liquid SS ball valves. Check out the next post for a liquid flow diagram.

Burners are natural gas. I ran a dedicated 3/4" gas line in my garage and have a 1/2" ID gas line with QD that the stand attaches to.

The finish on the stand is a high temp powder coating. I was running it for a while with no finish, but it starts to rust pretty quick. I've only fired it up once now that the coating is on it, but it seems like it should last pretty good. The powder coat is rated for 1200 degrees.

Yeah, I know, 3 pumps seems like overkill, but with pumps now available for $100, it really just simplified the setup when using the electronic ball valves. It also lets me setup for doing back-to-back brew sessions where I can be mashing brew #2 while I'm still finishing up brew #1 in the BK. I like to do continuous recirculation on both the HLT & MLT, so this handles that nicely as well.

Updates done since original posting:
- changed to SS QD's (Morebeer ones w/ Brewers Hardware full flow barbs).
- Swapped out pump heads for Chugger SS versions.
- Moved gas control valves from rear to front for easier access.
- Added tippy dump. This helps greatly on double brew days for fast swap to batch #2.

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Tippy Dump view (See separate thread on Tippy dump here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/tippy-dump-blichmann-mash-tun-266852/ )


Front view - no kettles
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Front view - with kettles
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Pump/Valve view
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:22 PM   #205
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How high is the underside of the tubing that holds up the bottom shelf above the floor ? (Ie, how much ground clearance does it have ?) Would you change that +/- if you did it over ?

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How high is the underside of the tubing that holds up the bottom shelf above the floor ? (Ie, how much ground clearance does it have ?) Would you change that +/- if you did it over ?

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I was shooting for 8" total clearance under the tubing which is a combination of th 4" leg and just over 4" from the wheels. I ended up with 8.25" of clearance. I'd do it just the same again.
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I was shooting for 8" total clearance under the tubing which is a combination of th 4" leg and just over 4" from the wheels. I ended up with 8.25" of clearance. I'd do it just the same again.
Thank you for sharing that, and everything in this thread.

How much room does that leave under your pumps ?

I was shooting for 10" of clearance before I read your reply.
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How much room does that leave under your pumps ?
It leaves about 1.5-2" under the QD.
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Here is a question to anybody using an electric bbq igniter.
I am using the 3 probe igniter on my rig that I am building. It is controlled via Arduino -> Shift register -> Relay -> Igniter. The problem is that when the igniter is sparking, the power surge that it creates makes the shift registers go all wonky and lose their output status. Anybody have any thoughts/suggestions/input of any kind?
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Some of the BrewTroller guys went through this, not sure what the resolution ever was if there was one.
I started having some intermittent problems with my spark igniters. I swapped them out for the hot surface igniters (HSI's) and they are working great. They are powered by 120V, so I wired all three of them to a single SSR. The BCS powers them up 5 seconds before opening the gas valve and continues to keep them on for another 5 seconds after the valve is opened. They are working flawlessly. I'm now going to suggest these to anyone doing an igniter system like mine.

You can search ebay for "Honeywell Hot Surface Igniter". Model number is Q3200U1004.

This is the one I used:
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