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Old 11-08-2010, 03:18 AM   #21
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Great setup
The float requires too much engineering
Use a capacitive prox switch or optical sensor clamped to the sight glass and connect to your BCS and done..

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Thanks. Any links to suitable examples of the two sensors you described?
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:22 PM   #22
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Great setup
The float requires too much engineering
Use a capacitive prox switch or optical sensor clamped to the sight glass and connect to your BCS and done..

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+1 Claudius, with no way to simply read the voltage from a pressure sensor that is how I would do it.

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I'm big into home automation, thus the reason I went this direction with my BCS & ball valves, but I'm not interested in setting something up for hands-off brewing and really have no interest in doing bubbler systems, pressure sensors or anything like that. Currently, monitoring levels is a very minimal issue for me, but again, I may address it in the future with some float switches.
I can appreciate that. Just an FYI: If you use wet pressure sensors like Kladue does there is no need for a bubbler. The bubbler is only needed if you are measuring how much the air is compressed by a volume of liquid. If the sensor is wet there is no air hence no need for a bubbler.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:38 PM   #23
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Someone have a link to either of these volume sensor setups? I keep reading about them, but no instruction.

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Old 11-08-2010, 01:58 PM   #24
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Someone have a link to either of these volume sensor setups? I keep reading about them, but no instruction.
http://forum.brewtroller.com/showthread.php?t=538
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:07 PM   #25
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This looks to mostly about bubbler/air systems. At this point in time, about the only level I need/want to track is to know when I've collected my runoff. A simple float switch or something similar will do the trick there. I really don't care what the volume is in between - only when I've reached the volume I want.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:12 PM   #26
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Don't you measure your strike water with a certain amount of precision?

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Old 11-08-2010, 09:18 PM   #27
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Sure, but I just fill it to a mark on the sight glass based on the recipe I'm doing. I then put many more gallons than I need into my HLT (I use the extra during cleanup). When fly sparging, I'll adjust my valves just a bit to match runoff rates, but I'd like an automated float switch (or similar) to trigger the end of the fly sparge process so I don't have to do it on the BCS at that point.

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Old 11-08-2010, 11:10 PM   #28
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Very nice, clean set-up!

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Old 11-09-2010, 12:34 AM   #29
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I was asked for dimensional data on the stand, so here is the Visio layout I created before it was welded up.

The idea of the corner gussets was two-fold: one was to prevent heat wash from coming up the sides of the kettles and two was to allow a more flexible footprint for various sizes of kettles. When I started this, I was using the kettles from my first stand (shelving unit) which included two keggles and a 20G short/wide kettle. However, I knew that at some point I might be moving to Blichmann's, so I wanted a flexible footprint for the kettle support area.



edit: OK, I linked the image in from an external source, so now it keeps it larger!

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Very sweet build. You should be proud of yourself, enjoy!!

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