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Old 09-16-2013, 08:04 PM   #301
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For a newbie, this is just plain amazing! I'm not a welder or techie or electrician.... BUT have gotten so much logic from this detailed thread that my learning curve has been drastically reduced! Thanks, Jon
Thank you for the kind words, I appreciate.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:09 PM   #302
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Hey JonW, just put the finishing touches on my system that borrowed quite a few ideas from yours. At first I didn't want to do 3 pump but I'm beginning to want it now. What did you use for an enclosure for the expansion board?

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Old 10-20-2013, 11:11 PM   #303
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Hey JonW, just put the finishing touches on my system that borrowed quite a few ideas from yours. At first I didn't want to do 3 pump but I'm beginning to want it now. What did you use for an enclosure for the expansion board?
There is no expansion board. Do you mean the BCS or the relay board? The relay board is in a project case. Both are mounted under the stand. My lower shelf is sealed w/ silicone around the tubing, so no drips get to anything under the shelf.
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Ah yes I meant relay board thank you. Great work. Hoping to get mine fine tuned this evening and get some photos up. Cheers!

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Old 10-26-2013, 07:50 PM   #305
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Question for you guys - has anyone tried using aluminum t-slots for a build? Any downsides? Right now I have a TopTier, but am liking this design better

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Old 10-28-2013, 04:27 PM   #306
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Question for you guys - has anyone tried using aluminum t-slots for a build? Any downsides? Right now I have a TopTier, but am liking this design better
There's several people that have made rigs from this. Check out this thread and there should be a few in there: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/show...rew-rig-46578/
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There's several people that have made rigs from this. Check out this thread and there should be a few in there: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/show...rew-rig-46578/
yup - found um... apparently the more prevalent term is 8020 or strut..

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Old 11-14-2013, 10:35 PM   #308
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The power supply you get really depends on how much current you need. I used 12V ball valves for the liquid side, but I used 120V valves for the gas solenoids because the 12V ones needed a lot of current. 12V solenoids need something like 800 mA, so for 3 valves, you need 2.4 amps. That's a lot of 12V current. Instead, use the 120V gas valves and trigger them with an SSR just like the pumps. They will only need a couple of milliamps to trigger. The 12V ball valves only use something like 40 mA to operate. A single 1 amp 12V power supply can run all the ball valves and relay board, with plenty of current to spare.
I am purchasing a 12v 1A power supply. Would you look at the attached pdf and see if I am wiring this correctly?
File Type: pdf 8 channel relay module board.pdf (164.6 KB, 92 views)
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Yeah, that looks good.

I wired mine the same, but with a little twist. I actually cut traces on the board and hardwired the input feed for the common pin to 12V + (pos) and then wired the actual common terminal to 12V - (neg). You also have to cut the trace to make this work - I used a dremel to cut it. The reason for this is so I didn't have to use a terminal strip or wire nut and it made the attachment of each valve to the 3 terminals a cleaner setup. I'm not advocating for others to do it this way, I'm just showing how I accomplished it.

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Awesome build Jon, I just moved back to Socal after living in Az and Tx for far to long. I'd love to come check out a brew day some time in the future. what club are you in and have you heard of the Brewluminati's they are a no club, club so to speak who has monthly meetings at Out of the Park Pizza in Anaheim Hills the last Thursday of each month. we are holding a club 21A Pumpkin SHowdown competition and all entries to be turned in by November 21st. If you have a some pumpkin beer on hand bottle it up and enter the contest.

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