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Old 06-01-2010, 06:07 PM   #11
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I have a BCS-460 and like it. One feature that I think you kind of mentioned that it has that most PID's don't is the ability to "log" data. You can generate a graph of exactly what the temp did along the way. You want to know how much your strike water temp dropped when you added the grain and how long it took to stabilized back to mash temp... it'll tell you. If you are looking for the cheapest route, the BCS is probably not it. But, it is not nearly as expensive as an industrial unit would be with similar functionality.

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Old 06-01-2010, 06:23 PM   #12
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Sounds like you're looking for something with a bit more sophistication than this, but I use a thermometer from stpats.com. It's digital readout and it screws into a 1/2" NPT fitting on my kettle. They're listing it for $38 now. Attach it, look at it, and get the temp. Cheap enough that you don't mind upgrading later.

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Old 06-01-2010, 06:58 PM   #13
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I try to prevent double purchasing and buy good once besides on a fixed income the War Department will get pissed off. This is why it's taking so long besides the bad back. This allows for more new ideas to pop up and use also so a win win for my rig.

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Old 06-01-2010, 06:59 PM   #14
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I try to prevent double purchasing and buy good once besides on a fixed income the War Department will get pissed off. This is why it's taking so long besides the bad back. This allows for more new ideas to pop up and use also so a win win for my rig. I can also switch over and read the internal fermenter temps as well plotted on a chart. Many uses with the BCS plus the expansion cards it will handle.

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Old 06-02-2010, 12:41 AM   #15
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anyone else use multiple PIDs. I dont want to switch the RTD or put it in different containers becuase i want to do a constant monitor of all parts. Keeping my mash at 154 while i heat and maintain my sparge water for example.

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Old 06-02-2010, 12:57 AM   #16
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I use 3, One for the BK, one for the Rims. the third just displays the MLT temp. They all have their own probes

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Old 06-02-2010, 01:20 AM   #17
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I have two PIDs. One is for mlt the other will be for future electric boil. I have a brewmometer inline to monitor recirc temps. This works great as well.

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