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Forum: DIY Projects 12-05-2009, 11:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,862
Posted By np0x
I love it...would be easier with a modern drive...

I love it...would be easier with a modern drive by wire car, but gack, what a perverse idea. Someone please do it...perhaps old airplane gauges...and maybe a stick shift to change the steps in your...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-01-2009, 02:45 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 36,128
Posted By np0x
Watch out this will turn into a batch sparge vs....

Watch out this will turn into a batch sparge vs. fly sparge or arduino board vs. bcs-460. Money/Time continuum is a challenge that we all have to find our own way through...Your points about the...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-11-2009, 01:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,776
Posted By np0x
You could control the pid's sample rate to...

You could control the pid's sample rate to control how often it looked at the temperature, this would have the net affect of controlling the cycling of the steam valve. Alternatively or additionally...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-09-2009, 02:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,776
Posted By np0x
Open =? Flexible

There is an assumption that the brewtroller is open, so that mean's it's flexible. But that flexibility is presumed, and not that clearly available(IMHO). There is a generally accepted conflict in...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-08-2009, 07:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,776
Posted By np0x
Sorry, what is an RTC?

Sorry, what is an RTC?
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-08-2009, 02:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 17,972
Posted By np0x
+1 never mind the inefficient space...

+1
never mind the inefficient space consumption a conical takes compared to carboy's or better bottles. :)
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-08-2009, 02:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,169
Posted By np0x
Terms Defined

A pid controls a low voltage circuit(typically dc) like 5 volts, not enough to do anything. Except to switch something that can do something(the ssr) which you can get in all manner of capacities...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-08-2009, 02:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,014
Posted By np0x
where do you get em?

how much is a love controller? I am only familiar with the Ranco's...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-08-2009, 01:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,538
Posted By np0x
better bottles

The other issue with conical's is that they take more space than carboy shaped vessels(i have switched to better bottles from glass before someone gets hurt). I can ferment 8 6 gallon better bottles...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-21-2009, 05:52 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,978
Posted By np0x
The need to cool your hex would result from a...

The need to cool your hex would result from a large volume, i only have about 1.5 gallons of water in my entire hot side of my hex, so any contained heat is rapidly absorbed with very little...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-21-2009, 02:57 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,978
Posted By np0x
I would do steam injection if I cared to actually...

I would do steam injection if I cared to actually do it...use an old pressure cooker, much more straightforward than building a jacketed MLT, albeit with it's own risks...kaboom...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-21-2009, 01:37 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 16,333
Posted By np0x
My HEX is my convoluted wort chiller(and...

My HEX is my convoluted wort chiller(and heater)...it puts some heat across, the x-axis is somewhat difficult to read in this context, each block is 200 seconds(20 10 second samples). The 1300-900...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-21-2009, 12:11 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 16,333
Posted By np0x
HERMS and step mashing....

So i did a somewhat chaotic brew day this sunday, but I still was able to gather some information in regards to HERMS and step mashes. All along the words asymptotic...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-16-2009, 02:55 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 16,333
Posted By np0x
It's "bad" because the enzymes are in solution,...

It's "bad" because the enzymes are in solution, you are denaturing(unintentionally) if you have a high return temp, in an extreme case you would be denaturing a lot of them. The number and impact of...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-16-2009, 01:51 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 16,333
Posted By np0x
I don't know what your details are, but I was...

I don't know what your details are, but I was having some issues as well, but I made an effort on the last two brews to really start slow and get the grain bed floating before I started an aggressive...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-16-2009, 01:24 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 16,333
Posted By np0x
Thermal Mass

Good stuff...so i have a herms, and i have done steps in it, although I choose to call them ramps for all the reasons listed above. All i can offer right now is the ability to offer some data at a...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-08-2009, 02:03 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,919
Posted By np0x
Impossible How?

What do you mean impossible? I mash out with my herms, i have done "step-mashes" with my herms. There are two challenges as I see it.

One is that the temp doesn't JUMP up to the next step, as...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-03-2009, 08:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,483
Posted By np0x
So i have to say, are we really comparing the...

So i have to say, are we really comparing the various systems or has everyone just made up their minds? (btw, if anyone missed my sarcasm in my previous posting, i like stainless steel, high quality...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-03-2009, 07:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,483
Posted By np0x
Hopefully this doesn't constitute an opinion, but...

Hopefully this doesn't constitute an opinion, but this is exactly why I only build my brew systems out of lead laden brass, cheap plastic hoses that leach weird carcinogenic chemicals and NEVER EVER...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-03-2009, 03:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,483
Posted By np0x
There are a couple of others that should be put...

There are a couple of others that should be put out there:

Brew Droid: BrewDroid (http://brewdroid.com/)
Brew Master: Product List (http://home.wavecable.com/~brewmaster/index_files/Page451.htm)...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-03-2009, 12:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,416
Posted By np0x
iphone app only

My responsibility stops at the iphone app, the bcs-460 is made by Embedded Control Concepts: BCS-460 Temperature Controller (http://www.embeddedcontrolconcepts.com/). It has an open interface, so I...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-02-2009, 04:30 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,459
Posted By np0x
As a recent better bottle convert, check them out...

As a recent better bottle convert, check them out before you get too many glass carboy's, they are light, and having broken my fair share of carboys(without getting hurt), i am basically done with...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-02-2009, 01:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,416
Posted By np0x
build your own

I would just kind of start, you can get various parts and stuff, but I think a rudimentary understanding of electricity would get you started, you could get a pumps, keggles, I don't like plastic,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-01-2009, 02:41 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 23,421
Posted By np0x
Brew Buddy

In case you missed my other thread, the iphone app for the bcs-460 is now in a released 1.0 state: http://software.druidhillroad.com for screen shots, video and itunes link.:ban:
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-31-2009, 01:57 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,459
Posted By np0x
totally

I do the same math, the equipment falls into some weird budget category, that doesn't really count, it's hobby. Now the beer, that I calculate, very carefully ignoring any equipment costs.

In...
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