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Forum: Automated Brewing Forum 06-26-2012, 03:27 PM
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Posted By mattreba
Our apologies. We just made the swap over on the...

Our apologies. We just made the swap over on the site and are trying to migrate and update information. We've also just updated the product offerings so there is a significant amount of updates...
Forum: DIY Projects 12-16-2011, 11:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,775
Posted By mattreba
The sensor measures the amount of pressure caused...

The sensor measures the amount of pressure caused by the height of the liquid in the vessel. There is air in the line as the sensor does not directly contact the liquid. When the temperature...
Forum: Maine HomeBrew Forum 06-20-2011, 03:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,218
Posted By mattreba
I just got back from NHC and I need to put in a...

I just got back from NHC and I need to put in a big me too. I'm subscribing to this thread. PM me if you know something or just want to get together.
Forum: DIY Projects 06-04-2010, 02:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 14,273
Posted By mattreba
I think we can do better. Thanks for the feedback.

I think we can do better. Thanks for the feedback.
Forum: DIY Projects 06-04-2010, 01:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 14,273
Posted By mattreba
Obviously as one of the developers for...

Obviously as one of the developers for BrewTroller I'm biased. I do think the DIY component of BrewTroller is made into a bigger issue than it really is. The BCS comes with an enclosure and power...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-31-2010, 01:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,770
Posted By mattreba
dozer: Absolutely. I was referring to the item in...

dozer: Absolutely. I was referring to the item in the intial post.

If the intent was to go toward BrewTroller, spending $40-60 on a temporary alternative versus the $80 for BT might not be the...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-31-2010, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,770
Posted By mattreba
This isn't much cheaper than a BrewTroller. Keep...

This isn't much cheaper than a BrewTroller. Keep in mind you don't need to use every feature of BrewTroller when you start. You can use it to monitor temps and control a few pumps.
Forum: DIY Projects 09-02-2009, 08:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 629
Posted By mattreba
The project started here on HBT as a matter of...

The project started here on HBT as a matter of fact :)
Forum: DIY Projects 08-19-2009, 10:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,473
Posted By mattreba
BrewTroller does this though it's not something...

BrewTroller does this though it's not something that's been tested very thoroughly yet. We use the Freescale MPX5010 sensor and a calibration table in setup where you calibrate specific analog...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-27-2009, 02:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 22,668
Posted By mattreba
Has anyone figured out how to make a cheap steam...

Has anyone figured out how to make a cheap steam jacketed boil kettle yet? You could eliminate the elements in the boil kettle and use a boiler for direct mash heat and to feed the kettle jacket.
Forum: DIY Projects 02-27-2009, 01:16 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,008
Posted By mattreba
For us too. :)

For us too. :)
Forum: DIY Projects 02-26-2009, 06:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,008
Posted By mattreba
FYI, we have screenshots up on our website: ...

FYI, we have screenshots up on our website:

Screenshots (http://brewtroller.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15&Itemid=12)
Forum: DIY Projects 02-25-2009, 06:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,008
Posted By mattreba
Our source is your source so feel free to use...

Our source is your source so feel free to use whatever is valuable for you. For my system a standalone setup was a requirement. I don't want to bother with trying to sync up with a PC local or...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-12-2009, 09:03 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,008
Posted By mattreba
Here is a first draft of the Tester's Guide:...

Here is a first draft of the Tester's Guide: BrewTroller Tester's Guide (http://brewtroller.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=3&Itemid=6)
Forum: DIY Projects 02-12-2009, 06:32 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,008
Posted By mattreba
PhylanPan, We will put together an itemized list...

PhylanPan, We will put together an itemized list of parts and costs for each. A big variable will be your system design. How are you heating your HLT? Do you have a recirculating mash system? etc.
Forum: DIY Projects 02-12-2009, 06:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,008
Posted By mattreba
I think we'll have room for the code. We're...

I think we'll have room for the code. We're runnign about 20KB now with over 40KB remaining.

At this point we have no intent to try and recover from a power loss. It wouldn't be too hard to do...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-11-2009, 04:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,008
Posted By mattreba
There are a number fo savvy sorts of homebrewers...

There are a number fo savvy sorts of homebrewers who can build a custom controller for their brewery. It's been done and that's where we got the ideas from. What we wanted to accomplish is to create...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-09-2009, 05:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,008
Posted By mattreba
Due to the excellent response, I started a group...

Due to the excellent response, I started a group so we can maintain multiple threads without overrunning the DIY forum:

HomeBrewTalk Groups - Open Source Mash Computer...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-09-2009, 01:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,008
Posted By mattreba
The Basic Stamp 2 is close but as you said analog...

The Basic Stamp 2 is close but as you said analog inputs would require add-ons and the base product cost more than twice what the Arduino does. Is the main concern about programming in C? I don't...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-08-2009, 07:03 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,008
Posted By mattreba
I'm thinking about what a super complex advanced...

I'm thinking about what a super complex advanced setup might use to think about the upper reaches of what the platform might support. Personally, I think I'd stick with two temperature inputs and two...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-08-2009, 06:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,008
Posted By mattreba
From a gas versus electric perspective... Who...

From a gas versus electric perspective... Who cares :) The output channel could just as easily drive a gas solenoid valve and an igniter w/ flame detection. The computer doesn't really need to know...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-07-2009, 06:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,008
Posted By mattreba
Open Source Mash Computer?

I see a lot of people going after control systems each in their own unique way. It's very homebrew-like but I'm thinking there may be an opportunity for a few of us to get together and develop an...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-06-2009, 06:05 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 44,810
Posted By mattreba
I would always recommend plugging into a GFCI...

I would always recommend plugging into a GFCI outlet at your source. It won't necessarily protect your equipment but it could save your life. There are some simple plug-in modules that you can plug...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-06-2009, 04:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,258
Posted By mattreba
Here's some photos of my setup: ...

Here's some photos of my setup:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/1/thumbs/P5100403.JPG (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=17748)...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-06-2009, 02:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,258
Posted By mattreba
'Better' is hard to define. I have a lid with a...

'Better' is hard to define. I have a lid with a slight curve and it happened to work well on one keg but another is still in need of some adjustment with a grinder (left over ridges forming a + on...
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