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Old 09-13-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of a way to track temp on a 24hr or > cycle. I want the widget to perform hourly or < to check the temp and then record it. I want to be able to plot a graph for temp. stablity. If it were recorded onto a computer with a program, all the better.

I also wanted a remote probe i could actually place in the fermenter that would give me a digital read of the actual beer temp..If it were recorded onto a computer with a program, all the better.


I have looked into weather stations but I am just not sure they are the best route.

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Old 09-13-2009, 04:13 PM   #2
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I've seen chart recorders used for this type of thing. Do a google search for "chart recorder". I believe they have software packages that perfrom the same functions a chart recorder used to.

 
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Old 09-13-2009, 04:53 PM   #3
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You could also look into a small aquarium controller. Sounds pretty crazy, but I'm in this hobby as well as that hobby, and they've just released some controllers for under $100 that can track temperature, measure pH, control heating/cooling elements, all that stuff in a small digital computer unit. It's designed to have a lot of flexibility and functionality for aquariums, but in this hobby, considering most temperature controllers cost $75 as is for a cheapo analog one, for $25 more you can get a LOT more possible functionality. Check Digitalaquatics.com or Neptunesystems.com Either of those manufacturers just came out with new inexpensive controller units.
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Old 09-13-2009, 04:59 PM   #4
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I've seen chart recorders used for this type of thing. Do a google search for "chart recorder". I believe they have software packages that perfrom the same functions a chart recorder used to.
Chart Recorder Performance using your PC

Wow great lead and great advice! So i believe this is what you are talking about right?
I think this will do exactly what i want and for the right price 25 bucks!!!
however how would one intergrate it to a temp. probe? i would image you could use this for the air temp in the room and for the fermenters beer temp. right?
Wow this is exciting!! I will be able to really dial in long term temp control.

 
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:19 PM   #5
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If you are at all electronically-oriented, this could be done with an Arduino microprocessor, a temperature sensor IC, and some sort of communications port. I plan on doing this myself to monitor and control my fermentation cabinet temperatures, and while I'm at it I can add another to my kegerator to monitor temperature and add a couple weight sensors for my kegs so I can tell when they're getting low.

 
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Old 09-13-2009, 07:42 PM   #6
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So i believe this is what you are talking about right?
I think Soperbrew was talking about real chart recorders.

I still use them to monitor my grain storage and for other non control applications.

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Old 09-14-2009, 01:29 PM   #7
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wow i have never seen anything like that before.
it doesnt look like it would hook up to a computer?

 
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Old 09-14-2009, 01:44 PM   #8
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If you are not electronically oriented, LaCrosse has a PC card for use with their weather stations and remote sensors.

That Dickson looks like WW2 surplus! Haven't seen one of those since the '70s.
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Old 09-14-2009, 03:49 PM   #9
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PC Notebook USB Thermometer Temperature Data Recorder

google "usb thermometer"

 
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Old 09-14-2009, 03:52 PM   #10
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AWESOME!!!! Just ordered it! Thanks buddy!

 
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