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Old 11-07-2010, 07:09 AM   #11
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the blingmanns have a built in sight glass. you can see it barely behind the hoses!
I believe he's wondering how the BCS reads volumes for automation.
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:16 AM   #12
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I believe he's wondering how the BCS reads volumes for automation.
Wow, Im stupid...One to many pints for me. After seeing his 2,000 posts I should have known this.

Sorry sawdust
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:50 PM   #13
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Great Rig!
I love the 3 pumps for simplification. I almost went that route, kinda wish I did.
Congrats on a great build.

 
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:57 PM   #14
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Very nice Jon. Where did you get the 1/2" stainless pipe at the bottom?

 
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Old 11-07-2010, 02:01 PM   #15
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What did you use for gas control?... A standing pilot? Any safety mechanism for a blown out pilot?

 
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Old 11-07-2010, 02:04 PM   #16
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Fantastic work! Look great!

Can I ask, what did you use to draw up this?:



I need to do some similar pictures...

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Old 11-07-2010, 02:14 PM   #17
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Just got up early for a day at the track... running out the door now.
I'll answer posted questions when I get back this evening.

 
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Old 11-07-2010, 04:24 PM   #18
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Very nice.

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Old 11-08-2010, 03:45 AM   #19
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How are you measuring volume?
As GillandCo said, I'm using the sight glasses. I fill my MLT with the necessary volume I need for the strike, then I (over) fill my HLT for more than I need. When I fly sparge, I collect my pre-boil volume in the BK based on the sight glass.

I'm looking at adding some adjustable float switches that I may try and calibrate to the sight glasses. I have some ideas for making some that would clamp onto the outside of the sight glass cover area. When you adjust it up/down, you would re-clamp it at the appropriate mark on the sight glass and the float switch would be inside the kettle at the same corresponding level.

I'm big into home automation, thus the reason I went this direction with my BCS & ball valves, but I'm not interested in setting something up for hands-off brewing and really have no interest in doing bubbler systems, pressure sensors or anything like that. Currently, monitoring levels is a very minimal issue for me, but again, I may address it in the future with some float switches.


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Very nice Jon. Where did you get the 1/2" stainless pipe at the bottom?
The SS tubing was bought on Ebay. There were a few places that had it in 4 - 6' sizes.


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What did you use for gas control?... A standing pilot? Any safety mechanism for a blown out pilot?
The gas valves are the simple solenoid ones from Valves4Projects on Ebay. I'm using standing pilots with them. I brew in my garage, so it's fairly protected from the wind, thus no real issues as of yet with the pilots. However, I do think I will continue looking for some gas valves that I can use with an electronic ignition system.

I do not walk away from the garage much when I'm brewing, so the risk at this point is minimal.

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Fantastic work! Look great!

Can I ask, what did you use to draw up this?:

I need to do some similar pictures...

Kal
I use Visio for my drawings. I sometimes use odd shapes and group them together to make things like pipe fittings and such.


Thanks everyone for the kind comments. Building a brew rig is as much fun as brewing itself!

 
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:14 AM   #20
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I'm looking at adding some adjustable float switches that I may try and calibrate to the sight glasses. I have some ideas for making some that would clamp onto the outside of the sight glass cover area. When you adjust it up/down, you would re-clamp it at the appropriate mark on the sight glass and the float switch would be inside the kettle at the same corresponding level.
Great setup
The float requires too much engineering
Use a capacitive prox switch or optical sensor clamped to the sight glass and connect to your BCS and done..

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