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Old 11-15-2013, 12:14 AM   #311
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Thanks Flomaster. Yes, I've heard of Brewluminati. I'm in Brewcommune. Some of the luminati guys used to be in our club. We're meeting at OPP this month on the 19th. Our meetings are open for any brewers to attend - you don't have to be a member. Come by and check it out.


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Old 11-16-2013, 10:12 PM   #312
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Awesome build! I'm modeling some of my build on your detailing - one question - are the glowfly wired series or parallel?


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Old 11-16-2013, 10:51 PM   #313
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Awesome build! I'm modeling some of my build on your detailing - one question - are the glowfly wired series or parallel?
Parallel. Technically, you could use a separate output for each one and only have them fire with their respective burner, but I just wired them together so that when any burner fires, they all ignite.
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:15 AM   #314
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:46 PM   #315
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I started having some intermittent problems with my spark igniters. I swapped them out for the hot surface igniters (HSI's) and they are working great. They are powered by 120V, so I wired all three of them to a single SSR. The BCS powers them up 5 seconds before opening the gas valve and continues to keep them on for another 5 seconds after the valve is opened. They are working flawlessly. I'm now going to suggest these to anyone doing an igniter system like mine.

You can search ebay for "Honeywell Hot Surface Igniter". Model number is Q3200U1004.

This is the one I used:
Jon, any idea how much amperage the glow plugs pull? I looked on Honeywell's site and couldn't find that information.

 
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:58 PM   #316
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Jon, any idea how much amperage the glow plugs pull? I looked on Honeywell's site and couldn't find that information.
Each one was about 1 amp. At that level, I decided to just wire them all together on one SSR and have them fire at the same time regardless of which burner valve was opening.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:56 PM   #317
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I am sure you get asked this a billion times... I hope you will or can give me just a minute of your time. I am building a brew stand very similar to yours and bsomogyi (Coloradoan).. What interests me most about yours is your similarity to mine in that I want to control fermenters and serving units as well from my BCS. I plan to separate the brew stand from the BCS and thus I need a way to connect the Stand to the BCS. I know you use CAT5 for your connections.. I was wondering if you could explain that set up to me? How many connections and to what are they connected.. I plant to have 6 valves (liquid) and 2 valves (gas) for HERMS set up.. Your brewstand (as I remember it) has the pumps plugged into 110 outlets on bottom of stand.. Do you have relays also on the stand that provide power to outlets? I assume the cat 5 provides power to valves when switched on by BCS? Any info is greatly appreciated..

 
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I am sure you get asked this a billion times... I hope you will or can give me just a minute of your time. I am building a brew stand very similar to yours and bsomogyi (Coloradoan).. What interests me most about yours is your similarity to mine in that I want to control fermenters and serving units as well from my BCS. I plan to separate the brew stand from the BCS and thus I need a way to connect the Stand to the BCS. I know you use CAT5 for your connections.. I was wondering if you could explain that set up to me? How many connections and to what are they connected.. I plant to have 6 valves (liquid) and 2 valves (gas) for HERMS set up.. Your brewstand (as I remember it) has the pumps plugged into 110 outlets on bottom of stand.. Do you have relays also on the stand that provide power to outlets? I assume the cat 5 provides power to valves when switched on by BCS? Any info is greatly appreciated..
My current configuration is a bit different as I now have a BCS-460 mounted on the wall for the kegerator, fermenter and smoker and my BCS-462 is permanently mounted under the bottom shelf of my rig. However, I will explain the setup as I previously had it with the 462 mounted in the wall cabinet and controlling the kegerator, fermenter and brew rig.

On my rig, I have 7 SSR's that control (3) 110V pumps, (3) 110V gas valves and 1 SSR for the burner igniters. There is also an 8 channel relay board that controls the 6 liquid ball valves and the audible buzzer/alarm. There are also 4 temp probes on the rig.

I have the BCS wired to 3 Cat-5 data jacks. One jack for the SSR's, one for the low voltage relays and 1 for the temp probes. Basically, I wired from the BCS to 3 jacks on the wall and wired the stand from the relays/probes to 3 jacks on the stand. I then use Cat5 cables to connect the two.

There is no "power" going across the cat-5 wiring - it is the low level outputs from the BCS only. I have a single 110V cord on the stand to plug it in and it provides power to the SSR's and a 12V supply mounted under the rig.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:03 AM   #319
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Do you have a part list for the build interested in a build with motorized valves, just finished a glycol chiller for my fermenter looking to build a nice brewery in the garage and love your setup...
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:50 PM   #320
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I will be heavily copying this design, but will be building a strut version of the stand. Thanks for all the great ideas.


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