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Old 01-05-2011, 06:47 AM   #1
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Has anyone built a gas (propane or natural) powered Brutus with BCS controls? Every post I find has the BCS controlling an electric rig.



 
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:05 PM   #2
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Has anyone built a gas (propane or natural) powered Brutus with BCS controls? Every post I find has the BCS controlling an electric rig.
I am curious about this as well.


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Old 01-05-2011, 03:59 PM   #3
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i have a BCS controlled natural gas rig, however its not a brutus. My BCS controls the flow of gas to my burners and turns my pumps on and off.

 
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:13 PM   #4
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Ditto, I am almost finished building a single tier system with the BCS. The BCS will control the hot surface igniter and solenoid gas valve to the hot liquor tank, 2 pumps, and my RIMS heater.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:23 PM   #5
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I'm using 3 NG burners controlled by solenoid valves on my BCS system.

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Old 01-05-2011, 07:47 PM   #6
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So those using it for ng or propane have essentially built a Brutus and in place of the love controllers you are using the BCS? At $60 a pop, it is in my opinion a better expense to go the BCS route and have many more options for control. Am I wrong?

 
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:40 PM   #7
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I think it's hard to make a direct comparison like that. But yes, the BCS is going to give you many more options for control. I have the BCS-462 model and I use all 8 temp probes on mine. Having all temps and control in a single web screen is much better for me than having separate controllers (like Love, Johnson, etc.).
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:50 PM   #8
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The brutus is a liquid flow design. Lonnie just uses LOVE controllers. The phrase "I am building a brutus" is used way too broadly. You can control the thing however you want. The BCS can easily control a gas valve.

I am very high on the BCS. I think is is a good cost and the interface is very nice.

 
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:03 PM   #9
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I have a BCS and control propane with no problem... for simplicity the love controllers are nice, but if you really want to control more than just your wort production then the BCS is a clear winner.

 
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:02 PM   #10
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Down the line I want to go all out with ball valve solenoids but for now I want to do a single tier design mirroring Lonnies design so I am thinking what the he'll, just start with the BCS and expand later. The BCS 460 can only handle 4 inputs for temp correct? So ie. 1 on HLT, 1 Mash Tun, 1 at wort chiller intake and the final temp probe at the chiller exit. So if I want to include fermentation control I will need the 462.

Sorry for all the questions, I just don't want to waste time and money on this build.



 
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