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Old 07-30-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
Jul 2012
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So I'm new to the automated brewing scene. Can someone explain to me how the BCS 460 system works?? I'm no computer genius so simple terms would be preferred. What hardware, both computer and other, is needed. Thanks...

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Old 07-31-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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You need a computer with a network connection and a web browser to communicate with the BCS. Other than that, you will need some temperature sensors and possibly some switches for input as well as some SSR's (solid state relays) for output. The BCS output consists of 5 volt signals at low current, so the SSR's are required to switch higher voltage/power loads.

The BCS runs programs that work in discrete steps, switching between them based upon conditions that you program. For example, you can have a program with a step that monitors a temperature reading and adjusts an output to hold that temperature (e.g. a RIMS tube via a heating element) until a specific condition is met (a time, etc.) Inputs and outputs remain until you switch to a different step. It's a very flexible system that requires some knowledge of computer programming principles, although not as much knowledge as is needed for an Arduino type system.

Check out the wiki and forum at http://www.embeddedcontrolconcepts.com for a much better explanation.

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Old 08-02-2012, 07:20 AM   #3
Jul 2011
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If you are not driving an electric water heating element (or some other high current application) you can use the BCS to switch valves, ignitors and other stuff using a 12V relay board such as this .
Its a great product, with a some what steep learning curve if you don't have any computer background, but do as ChuckO said and check out the forum and wiki at their site. JonW who posts here has a pretty killer BCS 462 setup which he describes in detail in here.

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