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Old 09-21-2012, 01:26 PM   #11
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Simply amazing, well done sir!
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:28 PM   #12
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Freaking geektastic, you're a lucky dude. Maybe next time I'm in Austin (every 3-6 months) I could come by and fondle it....
Oh, me too! If I could just touch it, for a minute, I'd be so happy.
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:25 PM   #13
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That is amazing! LabVIEW is awesome hardware/software to use, but yeah, definitely expensive. My senior project group spent nearly $4K on just a few Analog and Digital I/O modules for our dyno

 
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:02 PM   #14
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Oh, me too! If I could just touch it, for a minute, I'd be so happy.
Ha, I'm not sure how I'd preface that to my wife. I can kinda hear the conversation in my head right now...

"Oh, so honey...a couple of guys who I know from this online brewing forum are going to come by to touch my brewery today."

Seriously though, I appreciate the kind feedback. It was a hectic rebuild process to get it ready for NI Week, but after brewing on it again last night, I'm really really happy with how it turned out. Last night was possibly the smoothest brewing session I've ever had.

 
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:07 PM   #15
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That is one of the cooler rigs I have seen. Well done sir.

 
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:15 PM   #16
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Very nice job, Love the hole computer based control panel.

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:15 PM   #17
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That is amazing! LabVIEW is awesome hardware/software to use, but yeah, definitely expensive. My senior project group spent nearly $4K on just a few Analog and Digital I/O modules for our dyno
Yah, it's definitely not priced for the typical hobby market, but it's also not the typical hobbyist hardware. I'm going to say that I probably could have done everything with a brewtroller or even with lower-level PIC-based tools, but it would have taken me a whole lot longer to get everything up and running. I mean, unless I was using an arduino library, I'd probably still be fighting with the 1-wire digital protocol. There's something to be said about COTs hardware.

At the end of the day though, a brewery (even a home brewery) is a pretty legitimate industrial system, so it's not too over the top to use a legitimate industrial-grade control system. However, if I didn't have a serious hookup, I'd probably be using some frankenstein, PIC-based control system with a Microchip ethernet driver board and a character LCD.

 
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:17 PM   #18
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That is one of the cooler rigs I have seen. Well done sir.
I've been an occasional poster and a long time lurker on this forum, so that compliment carries a lot of weight coming from you (and from Yooper as well).

Thanks guys.

 
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:27 PM   #19
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You've been featured on Hack-A-Day

http://hackaday.com/2012/09/21/autom...al-controller/

https://decibel.ni.com/content/proje...o-brewery/blog

 
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:02 AM   #20
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Yah, I was excited to see that yesterday afternoon. Their commenters have been pretty brutal on my wiring technique though!

I know that it's ugly, and I'm aware that I had to mix power and signal level wiring (no choice since I wanted the actual AC circuits represented in the LEDs on the front), but other than that the wiring is actually color coded, sized properly, terminated properly and grounded properly. It's just ugly, but that's what happens when you're struggling to hit a deadline. Hidden cosmetics are the first corners that get cut. It got covered up by a box, nobody ever saw it until now, and most importantly it works. I have between little and no desire to go back and clean it up.

It's funny that the wiring and the lack of labels have been the two points of criticism. Oh well, you can't expect all of the interwebs to be as supportive or rational as HBT.

I brewed on it again on Thurs night. It went really smoothly, probably the best brewing session I've ever had. I got a few more good shots of it that I'll post on Monday.

 
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