Cheers to all!
My current control panel is a real mess!
It's working, but every time I need to change or fix something I have to move like an elephant in a glass shop!
At the heart of my build there is the brewtroller, microcomputer devoted to brewing, and I love it. 2 March 809 pumps (220V model), 7-9 motorized valves (depending on the setup I've used), 2 LP Banjo burners for HLT and BK, Herms coil in HLT (planning to move it in a smaller specific kettle. All my kettles are actually 26 gal each.
What I don't like in my control panel:
- Poor enclosure quality
- Small switches
- Small LCD as cp display
- Maintenance very hard in the "spaghetti style" wirings inside the cp
What I'm planning to do:
- An integrated 10" touchscreen lcd
- Bigger switches with led light
- Better enclosure
- DIN mounting for all the components inside the cp
- Terminal blocks for better wiring layout
- Alarm light
- Emergency stop button
I've started designing my cp new layout
Not 100% complete, but from this the new approach should be clear enough.
This is the steel enclosure chosen:
These are the switches bought from the aliexpress marketplace
As for the Bretroller, I've chosen to make a major upgrade, buying the new Opentroller DX1, more hw features enclosed and DIN mount ready
The Brewtroller/Opentroller can be connected from the live brewtroller website
But you need to be Internet connected to have access to it. I've decided to avoid Internet and to to direct connect the Opentroller to the Raspberry PI, with a short network cable.
A light webserver running in the rpi should run properly the live brewtroller website. The live brewtroller web app has been developed by a Brewtroller user and given from the friendly people from brewtroller people (Thanks JC!) upon request.
A main aspect is the 10" touchscreen lcd, but I've found a nice answer right after a few clicks in the Web.
It connects to the Raspberry PI hdmi exit and can also power the rpi. Received it last week and had it connected properly to the rpi immediately. Doing some tests in these days to find the best sw solution as virtual keyboard. Matchbox is the fist actually testing.
This image just to give a general view
As for the control panel cover, I'll go with the ponoko laser cut service (link
) as already successfully did from others, the blackheartbrewery guys among the others
Keep tuned, more updates soon!