OK, let me say first that I have ZERO electrical know how. I don't understand all the terms, but I'm trying to learn (and I've got friends who can offer assistance). Plus I have all my fellow HBTers! So, in light of my own electrical ineptitude, I'm looking for a "plug-n-play" design to control my mash temps.
My system is a HERMS system that is currently manually controlled. I pump it through the coil in the HLT and watch the temps on the return port via a thermometer with high & low setpoint alarm. When the thermometer alarm goes off telling me my temps have dropped, I kick the burner on and ramp the temps back up. When it goes off again once the temp has been reached, I turn the burner off. It works, but it's not ideal. Here's what I'm looking at to allow me to "set it and forget it." Help me understand if I'm not looking at this correctly.
First, the controller: Auber Precision Plug-n-Play Controller
. The accuracy on this system is perfect and right in the range of a typical mash and it seems to have the features I'm looking for.
Second, the solenoid valve: ASCO Model 8261
. This is the same solenoid valve as used in the Blichmann Tower of Power. I'd use the same 120V DIN power cable too (ZA34A). This would plug into the back of the Auber Controller's 120V power plug.
Third, the pilot valve, pilot light, and thermocouple:Honeywell Pilot Valve
with Honeywell Pilot Burner
, and Honeywell Thermocouple
All this is going to be installed on one Blichmann Burner. I'm assuming the order I would install this in is:
Pilot Valve (w/ connected Pilot Burner & Thermocouple)-->Solenoid Valve (Plugged into the Auber Controller)-->Burner
Is this correct? Like I said, I'm a total noob so don't know much about this stuff. I'm looking for input on whether this will work. If it won't, give me a bit of input if you could. The Auber Plug-n-Play is a nice option for me. See if you can't build a system around that. I'm not interested in a Love controller or PIDs or any of that at this time. I'm looking for a controller that is pre-wired, ready to roll (like the Tower of Power modules, but maybe not as expensive). Thanks in advance.