If this is redundant i apologize as I tried to search first before posting. I am in the planning stages of a PC driven brewing system. It will be HERMS with 2, 5500w elements.
I have a spot in the basement dedicated to be a brewing room, and I want to start getting rough Ideas for what I want to do. I really like the controllers at Brewmaster Controls
but Im on a budget and cant drop the 2500 + cables outright. I will have to build it and get one piece at a time. Besides I want to learn to do this because i like to build this kind of stuff.. its almost as fun as brewing.
I see that that specific controller uses the Arduino UNO as a heart that controls the SSRs and includes a data logging tool. I really like the way that's set up but I have been reading a lot about the Raspberry Pi model B and it sounds really fun also.
I know very little about how to use / program them but im willing to dedicate time to learn one of them really well but Im not sure which would be the best option for me. Below is the list of must haves.. maybe it will help you guys suggest which chipset to learn.
-Must control 2 heating elements with PID control to a SSR
-Include at least 3-4 Temperature sensors to go in the vessels and
possibly one to control the cold side fermentation fridge.
- Must include a data logging tool i can parse or email graphs to myself for records.
- I want to drive it with either my laptop or a 10" touchscreen mounted into a panel.
Thanks for taking the time to read this long winded post and offer advice on what I need to research... I really appreciate it!!