Let me first say - I really do like my BCS. Once you understand how to program the system, it's a snap to reconfigure and because it runs off-line you can just start a process and walk away. Nice. . . Really looking forward to the 4.0 upgrades that have been talked about.
My beef is really with Brewer's hardware - I think. Not to be confused with Brew Hardware - Bobby's done well by me!! I bought my BCS460 several years back along with 4-5 white cabled thermoprobes. They aren't particularly sturdy (pretty crappy to be honest), but they're decent enough if you're careful. Well I wasn't, and I eventually broke the wiring right where the cable enters the probe body. Total loss (and yes I tried to get inside). So, no big deal, right? Just jump on-line at BH and order replacements. Problem is - and this wasn't obvious until I ran a firmware update on my BCS (another beef for another time
), the new probes are not the same as the old ones. They have a different transistor and the coefficients are actually different. WTF?? Why was this change made? This means I need to keep track of which probe I'm using and change the coeffs in the system settings file every time I plug in a probe. Dumb. . .
The good news was I was able to create two system.cfg files. One uses the new probes (and their coeffs) and runs my brewery; the other uses the white probes (and a different set of coeffs) to run my fermenters. The bad news is, I'm one broken/bad probe away from being screwed on the fermenter side, and these probes ain't cheap!
Ok. Rant over. Call this a PSA for BCS probes. Perhaps someone out there will read this thread and have an ahhh - that's why my probes are way off - moment. I did. . .
Thanks for listening (reading)