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Old 09-18-2008, 06:25 PM   #131
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I am sure by now that John has discovered that the hardware assembly and wiring was the easy part, building the code and GUI's is the long and tedious part of the system development.
Exactly, most HB'ers are also DIY'ers and will most likely want to customize their own rig anyway. I would think the best bet would be for John to sell the software solution as that's where his blood sweat and tears have been spent. +1 for keeping it affordable for us poor schmucks!



 
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Old 09-24-2008, 05:53 PM   #132
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It's Beautiful.
The interface is well laid out. One of my buddies is a GUI programmer for iTunes... He agrees.


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Old 09-24-2008, 07:51 PM   #133
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It's Beautiful.
The interface is well laid out. One of my buddies is a GUI programmer for iTunes... He agrees.
Well there's a complement if I've ever read one... woot!

FYI, I should be over the hump of my personal issues here shortly and plan on running another test of the main temp algorithm here in the next day or two...

 
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:59 PM   #134
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Beautiful. You've definitely raised the bar in the field of DIY brewing rigs...

This is definitely a huge inspiration! I'm just getting started with the whole HERMS thing, and your project gives me great ideas about where I will want to go with mine when I am finally done being a broke college student...


 
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:23 AM   #135
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John your beautiful system is definitely an inspiration. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us. Good luck working out the kinks and figuring out what you want to do with it (aside from the obvious). Big cheers to you.
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:00 PM   #136
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I'm finally on the brink of getting back on track. It is hard to believe its been a month since I went AWOL... life got in the way big-time. I'm running another test of the software right now - and feel that this could very well be the final version of the HEX algorithm. I will report back later with the results.

I did a little work to my rig by insulating the hoses. I just used water pipe insulation and wrapped that in electrical tape to help hold the shape. Here is an updated photo of my rig.

 
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:10 PM   #137
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I'm finally on the brink of getting back on track. It is hard to believe its been a month since I went AWOL... life got in the way big-time. I'm running another test of the software right now - and feel that this could very well be the final version of the HEX algorithm. I will report back later with the results.

I did a little work to my rig by insulating the hoses. I just used water pipe insulation and wrapped that in electrical tape to help hold the shape. Here is an updated photo of my rig.
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Old 10-06-2008, 12:16 AM   #138
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Welcome back...that is one sick set up. It makes my redneck shelving & cooler setup look prehistoric.

I don't know if I could ever wrap my head around that system, much less build it. I am simply amazed at your ability.
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Old 10-06-2008, 02:33 AM   #139
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Have you been thinking about having it adaptable for bigger systems and maybe trying to sell the software/interface to craft/microbrewers?

 
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:46 AM   #140
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OK, I have the HEX algorithm in the bag. This chart is from a test I just ran a few mins ago. You can see in the chart that the latest version of the algorithm auto adjusts itself as the temp gets closer to the set point to keep it from ramping too high. The Mash Tun had six gallons of water and the HEX/HLT had 15 gallons of water. It was around 120 degrees at the start due to an earlier test I ran. The dip at 126 is due to a 1 minute protein rest I had programmed into it before ramping to 153. You can't see it clearly in the chart, but it held 153 for an entire hour with less than +-.2 degrees.





 
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