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    DIY Peltier cooler ??

    If you dig into all of the math, it turns out that you need a several KW (yes kilowatts) of semiconductors in a stack (yes multiple layers) to get this sort of job done. You also need a heatsink on the other side of the stack that will get down to about a 10C rise at a KW or so of power. They...
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    Point to point or wire wrap?

    Hi If you stick with the DIP package parts PIC's (starting from the 18F series) have a lot of similarity in their pinouts. There are a couple of power pins that show up on the later parts that aren't on the early ones. If you go with the 28 pin DIP package, it exists in a *lot* of PIC...
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    Point to point or wire wrap?

    Hi The "cost is no object" approach would be to use multiple external PID's and select which one is active with the PIC. Sort of the 1960's approach. You could set each one to it's control point ahead of time and just let the PIC run a schedule. No, I'm not going to send you my credit...
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    Point to point or wire wrap?

    Hi Yes indeed, this is a bit picky. Feel free to ignore the input. I'd set your boil point sensor to something like 208 F to start the timer. It's "close enough", and takes care of things like slop in the calibration. Bob
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    Point to point or wire wrap?

    Hi Sounds good! Now you need to figure out what you are going to use for connectors. D-Sub's are popular, but you need strange cutouts for them. They also aren't great on current rating. CPC from TE / used to be AMP are a relatively cheap alternative. They get you up to some major current...
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    Stc-1000 wiring

    Hi I realize that for some reason you have a need to attack any post I make anywhere on the Forum, no matter what the topic. Why - who knows. I've bought millions of thermistors and used them in temperature control applications. They do indeed vary far more than you believe. An RTD or a...
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    Stc-1000 wiring

    Hi Oddly enough, I've actually been in the sort of places that "knock off" this sort of stuff. The way they do it is pretty simple. They all get a specific batch of parts from a single source. Each of them build up the parts and sell them. That way they don't have to worry about complicated...
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    Stc-1000 wiring

    Hi The gotcha is figuring out *exactly* which part is indeed the replacement. There are literally dozens of "OEM replacements" on eBay. Unless you get lucky, the beta is going to be wrong. Even buying them with the same beta number is a bit of a guess. Different manufacturers come up with...
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    GE 7 CF (FCM7SUWW) keezer conversion

    Hi That's what many power supplies do when they are running into to big a load. Either your blower is pulling more than 5 amps or the power supply is putting out less than it's rated for. Bob
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    Stc-1000 wiring

    Hi Last time we had this conversation, you came on pretty strongly that "calibration is nonsense" .... Some more of the story: Beta is an exponent in the fit equation. A small change tolerance wise in the beta results in a fairly large change in the resistance versus temperature slope...
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    Interest check for BrewPi, a Raspberry Pi fermentation controller/data logger

    Hi The dsPIC33's from Microchip are a pretty good intermediate between the Arduino's and full blown ARM. You are up to a 140 MHz clock, even at low voltage. That helps get stuff done. You also have at least two I2C's and a pair of UARTS on almost all of the chips. Of course the main...
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    Stc-1000 wiring

    Hi Ok, here goes again on the probes: 1) You need one that's 10K ohms nominal resistance at 25C. That's pretty easy, just be sure you don't get ones that are 10K at 20C. 2) You need one that's an NTC (negative temperature coefficient) not PTC (positive temperature coefficient). Again...
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    A Keezer in progress

    Hi 23" without anything connected to them. Figure another half inch to allow hoses to get in and out easily. There is some variation between manufacturers, so it's best to measure the actual kegs you have if you are really trying to squeeze things in. Bob
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    Attaching 2 Blichmann Burners Together?

    Hi It's the normal floor standing burner setup minus the legs that hold it up off the floor. Sorry - no picture. Bob
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    Point to point or wire wrap?

    Hi Setting up a gun for each gauge is the right way to go. That way you aren't fiddling with stuff all the time. It's a *lot* easier to see the "30 GA" marking sticker on a gun than that little print on the bits... My Raspbery Pi came in to day and I'm wondering how best to use it. Yes...
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    Single Tier Brutus Clone.....Another One!

    Hi You don't want to have a "buffer" of dead air between the bottom of the pot and the burner. The burners run quite a bit of air, so you need some room for it to exhaust. Watch the air currents when the burner is on high. It should be pretty apparent where stuff is going. Bob Bob
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    Guide to set internal chest freezer thermostat to >32F; Eliminate external control

    Hi They zero them with the same little screw that everybody is using to switch them to higher temperature. Toss it in a cold bath and tweak the screw. Bob
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    Point to point or wire wrap?

    Hi The little crimp in the wire is actually a weld (if everything is working). It's a microscopic sized weld, but it is fused metal. Without it, you have the possibility of oxidation on the connection. With low level stuff (like logic) that can be a pain. Sounds like you done good! Bob
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    Attaching 2 Blichmann Burners Together?

    Hi If shipping is the issue, there are stores that will absorb the shipping costs if you pick it up at the store. I'd phone around and see what you can find. If there's nothing local to you, there is at least one about 3 hours west of you. Bob
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    School me on LLC

    Hi Not the wrong move. Any / all of these chemicals can leave residue. They also ignore certain things (hopefully they don't dissolve stainless steel or vinyl :D). The first time you use any cleaner it may pull out more stuff than it does on subsequent flushes. Bob