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FourSwitch

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long time reader, I figure i should post what im working with here. (video below)

I use a 60A Panel, 11,000 watts in both the HLT and BK
The panel is controlled by a BCS462 ran through a WIFI router client
I use a 3GPM pump to recirculate the HLT to stop stratification
I use a worm gear motor and a custom welded agitator to automate mash raking
I use actuated ball valves to direct the wort to the proper pump
Everything else is pretty close to a standard 3 vessel i believe, let me know

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How did you handle volume sensing? Looks like float switches maybe? If that's the case what is you approach to sparging?
 
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Hey Jimmy, Yep i use float switches, 2 in the HLT, 1 in boil, and one in mash. I find it easier to batch sparge personally. Since i dont need to babysit the thing i can be inside watching TV, or chilling with the kiddo! also floats have made the programming side a bit lighter for me which is nice as well.

I have seen good results with capacitive sensors, and with ultrasonic level sensors. but at the end of the day i kind of put the over complicated side away and stuck to KISS (Keep it simple, stupid!)
 
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Great job.
Shouldn't read full auto minus hop and grain additions?
Haha If you want to get technical sure! Usually i dont worry about that, i dump the grains in a while before i even hit start :p

Maybe its time for me to build an auger system for the grains:)
 
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