Brewometer integration


#104

Finaly made it work!! Also combined with apache to get an admin login page and the normal stripped down version without buttons etc.

Only thing I'm missing is logging of the battery, is that possible?


#105

Starting a nice monologue here, bummer that all the activity of this thread is dead :-/

Small update: my battery died in under 12hours :frowning: apparently I have a faulty unit. They will send me a replacement.

Another thing I noticed: 12 hours of dataloging at 10second interval and the interface is no longer useable on my iphone (very slow). I'll try increasing to 2 or 5 minute interval. But this is a bad start.. What after 3 weeks into fermentation? (I do fermentation + lagering/cold crash in the same tank). I could start a new log for this offcource..

@sbowler Since I won't be using the tilt tomorrow when brewing, since it is not working properly, is there an easy way to make brewpi stop logging the "empty" datapoints of the SG sensor? So my log is not getting super slow?

And for the future, is there a way to not log the sensors that are not in use? I mean all the other "colors"? Re-write something in a script so it only logs the sensors that we want it to log?


#106

Hi @sbowler.

I brought back a brewometer from the US this week and am trying to integrate it with brewpi.

I've got all of the files in place and the BrewometerTest.py is receiving data for my red brewometer no problem.

Brewpi is showing the BO in the webpage but no data for it? It seems to know I have a red one as that is the only line plotted. I have checked the data in /var/www/html and it is logging data to the .csv file. This just doesn't seem to be making it on to the brewpi web page.

Any ideas please?


#107

Sorted!!. Looks like beer-chart.js had been overwritten somehow. It also didn't like www-data being used as owner on /var/www. I re chowned everything back to brewpi and it was fine. It's worth noting that I am testing with water in prep for the boil I have going at the moment. Hence the low gravity!


#108

@KLucky_13 I had the same problem with short logging intervals, the site would load eventually but it took a very long time. Longer logging intervals work. I just finished a three week fermentation and it was slow at the end, but still usable.
The problem is that the battery only lasts for three weeks. With BLE I would have expected the battery of this size to last much longer, anyone else here who can share how long their Tilt/Brewometer lasts with a fresh battery?

On my implementation and several others prior in this thread, the nonactive hydrometers do not show in the sidepanel. Not sure where your installation might have gone wrong, but I had something similar after I implemented password protection on part of the site, could be related to that admin.php setup. Now i have a password on the whole site, with no public panel, and can no longer see the nonactive coloured tilts.


#109

@sbowler... I have a new problem. I have set the calibration file and it is saying the following in the brewpi log.

ERROR: Brewometer (Red): Unable to initialise Gravity Calibration data (brewometer/GRAVITY.red) - list index out of range

I have the following in there at the moment.

1.034, 1.050

I get the same message when trying to calibrate temp too.

Rich


#110

I don't see the other SG meters in the side. I just read in this thread that they are plotting "null" data. So not showing but it is there. Which gives you 2 plots per colour even if they are not used/visible.

3 weeks? Ok that's already longer than mine (dead after 12 hours), but still.. This would mean a new battery at each brew session (=4-5 euros for a battery).

Their website states: up to 3 months depending on the use. What would they mean with "depending on the use"?


#111

@Richard_Crump is your SG meter that far out of range? That you need to calibrate from 1.034 to 1.050? Or are you just testing?


#112

I don't know but it looks that way. This is my first go with the brewometer... It read fine at 1.000 in water. I just finished my brew day. Expected OG was 1.049. My own old fashioned hydrometer reads 1.050 and the brewometer reads 1.034 so I'm trying to calibrate to get 1.034 to show as the actual 1.050.

I've also emailed the Brewometer guys to see if this variance is normal too.

Rich


#113

Hi @KLucky_13, Sorry for the lack of replies over the past 2 days... It's a long weekend here, so haven't been near my PC...

To answer a few of your questions:
- Battery Level: I'm not aware of a way to log the battery level from the brewometer. It doesn't publish that detail in the beacon message.
- Stopping logging: If you turn the Tilt off by sitting it upside down, the script will stop logging points. Similarly, if you have two Tilts, you can disable one by turning it off. However, there's no way to specify which Tilt to log vs not log if you have Multiple Tilts and Multiple BrewPis... It would be a good future enhancement, but I'm reluctant to spend too much time on that until @Elco releases the new version of the web interface, which is meant to have better support for additional sensors.

I'm glad you were able to work out your other issues. Unfortunately I don't have any visibility of that Branch (but pleased that someone has been able to adapt this to the Arduino codebase).


#114

Hi @Richard_Crump... I've not seen that error before and I couldn't reproduce it just now with those values. IS it possible for you to attach your calibration file or send a OneDrive/DropBox/GoogleDrive link?


#115

Well I have used mine for 2 brews for 3 weeks each and plus the postage to Australia for about 3 weeks and a week into my current brew for a week and orginal battery still working for me.


#116

ok. I'm attaching it here.

it resides in /home/brewpi/brewometer. The file is actually GRAVITY.red but I have added the .txt on the end to allow me to upload it as an attachment.

Error is.

ERROR: Brewometer (Red): Unable to initialise Gravity Calibration data (brewometer/GRAVITY.red) - list index out of range

Thanks,
Rich

/GRAVITY.red.txt (563 Bytes)


#117

I have set the interval at which it collects datapoints to 2 minutes, however, when I check back a while later, it has reset himself to 10 seconds. Anyone knows what's happening there?


#118

Hi Richard.

I see what's going on now. Unfortunately the file parsing logic is fairly basic, so does not handle the blank line before the #Original SG Value, Calibrated value line. So to fix, just remove the blank line, so that your file looks like:
#Gravity Calibration file for Brewometer
#To be active, the file should be named GRAVITY.<colour> in the brewometer/ folder
#and have at least one calibration value inside.
#So to calibrate a black brewometer, the file would be called GRAVITY.black
#The following example two calibration points are used.
#0.997 read from the brewometer will be calibrated to the actual value of 0.999
#1.056 read from the brewometer will be calibrated to the actual value of 1.060
#Other calibration points will be calculated.
#Original SG Value, Calibrated Value
1.034, 1.050

It's something I may look to fix in a future version.


#119

I've seen that too, and my assumption it's just a Bug in the web interface that's just not showing the set value in that drop down list.


#120

Oh ok, So only the UI is bugging? It's still set to the chosen parameter only the interface is showing something else? Than its not that big of a deal


#121

Cracking. Removed the blank line and the calibration is functioning perfectly!

Brewometer (Red): Initialised Gravity Calibration: Offset (0.016)

I assume it is the same case for the temp file that was reporting the same thing.

Thanks very much!


#122

On the subject of calibration... The Baron Brew guys have been in touch to say that if I think there's a problem with my brewometer, it's covered under warranty and they will ship a replacement. Very good just service from them!
I have a question to other brewometer users. Have any of you had to calibrate to this level where the brewometer is showing 1.034 and the brew is actually 1.050?
I'm going to do another test to make sure it's not just off for this brew. If this calibration is commonplace, then I have no problem calibrating.

Thanks,
Rich


#123

Yes. I just had this happen on my first use of the Brewometer. I had a 1.052 wort and the Brewometer read something like 1.038. I recalibrated it to read the correct value, but then when terminal gravity was reached....1.011 the Brewometer read 1.023. I have not had a chance to retrieve it from the fermenter yet to see if there are issues like hops or trub stuck to it. The battery may also have gone dead as I am monitoring it remotely.....and can no longer "see" it on Google Sheets.

Ric