I’ve just finished building my BrewPi controlled brew system (I’ve called it “The Incredible Machine”!).
A few features:
- Splash proof control panel. I wanted the panel on the shelf so I can eventually wheel it and brew outside.
- Metal control panel for good heat dissipation
- Laser cut and etched perspex window to ensure good WiFi signal
- Heaters and Pumps can be switched between manual and auto
- Because I’m in a rental with 10A 240V power points, and 16A 240V house circuit breakers, the control panel is powered off two separate house circuits (using a long extension cable). Currently has 2200W heating elements, but I’ll upgrade to the 3500W BrewPi elements when I move into my own house.
- Microphone connectors for sensors and pumps for water proof-ness. But I would go for RJ12 connectors if I did it again. Soldering was a pain!
- Will remove the Raspberri Pi when WiFi is supported on the Spark.
- Low watt density heating belt hidden in the air flow/distribution panel at the back of the fridge
- Inline oxygenation in the tee just before it drains into the fermenter. Tee is quick disconnect for easy sterilisation.
- Terribly inefficient counter flow chiller…but easy to clean.
- Still need to mount the home made sparge “shower head” onto a quick-disconnect arm which will come from a side inlet. Then I can recirculate with the lid on, minimise heat loss and therefore the difference between the HLT temp and the Mash temp. Theory being that this will tighten the distribution of temperatures that the conversion enzymes are exposed to. Giving me better control over the beer body. Completely over kill.
- New BrewPi pumps with speed controllers
- Will write a script to easily switch between HERMS and fridge configurations (until the new software with multiple chamber support is ready).
Thanks @Elco and others for all the hard work on the software dev and quality products!