I’m new to BrewPi but thought I’d introduce myself, talk a bit about what I’m trying to do, share a little feedback and bounce some ideas around.
I received my BrewPi Spark 2 a few days ago. When I originally ordered, I think I followed a link to the order page. I don’t believe this page mentions that you need a Raspberry Pi to make it work. I did find that info on the product info page, but didn’t find that page until after I had the unit. Fortunately I had a RasPi V1 laying around (and now have a V2 on order), and was able to get that up and running. It seems obvious now that I’d need this, but it wasn’t clear from the order page (or maybe I just missed it).
The next thing that took some time, was the need for connecting the BrewPi to the RasPi via USB. It wasn’t mentioned in the docs, and I only found obscure references to that searching through the forums. Finally, however, I figured it out.
I have it running now, but its a little unclear if I need to update the BrewPi firmware. Also the update instructions on GItHub are a little unclear (mostly because I don’t know what the different versions are and exactly what I have). This is just learning curve- but it seems for now I’m fine as-is.
I’m actually not using this for beer- I built a wine cellar for aging & storing my wine (and maybe fermenting my white wines but now I’m just making reds). I was using an STC1000 type controller, but I like the web logging, and wanted to be able to control fans/lights and have the ability to customize things. So BrewPi looks like a real good starting point for me vs. building my own.
Some of the concepts are still a little unclear - how best to configure it for my use case. What Idling means. Room temp vs. chamber temp, details on the control algorithm (especially if I don’t have a beer temp sensor), details on the different modes, and details on fan control and light control. If I’ve somehow missed docs on all this, then pointers would be appreciated but otherwise it looks like I’ll be learning from source code.