and how about the software development?
Please elaborate, I feel a bit stupid having been waiting for this now for 3 years.
I know one can use the old fermentation webpage for brewing, but it is far from optimal and functional, with no boil control.
So as beeing sold as a herms controller, this is rather a miss-statement as it is only a fermentation controller, and if you dirty hack it you can use it to control the temp in mashing progress. On the other hand your brewpi homepage clearly show a full herms brewing setup?? If I would be frank, this is straight out lying?
Please Elco, I know you want to cover all bases, make the best algorithms, be able to draw power to more heating elements by utilizing pulsewithmodulation and triggering the relays, and be able to not only turn on and off the valves and pumps, but be able to have flow control.
But maybe, just maybe, this is out of your leauge, maybe you should keep the boring pid algorithms you have now, and focus on making a web interface that enables the use of the system for herms brewing, as it is sold as. ensure that there are a good “recepi” function, and ensure that there are a boild controll, so that people that have bought this to do brewing, can do that. And then afterwards work on all the underlaying deeper programing to enable all the nice to have features.
I’m pretty sure, that most of the people that have bought your system, would be very happy with just a new webpage that is HERMS enabled, with the same backbone code as of today. Cause as you say, it can be used today, its just stupidily weird and hard to “rewire” that the room, is the mashing tun, and that its needed dates when making a recepi, and that there are no boil control with timers for hops. As should be very straight forward.
At the timebeeing, the herms functionallity of the BREWPI is non, you can use the fermentation homepage to mash, but this is just BS. I went all inn on your good intentions and the nice software you had for fermenting. By spending up to 1000 euros on something that promiss much but does non, I’m not only ashamed as a brewer, but also feel that I have been tricked, and sits with a big herms brewing system, that is as close to manual brew in bag, as could possibly be. Now this turned into a rant, but seriously. I have stopped brewing because of this. In retrospect, I should/could/wish I just spent my cash on a brewmeister, got a product that worked and could skip this whole ourdeal, but at the time beeing, I sit with alot of specific equipment that has totally lost its value, jumped into a full herms setup that is hard to automate any other way, alot of sensors that I basically can trow away. Please Elco, I understand, that starting a webshop and selling alot of devices and equipment takes time, and that earning money is better than ensuring that the product does what it says, but in the end, your delivering alot of equipment based on a lie. Is that a good way going about your buisniss. I have met you in person, and you are a kind soul, and I suppose you do your best, but sometime this is not good enough.
Now, Please cut the crap, all the possibilities you want to build in is nice, but first, make a Herms software setup/GUI that works, before spending more time on possibilities and capabilities that will be used by few, and possibly (I guess) hinder you from releasing something that will work for 70-90% of your buyers.
And if not, KEEP US UPDATED, you have sold a product that does not do what you have said it will do, and you have wasted ALOT of years collectively. Otherwise, this is a SCAM, and can not be seen as anything else.