Brewery Controller

Getting Started – Brewing with Raspberry Pi

SD CARD Preperation: First, make sure your SD card is formatted. The easy method of doing this is from Windows startmenu, search for: diskpart This will give you a small cmd window where we can manually clean and format our SD card. Why not the old fashion way? Because SD cards that have been used before are really difficult to format to their full size using the traditional Windows format option. Why? -i have no idea.. 🙂 Read more…

Brewery Controller

Automated Fermenter

  We have previously completed our Automated Brewery, its now time to automate the fermenting process. The less things we need to worry about, the more we can focus on what we really love; making recipes and brewing beer! Contents Step 1 – Preparing the Raspberry Pi Connecting cables to the Raspberry Pi Step 2 – Connecting the SSRs (directly to the refrigerator) Wiring Diagram (example) Step 2 – Connecting the SSRs (easy method) Step Read more…

Brewery Controller

Automated brewery

Recently, we have expanded and upgraded the brewery for larger batches and more effecient brewing. More equipment, requires additional controls. Initially, we were looking at building a traditional controller, using PID`s and switches. This would allow us to control the pumps and heaters. This is the most traditional method for brewery controllers, and there are a lot of clever guides on how to build this, both High-End and low budget versions. But with some creativity and Read more…

Brewery Controller

Brewery upgrades – controller

After some time using the controller and the ever-growing community is getting larger, there are some “fine adjustments” being suggested to parts, wiring and usage. One of the biggest one have been regarding the DS18B20 temperature sensor. This sensor, used on both Raspberry Pi`s and Arduino`s is a  “1-wire” sensor and supports several sensors on one bus (GPIO4 in the Pi) The only other connections required is 3V and Ground. New information however suggests that Read more…

Brewing Sessions

BrewSession: VSOP Vanilla Porter

Sunday was another brew day and the second time making a new recipe on the new brewery. One thing we are running into is the pre-heating of water challenge. We are using the HLT kettle to heat up the water before we start. But taking into account the “loss” at the bottom of all the kettles that are used, the total amount of water needed quickly gets up to the limit of the kettle. We Read more…

Brewing

Kort innføring i brygging

Brygging er en voksende hobby og lideskap for flere og flere. Sammen med en voksende interesse for håndverksøl, kommer det kanskje en interesse for å lage øl selv. Vi startet selv med dette utgangspunktet og har siden 2013 brygget aktivt. Vår spede start var med helt enkelt utstyr som vi etterhvert oppgraderte til en BeerBrew 60. Det er en kjele av type “kompaktbrygger” som har alt bygget i en og samme kjele. Det finnes flere varianter Read more…

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HERMS – Build Log #2

Its been a long ride, getting this HERMS completed. Mostly due to the share number of small things that needs to be done. A good tip is, if you are building your own system, use a good amount of time in the planning phase. Small additions like an extra temperature sensor can mean alot of extra fittings etc.. Right, so lets get into it. We completed the setup of all 3 kettles. This included; Ball Read more…