I do 5 gallon all grain batches using a 16 gallon Bayou BK, a 10 gallon water cooler mash tun, and a burner. Eventually I'd like to upgrade my equipment to electric with either a RIMS or HERMS setup, and make some sort of automated system. I've been researching a lot on controllers, but all the information out there is still somewhat fuzzy to me in terms of what they can or cannot do.
- Can BrewPi (or something similar) control the electric kettle(s)?
- When creating your own DIY BrewPi, why do you need a RaspberryPi and Arduino -- shouldn't the Arduino be able to act as a web server?
- Can I hook up a Netduino and have it do all the monitoring/controlling along with acting as web server? (I know C#/.NET)
- Is using a BCS overkill?
- What about other kinds, such as Brewtroller?
I'm thinking of starting small and using the controller to measure/control my fermentation temperature in order to understand things better. Then I want to upgrade my system to electric and have the controller regulate temperatures in the mash. Finally I would want it to control pumps/flow control. Can the BCS do this? Can Arduino/RPi?
Essentially, I'm looking for a controller FAQ and what it can do.
I setup a Raspberry Pi 3 running BrewPi connected to an Arduino that powers my mini fridge for controlling fermentation temperatures. So far so good: brewed a lager and two ales successfully, which is critical here in Southern California. The next step is a similar hardware setup for controlling mash and boil temperatures once I eventually build an electric system.