The TSS2 Love Controller (From old Blog)

Just consolidating an old blog entry from from 1/6/11:

Today I “discovered” how to use my two TSS2 dual control Temperature Controllers. I use the term “discovered” because the instructions are Engineering garble and lack any sort of intuitive approach.

I plan to use these for controlling an electric element or a gas solenoid valve for heating and controlling the temp on my sparge and mash.

So here it is in plain English:

The device can handle TWO temperature probes and control TWO devices (i.e. turn them on and off). The probes are “sd1″ and “sd2″ and the devices are “out1″ and “out2″. Pretty Simple.

Here’s the proper connection of a SINGLE temperature probe (the two solid black cable to the right are for power, the two wires on the left are for the temp. probe.).

PLEASE NOTE: The unit will almost immediately start beeping because it does not see the second probe. You will see “errP” and “ooo” on the screen. The Device is trying to say “Device is Missing 2nd Probe so I will beep like a fire alarm forever”.

Note: You can temporarily turn the beeping off by simultaneously pressing “set” and the “down” arrow. This only stops the sound, not the irritating blinking

Ok, so how to turn the blinking and the annoying beeping off for good:

Step 1: Hold the “set” button continously for 8 seconds
Step 2: Use the up arrow until you see “P5″
Step 3: The default it 2, change this to 1
Step 4: Wait 60 seconds for the device to exit program mode

You should now have a controller that is not beeping and seeing probe one. If you want to use two temp. probes the “P5″ obviously needs to be set to “2″

Here’s my working controllers (brrr, cold garage)

1″ NPS Locknut Fused with 2″ Ferrule – Custom Part

Hello All,

I’ll have a more elaborate blog later this week with some closeups on the RIMS tube (aka TTHL: tube that heats liquid).

:o )

Today I added a custom part to Smart Brewer for users who want to build their own custom heating tubes. This is a hard to find part (as in non existent on the web).

This little doo-dad lets you add an end piece to your RIMS tube.  The NPS threading is specific to standard US water heater elements.

Note: “NPS” threadings should not be confused with “NPT” threadings that are common to 1/2″ brewing thermometers and the threading on the standard March 809 pump.

-Andy

 

Here’s the link to buy one:

http://www.smartbrewer.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=44&product_id=67

 

And here some pictures (click images to enlarge):

 

 

New Prices on Valves

Hello Home Brewers,

I’ve located a supplier for 1/2″ 316 Stainless Steel Valves.  Both threaded and threadless.

I think these prices are hard to beat!!!

1/2″ 2-Way 3-Piece Threaded Ball Valve 316 SS

Good Buy on Sanitary Pump

Thought I’d share, these are easily $2,000 new:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Stainless-Steel-Sanitary-1HP-220V-60Hz-Centrifugal-Pump-/250500294899?pt=BI_Pumps&hash=item3a52fb28f3

Latest Update on Smart Brewer System

It’s a Wednesday so I didn’t have much time but I did manage to measure and tack weld the cross beams today (the beams circled in red).

I also noticed that the structure is not completely symmetrical.  The top frame is 60 inches by 20 inches on top but when I add the cross beams I created THREE rectangles that measure 18 inches x 17 inches.

Can’t really turn back now but the next system will have a frame 60 inches x 23 inches so the squares in the center will all measure 18×18.

(Note: The beams are 1.5″ Stainless Steel. This thing is probably strong enough to park a car on)

-Andy

SmartBrewer has Valves!!

I found a local distributor that sells stainless sanitary valves !!

This is great because A).  I had to order these from Australia last time I bought these and B).  Brewers will like the price

Check out the first valve in our catalog:

http://www.smartbrewer.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=39

-Andy

Welding Pump Mounts For Brew System

Yesterday (Sunday, 2/6/11) I welded some pump mounts for my “Smart Brewer” Beer System.  This process took about 3 hours to do because of all the cuts, the measuring and seams that needed to be welded.  The bead on the weld could look better but the end product is exactly what I was looking for (a minimal design that’s all stainless and easy to clean around).

The “Brutus 10” has a vertical pump mount that doesn’t really make much sense for my design because I’m looking to push water in a vertical direction directly between my tanks (The Brutus uses hoses instead of stainless pipe and is not directly in-between the three tanks).

Anyway, please ask questions in the comments section if my pictures and description are not clear. I also plan to drill holes in the beam to hide the wires that power each pump.

It’s Starting to come together!!!

Measuring the pieces to be sure they’ll fit perfectly with the pump:

Tack Welding the pieces onto the main beam:

Here’s the two mounts welded before drilling the holes for the pumps:

Here’s the final setup with the pumps mounted:

1/2 Ferrule with 1/2 Inch NPT Thread

Today I welded some 1 inch ferrules to a 1/2 inch NPT threaded Female Barb.  These will provide a seamless integration using the March 809 pump (which is considered the standard for home breweries). I built this part because I can’t find it anywhere and I figured a custom clover fitting would be much more sanitary then what’s out there.

Note: this part is available here on Smart Brewer: http://www.smartbrewer.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=38&product_id=60

Anyway, here’s the parts pre cut:

And Here’s the part after they’re cut:

Welding Setting:

Welding Shield and electrode:

First Weld:

Finished Setup(s):

USPS Auto Calculated Shipping!!

Wow, the tools on the internet are incredible.  Not only can SmartBrewer auto generate shipping costs but it will give various options to anyone buying online.

Now anyone ordering an item will get accurate shipping amounts instantly!!

Way Cool!!

The TSS2 Love Controller

Note: You can purchase the controller described in this article here.

Today I “discovered” how to use my two TSS2 dual control Temperature Controllers. I use the term “discovered” because the instructions are Engineering garble and lack any sort of intuitive approach.

I plan to use these for controlling an electric element or a gas solenoid valve for heating and controlling the temp on my sparge and mash.

So here it is in plain English:

The device can handle TWO temperature probes and control TWO devices (i.e. turn them on and off). The probes are “sd1″ and “sd2″ and the devices are “out1″ and “out2″. Pretty Simple.

Here’s the proper connection of a SINGLE temperature probe (the two solid black cable to the right are for power, the two wires on the left are for the temp. probe.).

PLEASE NOTE: The unit will almost immediately start beeping because it does not see the second probe. You will see “errP” and “ooo” on the screen. The Device is trying to say “Device is Missing 2nd Probe so I will beep like a fire alarm forever”.

Note: You can temporarily turn the beeping off by simultaneously pressing “set” and the “down” arrow. This only stops the sound, not the irritating blinking

Ok, so how to turn the blinking and the annoying beeping off for good:

Step 1: Hold the “set” button continously for 8 seconds
Step 2: Use the up arrow until you see “P5″
Step 3: The default it 2, change this to 1
Step 4: Wait 60 seconds for the device to exit program mode

You should now have a controller that is not beeping and seeing probe one. If you want to use two temp. probes the “P5″ obviously needs to be set to “2″

Here’s my working controllers (brrr, cold garage)