Smart Brewer Hop Database Restored

I’ve added the “Hop Database” to “Brewing Tools” on Smart Brewer.  This is a great resource when looking for hop varieties similar to what a recipe might call for.

From what I’ve seen this is the most exhaustive and accurate hop database I can find on the web!!!



Added “Recipes” back to the site

Under “Brewing Tools” I’ve started to add the parts of the old website to the new. This includes “Recipes”, “Yeasts”,  “Fermentables”, etc.

The purpose of SmartBrewer going back about a year ago was to provide a collaborative online tool for the avid home brewer to share recipes and tricks they learn along the way. I built a relational database that could store a users “ingredients” list and then cross reference the ingredient list with the recipes on smart brewer.  This took me a VERY LONG TIME but I was never able to get interest in the software.  I guess most people just want to print a recipe and go? I also realized that it’s much better to charge people for something then to offer it for free.  This give the user an incentive to actually use the tool they purchased (even if it was for $10).

I also discovered that people just want information without the “sharing” part.  This is fine, and I plan to make the site as easy to use as possible.  Everything on the old site will be under “Brewing Tools”.

I hope the format is easier to read and find info. I’m sort of puzzled at how I can get 500 unique visitors a a month with the average user visiting for 3-4 minutes with no feedback.

Guess I have to ask?


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)

New Smart Brewer Frame!!