Goodbye Old Blog!!

Why have two blogs? Does anyone even know that I have two blogs?

This blog ( is the only blog from here on out.

I’ve deleted

Simple Stuff,


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)

Going Back to the Basics








So, sometimes ideas are not so great.  Sometimes ideas don’t pan out the way people think they might pan out. Or, maybe I just didn’t put the time and effort into the site I needed to.


I’m referring to the SmartBrewer store of course. I just don’t have time to sell stuff online and with 3 items sold in about 6 months it’s just not worth the time and energy.


So, I’m going to can the whole shopping cart and go back to my brewing database. I’m also going to change how people can upload recipes.  Simple is better and I think the ability to upload documents with a short description will be more useful than requiring a person to enter every last ingredient for each beer recipe.


I also don’t think people have the attention span to learn complicated things on the internet.


So, good by Store!!!