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Ferment control diagram

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03 Jul 2019
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A picture is worth a thousand words, so the saying goes. So following on from my previous article of the ferment control system at Madocke Brewing, I have created a diagram describing the system graphically

Apologies for the image size for people on tablets and phones.

Fermentation control system overview

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23 Jun 2019
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I have finally found time to write an article providing an overview of the fermantation control system I recently installed at Madocke Beer Brewing Company.

This system provides Jimmy with a fully automated control system and a full logging system as well. Perhaps the most important feature is an SMS alert system which lets him know when ferment temps are out of range

User manual

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13 Jun 2019
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I have just updated the user manual and uploaded it to the website for you to look at.

Lots of information in there, but also still additions required (digital hydrometers, etc).

This will be the month of documentation.  :-|

Plus some other features like an exportable pdf ferment log report including graphs, table of readings, etc.

Madocke Brewing ferment control systems

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03 Jun 2019
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Saturday saw the final few tweaks to install to ferment control system, take control of the 3 active ferments, and everything was up and running properly.

This combination of the local control software, automatic gravity readings, and Brewers Chronicle provides Jimmy with fully automated fermentations and full logs of all target and actual temperatures, and gravity readings.

Timezone integration

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17 Mar 2019
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Dates and times are recorded into the site in the "E. Australia Standard Time" timezone.

With the latest release, Brewers Chronicle now allows you to set your local time zone. All dates and times on the website will be converted to your local timezone.

 

How to get a wireless signal to your iSpindel?

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07 Feb 2019
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A wireless hydrometer inside a fermentor full of liquid inside a metal box is a fairly challening environment to get a decent wireless signal out of. Have a read of my experience with the NetGear AC750 Wifi range extender

Localisation of dates and times

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05 Feb 2019
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Currently the website is hard-coded to display times in the Australian Eastern Standard timezone. I am waiting for some upgrades to a framework that I use to enable very simple integration of different timezones. I am hoping to have this feature released by the end of this month

Plans

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08 Jan 2019
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I have finally settled on the features matrix for subscriptions, and pricing for the Personal-Paid subscription.

If you want access to the professional subscription, please use the Contact form

More dashboard features

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23 Sep 2018
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The initial release of the dashboard displayed the active ferment graphs for temperature and gravity readings.

The next release has two new sections:

  • the 20 latest ferment readings across all active ferments,
  • upcoming boil sessions.

The readings section includes the reading type, and reading value.

The upcoming boil sessions sections includes name, date, and style. If you have attached a beer.xml file to the boil session, it will also list the ingredients required. You can then make sure you have the required ingredients.

Tilt hydrometer integration

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19 Sep 2018
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With the initial release of the dashboard completed, it's now time for something fun: integrating the Tilt hydrometer into BC. Tilt measures gravity and temperature readings and will automatically transmit them to the relevant ferment log, thus relieving you of the tedium of collecting these readings.

It's early days, but I have my Tilt collecting readings and feeding them into the ferment log. Over the next couple of weeks I will be working on allowing users to easily allocate their coloured Tilt to an active ferment log to collect readings.

Once I have completed integrating the Tilt device, I will then move on to integrating iSpindel devices. They work on the same principle as Tilts, but are a fair bit cheaper.

 
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