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Kahu



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PostLink    Posted: Thu May 23, 2013 8:39 pm    Post subject: Auto starting? Reply with quote


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Has anyone built an automatic clock timer into starting their brewery? I was thinking if the HLT and MT are prefilled the night before and set to recirculate then they can start heating at a certain time (before I'm awake) and I can just get up and mash-in...
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Kevin59



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Location: Fort Collins, CO

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PostLink    Posted: Fri May 24, 2013 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've thought about doing this to allow me to brew in the evening after work - just mash in when I get home. Some things to consider:

1) Add relays for both pumps to allow them to be switched on by the timer.
2) Add relay in series with HLT power relay to be switched on by the timer.
3) Pre-fill HLT and MLT, and pre-prime both pumps.
4) Preset switches for pumps and HLT element select.

I'm sure there's more to consider, but at first glance I'm thinking I'd add 3 more control relays that are turned on by the timer. And perhaps another switch to force those relays on for normal non-timed operation.

EDIT: Rather than 3 relays this 3PDT relay would do the trick for the pumps and HLT element relay. And for HLT just drive its power relay coil from this 3PDT relay.
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Kahu



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PostLink    Posted: Fri May 24, 2013 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was kinda thinking maybe one of the intermatic switches http://www.intermatic.com/Products/TimeSwitches/ElectronicSwitches.aspx. This would power the whole panel. Of course, you couldn't use the interlock safe start option. I figure preset everything and have the timer kick on an hour or two before the desired mash-in time.
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kal
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Location: Ottawa, Canada

Drinking: New Zealand IPA, Electric Pale Ale, Stone's Enjoy By IPA, American Lager, Kolsch, Weizen, Irish Stout, Janet's Brown

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PostLink    Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't see why it wouldn't work. You'd probably need something in their ET8000 line like this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TC4A08/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002TC4A08&linkCode=as2&tag=curtpalmecrtp-20

2-pole (for both HOT lines), 30A, and 240V support.

The idea of doing something like this and bypassing the safe start interlock is kinda scary (IMHO). I'd never do it myself for fear of leaving it on by mistake and having the panel auto-start heating without me realizing. It would also happen if I made a timer programming mistake or if something glitched in the ET8000 timer. It only takes me 45 minutes to heat up 20 gallons of strike water from 70F to 155F so the time savings isn't massive. That 45 mins can be used to do prep work.

Kal

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