Condensing my Boil Process Down

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Condensing my Boil Process Down

Post by kdog_x » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:35 am

The way I currently have my BCS set up I have 2 processes dedicated to sparge / boil, I would like to condense it down to one if possible, but I'm not sure what the best way to go about it is. The issue I'm running into is with the 4 timers. The way I have it set up when the first timer counts down it's time to add the first hopping and the alarm goes off. Then the 2nd timer starts counting, 3rd, 4th. Some of my IPA's have 7 hoppings so I have it set up to kick over to the next process when the 4th timer expires. Is there any way to accomplish this without kicking it over to the next process?

The other thing is for brews with only 2 or 3 hoppings, I set the values for the first 5 hoppings to zero and then click the "next state" hard wired button however many times I need to get to a count down. If there was any way to make it just automatically skip those hoppings with a time of 0 that would be great as well, I know I can make it automatically jump to the next step, but the process is written so the alarm goes off since the notification is necessary when there is actually a hopping.

If that doesn't make sense, I can post the config file :)

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Re: Condensing my Boil Process Down

Post by JonW » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:38 am

You can re-use timers at each state, so each hop time can reset as the states progress. I personally use one process just for additions. I have a boil process that once it reaches boil, then the boil process kicks off the hop addition process. I feel it is cleaner and easier to manage with separate processes as your boil process really doesn't change except for maybe changing the time from something like a 60 or 90 minute boil. The hop schedule though probably changes with every beer.

Take a look at the demo BCS units for an example (demo #3).

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Re: Condensing my Boil Process Down

Post by kdog_x » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:17 pm

Where do I find the demo BCS units? Are you referring to the configuration examples in the users guide? If so, it appears to list 3 examples but only the first one shows up.

Is there any way to reuse the timers when using recipe builder? If I call the timers HopAdditon1 HopAddition2 HopAddition3 HopAddition4, I can really only set 4 times from the recipe builder before it would just overwrite the first value

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Re: Condensing my Boil Process Down

Post by JonW » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:07 pm

http://demo.embeddedcc.com
There are BCS-482, BCS-460 & BCS-462 models available online for testing configs.

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