Tales from the tank.

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Originally hailing from southwest Missouri, I currently call San Francisco my home. I write code, brew beer, and take pictures of things.

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Raspberry Pi Fermentation Controller - Part 3

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Part 1 and part 2 covered getting the Raspberry Pi booted up and configured with a basic software stack for developing on top of. With that out of the way, we can focus on wiring up the remaining hardware components. There will be two types of IO devices wired to the Pi - temperature sensors and SSR’s.

Raspberry Pi Fermentation Controller - Part 2

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In part 1 I walked through getting the Raspberry Pi initially up and running. Once you’re logged in, you can immediately start hooking up sensors and start polling them directly from the command line. However, you’re likely going to want some more software installed for additional tasks. For my fermentation controller, I’ve decided on the following software stack.

Raspberry Pi Fermentation Controller - Part 1

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The Raspberry Pi is a cheap single-board computer with generic IO features which make it ideal for brewery automation projects. The BrewPi project is just one example. I decided to assemble a similar project with the goal of being able to monitor, log, and control the fermentation temperature of two 5-6 gallon carboys of fermenting beer.

Monterey Getaway

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While recently assembling the brew log page, I realized that I haven’t written about anything other than brewing beer in quite a while. When I initially started writing I had four primary concepts in mind - a blend of food, beer, travel, and photography. Over time it seems some of these have fallen by the wayside in favor of my brewing posts. So, this post is a bit of catch up for the non-brewing category.