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    Cellar Control Panels

    Just wondering what people are using for their Fermenter control panels, Pro's/Con's. I know there are the individual fermenter controls(Johnson) but we are looking into panels that manage multiple tanks. I've researched several companies that sell these-Craft Brew Control, ABS Commercial, Cedarstone Industry, Brewmation, Interface Innovations. But can't really find any reviews out there for their products and I only know one brewery in the area using Interface Innovations but they are a little expensive for our start up.

    I'm more looking for something that is plug and play and I can hook up and get rolling.

    Any insight is appreciated!

    Thanks!

    Mark
    Two Weeks Notice Brewing

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    We built our own using the BCS-462 from embedded controls concept and 12v ball valves. Each control unit can control up to 8 tanks. The controller is connected to our LAN and gives us access to the controller from anywhere with a internet connection. The user interface is done with a webpage and is easily programed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roc-craven View Post
    We built our own using the BCS-462 from embedded controls concept and 12v ball valves. Each control unit can control up to 8 tanks. The controller is connected to our LAN and gives us access to the controller from anywhere with a internet connection. The user interface is done with a webpage and is easily programed.

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    Thanks! I'll check that out!

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    We also use a panel with two BCS-462s. It works really well. I build our original panels but when we added more tanks, I worked with Ryan at Electric Brewing Supply (ebrewsupply.com). The panel he made was light years ahead of what I could do and he even programmed it. I highly recommend him! We used 24v solenoid valves and have had no issues. Stay away from 110v or the game changes with respect to electrical code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbell71464 View Post
    We also use a panel with two BCS-462s. It works really well. I build our original panels but when we added more tanks, I worked with Ryan at Electric Brewing Supply (ebrewsupply.com). The panel he made was light years ahead of what I could do and he even programmed it. I highly recommend him! We used 24v solenoid valves and have had no issues. Stay away from 110v or the game changes with respect to electrical code.

    Awesome! thank you for the great info!

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    Check out http://www.craftbrewcontrol.com/
    Dwight has great customer service BTW.
    One CON though, on the tank mounted units one clip is not enough to secure them to the pipe and I had to add another. Fortunately they are less than a Buck at the local electrical supply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAvery View Post
    Just wondering what people are using for their Fermenter control panels, Pro's/Con's. I know there are the individual fermenter controls(Johnson) but we are looking into panels that manage multiple tanks. I've researched several companies that sell these-Craft Brew Control, ABS Commercial, Cedarstone Industry, Brewmation, Interface Innovations. But can't really find any reviews out there for their products and I only know one brewery in the area using Interface Innovations but they are a little expensive for our start up.

    I'm more looking for something that is plug and play and I can hook up and get rolling.

    Any insight is appreciated!

    Thanks!

    Mark
    Two Weeks Notice Brewing

    Hi Mark,
    i am the owner of ControlTec, the company who runs the craftbrewcontrol.com site. We have many cellar products and it really comes down to the features you want and your budget. And, i guess from some responses to this thread, if you want to become a system programmer or brew beer. I don't knock anyone for doing their own thing but sometimes it is best to do what you're good at and let others do what they are good at. i don't brew good beer but i make some of the best cellar controls on the market. Our stuff starts at $130 and goes from there in features and sophistication. i'd be happy to help you.
    We have products and cellar systems all over New England. i'd be happy to give you some references. thanks.
    Dwight Kelly
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    info@craftbrewcontrol.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by ControlTec View Post
    Hi Mark,
    i am the owner of ControlTec, the company who runs the craftbrewcontrol.com site. We have many cellar products and it really comes down to the features you want and your budget. And, i guess from some responses to this thread, if you want to become a system programmer or brew beer. I don't knock anyone for doing their own thing but sometimes it is best to do what you're good at and let others do what they are good at. i don't brew good beer but i make some of the best cellar controls on the market. Our stuff starts at $130 and goes from there in features and sophistication. i'd be happy to help you.
    We have products and cellar systems all over New England. i'd be happy to give you some references. thanks.
    Dwight Kelly

    Thanks Dwight! Your website was one of the first ones I started researching. Would love to get on a call with you to discuss our needs further.

    Thanks again!

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by ControlTec View Post
    Hi Mark,
    i am the owner of ControlTec, the company who runs the craftbrewcontrol.com site. We have many cellar products and it really comes down to the features you want and your budget. And, i guess from some responses to this thread, if you want to become a system programmer or brew beer. I don't knock anyone for doing their own thing but sometimes it is best to do what you're good at and let others do what they are good at. i don't brew good beer but i make some of the best cellar controls on the market. Our stuff starts at $130 and goes from there in features and sophistication. i'd be happy to help you.
    We have products and cellar systems all over New England. i'd be happy to give you some references. thanks.
    Dwight Kelly
    I don't want to be a system programmer! I want plug-n-play. I sent in a request for some info on the tank mounted versions. If there is remote web access, I'm even more interested in these.

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