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by gaspacho
Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation
Replies: 21
Views: 314

Re: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation

sure, pm me. we can chat private. BUT i do not have much intetest in automation or process control appart from heat input and take off speed. that i do with a valve on my gass burner and a CCVM coil for take off. i just converted a keg to electric, a simple 200ZAR SCR with a dail regulates the powe...
by gaspacho
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation
Replies: 21
Views: 314

Re: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation

welcome, myself from RSA. you will find valuable info here. try to understand distilling first before you try to control the proces... heat input, vapour speed and take off is what you need. very simple, but why do want automation? it is a hobby...away from nagging... Thanks Satsumi. I helped my da...
by gaspacho
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation
Replies: 21
Views: 314

Re: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation

Automation is not for me..... I dont need or want robotics taking over my hobby. I enjoy running stills hands on. Distilation might be a science........but making good booze is an art. My dad says exactly the same thing and I totally respect that, but my engineering background has me always looking...
by gaspacho
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation
Replies: 21
Views: 314

Re: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation

This is a valuable forum, full of knowledgeable people. I'm still learning after a few years of distilling, especially if you distil a lot of different things like me. As it has been suggested to you, you do not chase the temperature as you do for a fermentation because the temperature automaticall...
by gaspacho
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation
Replies: 21
Views: 314

Re: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation

I definitely have lots to learn, but am really keen to explore. Seems like I've come to the right place!
by gaspacho
Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation
Replies: 21
Views: 314

Re: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation

Welcome Unfortunately I live a couple 1000 kms north of you. But if you find a stilling partner (plenty of South Africans here!) I'd appreciate if you post your findings here. Like SBB said, a PID isn't the best idea for driving a boiler but I see a lot of options for automation. In fact, Odin made...
by gaspacho
Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation
Replies: 21
Views: 314

Re: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation

I'm keen on robotics and automation and have some cool ideas Welcome to the forum Gaspacho, I would suggest that you try to learn to run and understand how the different still types work manually before you try to automate them. Also suggest you do a forum search for PID before committing to any of...
by gaspacho
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation
Replies: 21
Views: 314

Cape Town enthusiast looking to do some arduino automation

I'm from Cape Town, South Africa and recently visited my dad in the Eastern Cape to help him get his home still going and had a blast. I'm keen on robotics and automation and have some cool ideas, but I don't drink so it will be a bit excessive to buy or build my own still. I was hoping that I could...