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Title: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: randyrob on May 03, 2009, 10:00 am
Hello Everybody,

I have been working long and hard on my first micro controller project an "Automated Brewery Controller" based on the Arduino Platform and i am now pleased to say it is up and running!

Here is a youtube link of it in action here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGfhMaUhQYM

and some pictures here

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/habs/mashtuninsulated.jpg)

the Mashtun with Stirrer motor ontop

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/habs/mashingsshot.jpg)

A screenshot of the mashing stage of the brewing process

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/habs/insidemt.jpg)

Inside The Mashtun

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/habs/proteinboil.jpg)

Boil Kettle

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/porterbrewday/controlpanel_side.jpg)

Side of the control Panel

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/stories/4ssrs.jpg)

4 x Solid State Relays to drive the Motor, Pumps & Heating Element

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/stories/habsv2ssr.jpg)

Very Early Prototype Circuit Board

I Have released the source code and it is available on my website along with some other info related to the project here http://www.halfluck.com


Thanks for looking Rob.
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: ArnieW on May 27, 2009, 10:24 am
Hi Rob,

I love your work. Thanks for sharing it.

Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: randyrob on May 29, 2009, 03:25 am
Hey Arnie

Thanks Mate! It's sure is a fun hobby to have  :D

I've been making progress in leaps and bounds lately also had some help from a mate with a PC program to remotely monitor and control HABS

Here's a Screenshot

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/habs/sescreenshot.jpg)

It basically Emulates a 4x20 LCD Screen, 4 x Buttons and a Speaker Beep.

I've also found this program really comes in handy for testing new code and could come in handy for anyone with a Arduino Project so have uploaded a test sketch and program here

http://www.halfluck.com/source-code

I'll be logging in remotely from work this arvo and configuring and running a brew thru HABS  ;D

Rob.
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: ArnieW on Jul 07, 2009, 02:18 pm
Sorry Rob, I've been too busy on the BrewTroller forum to check this one. Well done on the streamed brew day. How are you going with the BT? Are you intending to pension your other system off and go that way like I did with the picaxe?
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: randyrob on Jul 08, 2009, 01:52 am
Hey Arnie,

No Plans at this stage, I did another couple of automated brews on the weekend and they were absolutely flawless. My current system does everything i want and have dreamed of  :)

We have just got data logging and live graphing going over the weekend so next brewday should be good fun.

I am very impressed with the development of Brewtroller (http://www.brewtroller.com) It just goes to show what can happen when a bunch of like minded people work together and i believe the project will really go places and i'm itching to see when some of you guys get your rigs in full auto mode!

Rob.

Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: randyrob on Jul 08, 2009, 01:56 am
A couple of updated shots, eventually i'll get some ss brackets made up for the pumps and get everything hard wired and tidied up but it works good for now!

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/habs/newsplashscreen.jpg)

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/habs/newmenu.jpg)

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/habs/habsnewsetup.jpg)

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/habs/Graph.JPG)
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: randyrob on Aug 12, 2009, 02:02 am
Hey Guys,

Here's an updated photo of my Arduino Automated Brewery

(http://www.halfluck.com/images/HABS.jpg)

Rob.
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: thoed on Aug 12, 2009, 02:51 am
I take it drinks are on you?:D

Looking good! So interesting what people will come up with for their Arduino projects!

Keep it up, great job!
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: randyrob on Jul 27, 2010, 08:28 am
Hey Guys,

Just a follow up to this, I've brewed nearly 1000L (that's over 100 Cartons) Of Beer on HABS using my the arduino Hardware/Software and it hasn't missed a beat or had any glitches of any kind, that in itself is amazing!

Fantastic work team Arduino

My soruce code and a manual for the project is still available here ==> http://www.halfluck.com/automation/habs

Cheers Rob.
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: shodan on Aug 02, 2010, 08:11 am
Hi,

can you tell us more about the pumps ?
there are other project that could benefit for good pumps

and are you driving the pump and stirrer motor with the relay or have you implemented variable speed controller ?

thanks
-shodan
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: randyrob on Aug 02, 2010, 08:26 am
Hey Shodan.

They are perastaltic pumps, they are brilliant because they are self priming and have a controlled flow rate as well as the added advantage of being pinched or closed when not in use (so acts as a on / off valve so to speak)

The ones i have are just off the shelf items but you could even make one youself with some silicon tube and a servo motor!

I have 4 x SSR's on HABS (Heating Element, Sitrrer Motor and 2 x for Pumps) as well as 2 x DS1820 Temperature Sensors and a Float Switch.

Rob.
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: CR on Aug 27, 2010, 01:22 am
Nice rig~!! I like your brewery.
I'm in the design and construction phase of a  three vessel brewery.
Started out as a two but I think I want to sparge after vourlauf.  Call me silly, but  there's fermentables in that thar' grain bed.

 I'm in the design phase of a little brewery.  A search for PWM controller  for a couple of Peltiers got me to Arduino.






Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: SAMPEI80 on Aug 27, 2010, 07:41 pm
Hello,very nice project.Sorry but I have some error when upload the sketchs,how I should upload it???have a sequence mode??
Thanks.
If I want erase the pump function??I have a automation different and I haven't pump, I want programs a arduino only mashhing,can you help me??Bye
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: randyrob on Aug 30, 2010, 02:58 am
Hey Sampei80,

Is it possible for you post either a screenshot of the error or to post a reply with the acutal error message.

Yes it would be dead easy to disble the pumps, either don't put a SSR on those pins or just comment out the code when the pumps are enabled.

Rob.
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: brewpup on Dec 01, 2010, 10:20 pm
Really nice job there! I'm a fellow brewer from Sweden and I am setting up a temp control for fermentation 1ssr and mash/boil 3 ssr:s. Then I found this and this shortened my development time considerably. Thanks!

Is the source for the "screen emulator" public since I would like to change the path of the output templog file. I don't feel comfortable with granting the program write access to my root (C:\). Right now i'm running it in a virtual machine.
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: randyrob on Dec 01, 2010, 11:40 pm
Hello brewhenk,

Good to hear from you! sounds like you have a fantastic project in the making i can't wait to see/hear more about it  :)

Thanks for the compliments i also appreciate that.

Previously I haven't made the source code available for Screen Emulator but i can understand where you are coming from and don't want to slow your project down so here it is ==> http://www.halfluck.com/source/ScreenEmulator.zip

Please let us know if you do anything cool with it  ;D

Cheers Rob.
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: amcduino on Dec 02, 2010, 02:47 am
I read about someone dumping the picaxe. VERY wise decision. Lets repeat this a thousandfold. Arduino rocks, picaxe sucks.

Dr.Andrew
Title: Re: HABS (Halfluck Automated Brewing System)
Post by: brewpup on Dec 02, 2010, 08:29 pm
Thanks randyrob, for the scource and inspiration  :).

I'm currently in the prototype phase of my build and have loads to do at work but I hope to have something up and running next summer, june or so.  Will let you know when.

Thanks again.