I spent about 2 years using CraftBeerPi 3.0 as the software running my Raspberry Pi brewery controller. During this time I have written a handful of plugins to enhance or extend the functionality of the software.
I’ve been using a Raspberry Pi to control my brewery for awhile. I was growing tired of trying to arrange components and solder wires on prototyping boards every time I wanted to make a system change. Messy and not that fun. PCB design on the other hand could be perfected on a computer, and ordered/printed for cheap. They are also easy to share with others.
Doug Edey, the creator of Strangebrew Elsinore has been busy overhauling his popular opensource brewery control software. This update, his largest yet, is a complete redesign of the control interface using Bootstrap 4.
The main considerations in building a safe electric brewery panel are that relays can fail, overcurrent protection should be utilized when appropriate, and that brewing usually occurs in damp environments.
When most homebrewers consider building an electric brewery they initially think of the thousands of control panels which have now been inspired by Kal’s The Electric Brewery. Kal’s detailed walkthrough on the process of building an electric brewery hugely increased the accessibility of this type of brewery design, which was previously only approached by those with backgrounds in electrical engineering.