Introducing Pi BrewNinja

A handful of folks have asked for more information about the interface we are using between our Raspberry Pi Model B and our Brewtus 31. I have decided to release the design of Pi BrewNinja v1.0 to the public. The PCB was designed using Altium Designer and connects to a standard Raspberry Pi Model B using a ribbon cable. All designs provided as-is, use at your own risk. 2014-11-13_1349 Specifications

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We plan to make some improvements to this design to make it less expensive and more useful for other applications (fermentation controller, hydroponics controller, more ubiquitous control interface– not just for the Raspberry Pi…). If you have questions about the design or how to use it in your own setup please feel free to send them to us. We will do our best to help out. The Keystone spring sockets are used for the solid state relays so the relays can be easily removed and replaced if needed. Since the relays are the most expensive part in the assembly some people may not want to install all 5 of them. It just depends on how you plan to use the interface board. I would highly recommend wiring in appropriately sized fuses for the 24VAC control outputs and 120VAC outputs. The fast blow fuses for each of the solid state relays are sized to prevent catastrophic failures, not to protect your valves, pumps, etc.

Errata: The MOVs shown on the schematic are undersized, they should be considered “NO PLACE” when assembling the PCB. They have been removed from the bill of materials. I didn’t find that they were necessary anyway.

New Pictures of the Pi BrewNinja Brutus System

I just put up a handful of new images of our Brutus 10 system and control housing.  We are still in the prototyping phase so it isn’t as polished as we hope it to be some day. Regardless of looks it is capable of making magnificent beer (at least we like to think so).  If you have questions about the wizardry you encounter on this site please contact us.  If you think what we are doing is interesting or exciting you should be sure to let us know.  We will repay you with oodles of interesting and exciting tidbits from our tiny corner of the world of home brewing.

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Site Up and Running!

Well, this is the start of our blog and webpage!  It currently isn’t much, but we do plan on putting more here (obviously).  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about anything.