Over the last year we've been quietly building out the development section of the OSCSYS website. We've implemented our own Git server for version control and added project pages with Issue Tracking. We've put together a short guide that describes how to work with these new tools. If you are interested in contributing code we highly recommend reviewing this guide.
BrewTroller v2.6 is being released to resolve a number of critical issues related to Ethernet support using the I2C Ethernet Module and embedded Ethernet support in the OpenTroller DX1 and EX1 controllers. We strongly recommend applying these updates for all BrewTroller users. As always, please test these changes before using the updated firmware on your next brew day.Read More
We're off to Philly for the 2013 AHA National Homebrewers Conference! We're very proud to be a sponsor of this year's conference. If you are at NHC this year come find us in the vendor expo.
If you are placing an order we will not be available June 25 - 30. We will be fulfilling orders when we return the week of July 1st. If you are looking for support please use the email form on the Support section of the site. We will do our best to respond in a timely (and coherent) manner.
When we decided to sponsor our first AHA National Homebrewers Conference one of the first things we pondered was what could we give away. Sure we could buy a bunch of T-Shirts with a snappy slogan but it didn't quite hit the level of beer-geek we were shooting for. "Badge Bling" was more on the mark. We design hardware and write firmware so this is right in our wheelhouse. But "badge bling" wasn't enough. It needed to do something. What does an attendee of a serious beer conference need during the conference? When you wake up hungover with limited memory of the previous night the question arises: "How many beers did I drink last night?" We could solve that. ...Read More
It's often the small details that cost you the greatest amount of (usually unplanned) time. When building a control system a lot of time will be spent in wiring. When you are done with your effort you want to look at your work with pride. Unfortunately it's far too easy to end up with a rat's nest when building an advanced control system with many components.Read More
The next version of the BrewTroller firmware is being developed. We're making changes based on feedback from our customers in an effort to support greater diversity in system design while simplifying the process of updating firmware. As an Open Source project we believe our users are our co-developers. Please take a moment to tell us about other features you would like to see implemented:Read More
We finally found a source for bored through compression fittings for your temp probes. You could have a half or full coupler welded into your vessel and just thread one of these fittings in to install a temp probe. Or with some stainless washers and our silicone sealing washers you could do the same thing but weldless. We recommend buying a 1/4" ID silicone o-ring to use in place of the compression ferules, this will make it so you can remove the probe down the road for cleaning or anything else.Read More
The OpenTroller BX1 was designed first to be inexpensive. We reverted to the direct LCD connection used by BrewTroller 3.x and earlier boards to eliminate the need for a separate LCD controller board. At the same time we wanted to carry specific features forward like the dedicated 1-Wire master chip and the RS-485 bus. In the end we ran out of room for the Analog Ports used for volume measurement in BrewTroller even though pins were still available on the microprocessor.Read More