THANK YOU FOR BUYING MYBREWBOT
Taking control of your fermentation
Thank you for buying MyBrewbot.
Simple steps to get started
STEP 1: SETTING UP RESPONSE SMARTPLUGS
If you have bought MyBrewbot from The Malt Miller then these are your instructions.
Make sure that the MyBrewbot controller isn't plugged in. If it is it will interfere with the setup process
With all of the plugs removed from power take the plug that you want to designate as Hot for Fermenter 1 and insert it into a power socket. The red light will start flashing.
With the remote control set to channel 1 press and hold the 1st on button.
After a few seconds the light will stop flashing and the plug will switch on. Press the off button on the remote to confirm that the plug responds to the command.
Repeat for the second plug which will be designated as Cold for Fermenter 1. Plug it in, whilst the light is flashing press and hold the 2nd button. Press the off button on the remote to confirm that the plug responds to the command.
If you are setting up a second Fermenter then repeat for Hot by using button 3 on the remote.
Cold for the second Fermenter is programmed by selecting channel 2 and using button 1
STEP 1: SETTING UP DIAL SMARTPLUGS
Dial Plugs need no special set-up. They usually come pre-configured for MyBrewbot.
Have a look at the rear of the plugs. There will be two dials. The top dial is usually set to 1 on all of the plugs.
The lower dial will usually be set individually for each plug.
The lower dial which has been set to 1 will be your Hot 1 plug. 2 will be your Cold 1 plug. 3 will be your Hot 2 plug and 4 will be your cold 2 plug. If you are running with just three plugs and just want cold for your keezer then change the lower dial setting on plug 3 to 4 so that it responds to cold 2 commands.
Once you have completed step 3 then go to the Settings Tab on the application. Touch the left hand menu at the top of the screen and select the first option 'Select Smartplug Type'.
Go to the right hand menu at the top of the page and select 'Dial' click OK to confirm and your plugs are ready.
STEP 1: SETTING UP ZAP SMARTPLUGS
f you have bought the ZAP programmable smartplugs then the first thing to do is to clear the codes.
Take the first plug and insert it into the power socket whilst holding the programme button down. After a few seconds the red indicator light will flash showing theat the plug has successfully been de-programmed and the memory cleared. Repeat this process for your remaining plugs.
Once you have completed step 3 go to the settings tab, select the left menu and take the ZAP plugs option.
Once you have done that you can proceed to programme the plugs in accordance with the video below.
STEP 1 SETTING UP ARLEC/JAYCAR SMARTPLUGS
Following the manufacturers instructions clear the plugs codes
Go to the settings tab and select the left menu. Scroll down to 'Set Smartplug Type'. Select 'Arlec' from the right hand menu.
From the left menu select 'Smartplug Codeset' and select Arlec 2 from the right hand menu.
From the left menu select ;Program Smartplug'. Open the right menu and bge ready to select the function you want the plug to perform.
Put the plug into the electrical socket. It will go into programming mode. Press OK on the app for the function you want the plug to perform. The controller will then send a radio signal to the plug to program it. When programming is finished the LED indicator on the plug will stop blinking. Repeat for remaining plugs.
STEP 2: SETTING UP THE SMARTPHONE APPLICATION
Start the setup process with the controller plugged into USB power only. If you have a probe or multiple probes and the hub leave these disconnected.
Go to the Apple Store or Google Play and search for MyBrewbot. Download the application to your phone and open it up.
Make sure that your smartphone is connected to the SSID you want to connect the controller to. It can also be helpful if you turn off any 4g mobile data
You will be asked to provide an email address and a password. The email address is used to send data to you if you want to download your brewing statistics.
Once you have entered your email address and password you will be asked to select the SSID and enter the password for that SSID. Take care with entering the correct password.
You will then be asked which device you want to connect to. You should see MyBrewbot in the list of SSIDs you are presented with. Select that and press OK.
The screen will then show you progress and if all the steps have been carried out successfully then you will be told that you are done.
The previously blank screen will now start to populate itself with data and headings. Wait for things to settle down (usually a minute or so) and then you are good to go to the next step.
STEP 3: DOWNLOADING THE LATEST SOFTWARE RELEASE.
Go to the Settings tab.
On the lefthand menu 'Device Admin' select 'Download New'
The righthand menu should have changed to 'Download New Software' touch that and select 'Download New'.
After a few seconds you will see the screen informing you that the download has started. Wait for the screen to refresh itself once the download has completed.
Once you are happy that the screen has refreshed, perform a hard reset by removing power from the controller, waiting 10 seconds and then powering up again.
Once the app and data from the controller has loaded, go to the Settings tab. Select the Device Admin Tab and 'Set Smartplug Type' Go to the right hand menu, which should read 'Smartplug Type' and scroll down and select 'Rapid Response'.
Your Smartplugs will now start to respond to heating/cooling instructions
STEP 4. SETTING UP YOUR TILT(S)
Setting up your Tilt devices couldn't be easier.
When setting up it's good practise to try to remove as many other bluetooth devices (fitbits, bluetooth speakers etc) from wherever you are setting up.
Take your first Tilt and place it in a glass of water. After a few moments you will receive a notification on your phone that a Tilt has been discovered.
Depending on where you want to allocate the Tilt select the Fermenter or Keezer tab and scroll down to the Fermenter Settings section where you will see a menu bar directly underneath asking you to make a selection.
Scroll down and select Register (Colour) Tilt. That Tilt is now registered to that Fermenter and will provide temperature information to the MyBrewbot controller which it will use to switch the smartplugs on or off to the control the temperature. It will also collect the SG data and send this to the cloud.
If you have a second Tilt then repeat the process assigning it to the second Fermenter using the Keezer tab.
STEP 5: CALIBRATING YOUR TILT
Go to the Fermenter for which you want to calibrate the Tilt.
Scroll down to get to the selections menu and select 'Calibrate Tilt'.
Using the Temp and OG +/- buttons immediately above the selections menu enter the temperature of the water and 1000 as the OG.
Go back to the selections menu and select 'Finished Calibrating Tilt'
Repeat for your other Tilt
STEP 6: ADDING TEMPERATURE PROBES
If you have bought a 'backup' temperature probe/probes for your MyBrewbot then now is the time to register the probes.
If you have more than one probe to register, then insert the hub jackplug into the controller.
If you just have one probe then you'll be inserting it directly into the controller.
Insert the probe into the controller/hub. After a few seconds you will receive a notification that a probe has been found. Following the same procedure as you used for the Tilt registraion process, select the Fermenter you want to register the probe to and select 'Register Beer Probe'. That probe will now be registered to that Fermenter using the probes unique address.
A WORD OF CAUTION RE SSIDS
If you are setting up the MyBrewbot controller on another SSID with a view to moving it to a different one later (it's often easier to set it up in the comfort of the house before taking it out to your garage/brewshed) then be sure to go to the settings tab and select 'Reset Wifi' from the left Device Admin Menu and 'Reset from the right menu.
This will delete the wifi settings from the device and you will need to re-connect the controller to the new SSID when you move it.
If you forget this step all is not lost as I will explain in the video below.
TILT SIGNAL STRENGTH
Above the Tilt colour LED is the RSSI signal strength of the signal received from the Tilt.
The signal strength updates every 15 seconds and you should try to position the controller so that the signal strength is somewhere between -50 and -75. The lover the number you can get the better.
The controller will quite happily live in your fermentation fridge - although it is good practise to remove it after each brew session and store it somewhere cool and dry.
WIFI SIGNAL STRENGTH
As with the Tilt signal it is important to have a good wifi signal for the controller to use.
A weak wifi signal will mean that, on occasion, some screen elements and menu items will fail to load properly. The latest version of the controller software and new UI has a wifi strength LED on the settings tab. You should try to position your controller so that it receives a signal with a wifi signal strength of between -50 and -75.
Anything less that -75 (say -80) is likely to result in the controller failing to do 'Over the Air' software updates.