When NI systems engineer Ben Black wants his favorite beer, he doesn’t run to the convenience store. He sets up his homebrewing equipment, adds ingredients like bourbon and oak chips, and creates his own porter in his backyard. But when Ben and his wife found out they were having a baby, he knew he wouldn’t have time to babysit his brewing system anymore. Instead of giving up on his hobby, he put LabVIEW and some recycled NI hardware to work to automate his system.
NI Single-Board RIO and a variety of C Series modules provided a flexible platform to monitor and control the temperature and heating elements, while LabVIEW tied the hardware together and powered the system. By adding LabVIEW Web services, Ben could even monitor his brew’s temperature from the couch.
The automated homebrewing system went public at NIWeek 2012 as one of the most popular demos on the expo floor. Watch the video below to see Ben explain how it all works.