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July 25, 2018

How to Use Clawhammer Supply's Electric Brewing and Distilling Controller




Model: CHS-120:

  • Perfect for use on brew kettles or stills up to 10.5 gallons
  • Built in GFCI plug
  • Long 8 foot power cord
  • Waterproof PT100 temperature probe
  • Easy to read digital screen
  • Easily switch between set-point and % of power mode
  • Pump on/off switch (turns the pump on and off)
  • Element on/off switch (turns the element on/off)
  • Alarm functionality

This is a basic overview of the CHS-120 Controller. If you are looking for the full manual you can download it here.

You can purchase this controller here.

 

Adjust Set Point Temperature

  • Press the Up arrow button. This will cause the red light to flash indicating the numbers can be changed.
  • Use the arrow left button to move the cursor to the number you want to change.
  • Use the arrow up or down button to change the value
  • Press the set button to apply the new temperature

Manual Mode

  • Hold down the A/M button
  • An upside down A button will appear in the SV field.
  • Press the set button to apply the settings
  • To adjust the % of power follow the same steps as changing the set point temperature value.
  • Press the Up arrow button. This will cause the red light to flash indicating the numbers can be changed.
  • Use the arrow left button to move the cursor to the number that needs changed.
  • Use the arrow up or down button to change the value
  • Press the set button to apply the new settings

 

Heat & Pump Buttons

  • Heat button: Will turn on/off the heating element
  • Pump Button: Will turn on/off the pump

 

Auto-Tune Process

  • Auto-Tune Process:Fill the kettle with the same amount of water used in a typical brew day. A typical 5.5 gallon batch will be filled with 7.5-8 gallon of water. 
  • Turn the heating element and pump switches on.
  • Change the set value to 150
  • Once the kettle is at 140 it is time to start the auto-tune process
  • Hold the set button for 3 seconds to enter the settings menu
  • Press the set button once to change the sub menu to the oP option
  • Press the A/M button to select the oP option
  • Once inside the oP menu it will display PID
  • Press the UP button which will display the next option which is At. 
  • Press the set button to select At (auto-tune option)
  • Continue to press the set button to exit the submenu.
  • The screen will now flash At -- the auto-tune process will take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour or so. The process is finished when the At no longer flashes on the screen of the controller.

 

Factory Reset Pid Settings

  • Hold the set button for 3 seconds to enter the settings menu
  • Press the set button once to change the sub menu to the oP option
  • Press the A/M button to select the oP option
  • Once entered into the oP menu it will display PID
  • Press the UP button twice which will display r
  • Press the set button to select the r( PID reset)
  • Continue to press the set button to exit the submenu

 

Fahrenheit to Celsius

  • Hold the set button for 3 seconds to enter the settings menu
  • Press the set button and scroll though until you see unit
  • Press the A/M to select the unit menu
  • Press the up button to change from F to C
  • Press set to select C
  • Press the set button again to exit the settings menu

 

Alarm Settings

  • Hold the set button for 3 seconds to enter the settings menu
  • Press the set button a few times until the ALP submenu is displayed
  • Select the ALP menu by pressing the A/M button
  • The first option displayed is node. Change node to 1 (that turns on the audible alarm) 
  • Press set one to continue to HI AL
  • HI AL: If mashing at 150 set the value to 149.9. (Pro tip- if the HI AL is set to 150 it won't alarm until it reaches 150.1)
  • Press set to confirm alarm value set
  • Press and hold set to exit the settings menu
  • One the alarm sounds you can just hit the set button to stop the alarm.

Temperature Offset

  • Insert the temperature probe into the thermowell
  • Bring the kettle up to a boil with water.
  • Adjust the offset to display the temperature of boiling water at current elevation. The boiling point of water is 212 degrees Fahrenheit at sea level. (elevation chart below.)
  • Hold the set button for 3 seconds for main menu
  • Select the first option 1P
  • Press the A/M button to select the 1P option
  • SC 0.0 will display on the screen (zero offset)
  • The controller can adjust the offset in either direction-- negative or positive.
  • Change the SC to -20 that will adjust the offset 20 deg (if it was reading 130 it will now read 110)
  • Change the SC to +20 that will adjust the offset 20 deg (if it was reading 130 it will now read 150)
  • Once the offset has been changed press and hold the set button to save and exit
  • The correct boiling point will now be displayed on the PV screen.
Altitude Boiling point of water
(ft) (oF)
-250 212.5
0 (sea level) 212
500 211
1000 210.1
1500 209.1
2000 208.1
2500 207.2
3000 206.2
3500 205.3
4000 204.3
4500 203.4
5000 202.4
5500 201.5
6000 200.6
6500 199.6
7000 198.7
 

 

  • So does the controller turn off and on the element when you set it at a temperature?

    Posted by Richy on August 23, 2018

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