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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.

 

How to adjust the set point temperature: 

  • Press the Up arrow button. This will cause the red light to flash. You can only change the settings when the red button is flashing. 
  • 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

How to switching between automatic & manual mode:

  • Hold down the A/M button
  • An upside down A button will appear in the SV field.
  • Press the set button to keep it in manual mode
  • To adjust the % of power follow the same steps as changing the set point temperature value.
  • Press the Arrow Up button- a red button will flash letting you know you can now change the % of power.
  • 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 settings

 

Heat & Pump Buttons

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

 

How to run an auto-tune

  • Fill your kettle with the same amount of water you use for a typical brew day. If you are brewing 5.5 gallon batches fill it between 7.5-8 gallon of water. 
  • Turn the heating element and pump switches on.
  • Change the set value to 150
  • Once the kettle is heated up to 140 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 you enter the oP menu you will see it is set to PID
  • Press the UP button which will show the next option which is At. 
  • Press the set button to select the 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.

 

How to factory reset the 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 you enter the oP menu you will see it is set to PID
  • Press the UP button twice which will show the option r
  • Press the set button to select the r( PID reset)
  • Continue to press the set button to exit the submenu

 

How to change from 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

 

How to set the alarm on the Clawhammer digital controller

  • Hold the set button for 3 seconds to enter the settings menu
  • Press the set button a few times until you get to the ALP submenu
  • Select the ALP menu by pressing the A/M button
  • The first thing you will see is an option called node. Change node to 1 (that turns on the audible alarm)
  • Press set one to continue to HI AL
  • Once in the HI AL change the temperature to your mash temperature. If you are going to mash at 150 set value to 150. (pro tip- the alarm alerts once it reaches 150.1. If you want the alarm to alert you at 150 set the HI AL to 149.9)
  • Press set once you have the 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.

 

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