Tower of Power Control Module
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The new TOWER of POWER temperature control system is like nothing on the market! This gas fired RIMS system is high quality, and ultra high accuracy! Simple to use, and easy to integrate into your system one module at a time or as a completely free-standing control powerhouse!
We have developed this MODULAR control system in much the same way as our modular TopTier brewing stand: adaptable and the ultimate in quality.
Purchase a single control unit for your mash tun, or one for your hot liquor tank, or both! Already have a pump and all the plumbing for your system? No problem – all you’ll need are the control units – the pump tower is purchased separately should you need the pump and plumbing in a compact and convenient free-standing configuration. And it even bolts to our TopTier stand with the optional mounting kit!
PRECISION & ACCURACY
Ultra precision and accuracy – the TOWER of POWER will hold your mash to 0.5F (0.25C)! That’s up to 4X the competition! Why do we make this distinction between accuracy and precision? Precision is the ability to read to a small increment, and to do so repeatedly. Accuracy is whether that precise reading is actually correct! For example, a mercury thermometer is usually quite accurate, but the number of decimals you can ready are not very precise. Similarly, an inexpensive thermistor on a Ranco control will be adequately precise and repeatable, but they are not known for their accuracy. Similarly, using a thermocouple on an accurate PLC or PID isn’t going to give you accuracy, just precision. For accuracy AND precision you need a high quality sensor, and also a high quality meter that can read it. Having just a quality sensor isn’t enough! We use a Class A precision RTD and a high quality metering circuit found in PID’s and PLC’s, but not temp switches like Ranco/Love switches use. The refrigeration thermistors and even industrial thermocouples our competitors use will only get you to within a couple degrees at best. So while our competitor’s product will may claim to control to within 0.5F (0.25C), they’re really talking about what number reads on the meter, not the actual temperature. Only the TOWER of POWER will deliver the accuracy to actually achieve that! So much so that you can use it to calibrate your other instruments!
AUTO RAMPING AND MINIMAL POWER NEEDED!
Since the TOWER of POWER controls your burner, only a couple amps of 120V power is needed to run the pump and the control electronics. Typical electric RIMS systems need 220V and 20-30 A! Other systems require manual ramping, and use a small electric heater to maintain temps. With the TOWER of POWER system, ramp times are fast, automatic, and control is outstanding! Easily maintain +/- 0.5F (0.25C) stability! Optional TOP-Link software and cable allows you to easily program an unlimited number of mash profiles and even monitor/data-log on your PC!
Control Enclosure – each control enclosure includes the following:
- Ultra high precision and accuracy PID controller and Class A precision RTD temp sensor. Sensor can be installed in any 1/2″ hole in your pot for a HLT or into any 1/2″ NPT fitting with the included adapter bushing.
- A pilotless electronic ignition control system that adapts to ANY burner (gas or propane) not just ours! This ignitor will instantly relight your burner if blown out by a wind, and will shut down your gas if a flame is not detected within 10 sec and will sound an alarm. Includes industrial ignition electrode and high quality silicone/carbon fiber ignition wire.
- US made gas solenoid valve (installs on your burner gas supply)
- Data port for optional remote monitoring and mash profile programming (unlimited profiles) on your PC (optional com cable required)
- Convenient cable storage tray in the back of the enclosure to neatly store wires between uses.
- Includes a decal for MASH and one for HLT so you can label appropriately.
- Compact enclosure is 4.25″W, 7″H, 7″D – easy to integrate into your brew system
- Brushed stainless cover and gloss black powder coated case will look beautiful for years
See also PUMP TOWER
Click the link below to download the current TOWER of POWER manual. The free communication software can be downloaded on the Software tab. We encourage you to thoroughly read this manual prior to purchase to ensure that your system will function as expected when coupled with the TOWER of POWER control system.
This Communication software is free to download for use with the TOWER of POWER control system. Use for any other purpose or product is strictly prohibited! If you are not comfortable with using computers and/or do not like experimenting or tinkering with your system this is probably not a feature you should explore. In any case, we highly recommend that you master operating the product in manual mode first before attempting to operate in auto ramp/soak mode.
This software will allow you to access the advanced features of the product such as the automatic mash profile ramping. This software is for Windows XP, Vista and 7 only. Mac version not available.
Important: This is an advanced feature and phone/tech support is not provided through Blichmann Engineering. If you do have questions or trouble please contact your retailer for assistance. We highly recommend that you review the online video (below) PRIOR to purchasing the optional cable to connect your PC to the TOWER of POWER controller. This cable is NOT a simple USB cable! It converts the instruments RS485 protocol to USB via an imbedded chip in the cable.
Click link below to download the software:
Will the TOWER of POWER scorch my wort?
If your system meets the necessary flow capability listed in the manual, and you can maintain a low setting on your burner, you will not experience any scorching. We have tested the product extensively on very light colored worts and even in “worst case” testing no discoloration was detected.
Why don’t you put the sensor directly into the mash?
The TOWER of POWER controls the temperature of the wort returning to the top of the mash bed. Placing the sensor in the mash will cause severe instability, and performance will be highly dependent on your batch size, flow rates, and burner power.