The first BrewPi shields are ready for testing. I will try to update the code for the new shields this week and in the meantime I am also looking for the best place to buy the parts. Unfortunately I can already tell you that connectors are expensive, especially when you want high quality ones. Suggestions are welcome.
I cannot comment on the price of the kit until I have found the right suppliers. I still hope to start selling these in January.
For those interested on how I do the SMD assembly: check out this gallery on imgur.
Finally, I have started an IRC channel for BrewPi on Freenode. I am always logged in, so if you want to chat with me directly, this is the easiest way. Please come and chat about beer and electronics!
Here are the boards in 3 stages: Just SMD assembled, all components assembled and ready for testing: LCD connected, temperature sensors connected and all breakout boards connected.
The LCD breakout board connects to the main board with a 10 pin IDC cable. The rotary encoder breakout board connects to the LCD board.
On the LCD board is a small potmeter to adjust the brightness and a beeper for alarms.
If anyone knows where to buy a nice affordable knob to go with this rotary encoder, please let me know.
I have used this knob so far, but it is really expensive.
All through hole components placed, except for the rotary encoder
Underside of an assembled board. The stacking headers I used here have really thin leads, which bend to easily. I am looking for higher quality ones and ordered some samples from Samtec.
You can also order the board with only the SMT components assembled.