A modern brewery controller
The BrewPi Spark 3 is a temperature controller that can control your beer or wine fermentation with 0.1°C precision. It sends data to a Raspberry Pi to show a control panel with graphs in your browser. And all our software is open source!
How BrewPi works
To control the temperature of your fermenting beer, you need a way to cool and heat it. This is usually done by hacking a fridge to install a heater inside and to give BrewPi control over the compressor.
Solid state relays (SSRs) are used to control 110V or 230V AC power to the heater and cooler with a small control signal from the BrewPi Spark.
The BrewPi Spark will read the temperature sensors in the beer and fridge and will turn the heater and cooler ON and OFF when needed.
All the temperature control algorithms runs locally on the Spark, so that it is fully autonomous to control your brew.
You can see how your beer is doing on the color display.
The Raspberry Pi communicates with the BrewPi Spark over USB and logs brewing data. It also runs the web interface so you can monitor and control your brew via your browser.
The Raspberry Pi connects to your home network and it is the central web server for BrewPi.
Computer, phone or tablet
From any other device on your network, you can access the web page served by the Raspberry Pi.
On your BrewPi webpage, you can start and stop a brew, change your temperature profile, view charts and change settings.
Build your brewery
We think a big part of what makes brewing fun, is designing and building your awesome brewery.
Finding the right building blocks can be hard, but we got you covered.
We put a lot of effort in finding high quality parts and if we cannot find them, we design them ourselves.
Our brewing setups are 'bring your own kettle'. You pick the kettles, we have the rest.
Combine as you like, it's your party.
Start small and expand later or go all out and automate everything right away. BrewPi will adapt to your needs.
What's next for our brewing software?
We're still adding new features to BrewPi. In fact, we're doing a completely redesign of our software to make it more flexible and user friendly.
All software updates will come for free, to new and existing users.
Mash temperature control
The PID algorithms in the BrewPi Spark can already be used for mashing, but the user interface is still heavily fermentation oriented.
We're working on a new interface that's easier to use on brew day, so you can directly set your HLT temperature, mash temperature, boil intensity and even control your pumps and valves.
When brewing, you'll have to either swap a lot of hoses or open and close a lot of valves. If you brew often, automating this process will save you a lot work.
We're building a new tool in which you can drag and drop parts to create a layout for your brewing setup, set up your brewing steps and apply them with one click. This will toggle your motorized valves, set temperatures and control pumps.
BrewPi currently controls just one beer in one fridge, because it wasn't designed with more in mind when it started. We are now rewriting our firmware, web server and user interface to control multiple processes.
When this is ready, there will be no limit on the number of sensors, outputs and PIDs. You can control multiple fermentations, kegs, mash, etc.
Latest blog posts:
(Dutch version below) To speed up development of our new brewing dashboard, we’re looking for a developer to expand our team. What you’ll be working on A new control center for brewing. Our brewing application consists of 3 layers: The hardware runs our firmware for temperature control (C++) The web server runs services for device discovery, data…Read More
When we released the BrewPi Spark in January 2015, we discontinued the Arduino version of BrewPi. We outgrew the Arduino platform and moved on to the much more powerful Particle Photon. I spent all my time working on new hardware and software and because a lack of time, I neglected our front page. It was…Read More
I’m happy to announce that our new store is finally open for business. You can now order the BrewPi Spark. But be sure to check out our new stainless steel mashing parts as well. We have: Heating element enclosures (suitable for Camco) HERMS coils (Whirlpool) inlets Dip tubes Innovative new mash filters Extra high flow…Read More
Hey Guys, We are still preparing for the launch of the BrewPi Spark, sorry to keep you waiting but I we still have some things to sort out make things run smoothly at launch. The enclosures are still in production: the company was closed for the holidays and I approved the last prototype yesterday.We are…Read More
We're a small company from the Netherlands developing innovative brewing hardware and software since 2012. Our goal is to help small brewers to build awesome breweries. We do that by developing open source brewery control software, temperature controllers and many other building blocks for small scale breweries.
We ship worldwide with FedEx. If you enter your postal code in the shopping cart on store.brewpi.com you get an instant quote for the shipping costs.
If you have a question or need advice, you can post on our community forum or create a support ticket with the form on the right.