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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby gandalf the brew » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:56 am

Brew number 4 just completed, condensation has not reoccurred since the mod. :beerbang:
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby mashy » Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:39 am

Good news. Good news indeed.
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby Omphteliba » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:46 am

I have a little bit of misting on the lower part of the display, but only in winter. Did anyone try to detach the controller with a long cable?
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby Omphteliba » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:46 am

I have a little bit of misting on the lower part of the display, but only in winter. Did anyone try to detach the controller with a long cable?
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby Omphteliba » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:47 am

I have a little bit of misting on the lower part of the display, but only in winter. Did anyone try to detach the controller with a long cable?
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby Omphteliba » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:48 am

I have a little bit of misting on the lower part of the display, but only in winter. Did anyone try to detach the controller with a long cable?
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby mashy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:31 am

I know it has been done on the original 20.

Are the plugs the same?
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby BarnBrian » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:12 am

Moving the controller away from the BM with a longer cable may stop the condensation appearing but the moisture will still be present inside the unit.
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby Doingatun » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:58 pm

gandalf the brew wrote:Brew number 4 just completed, condensation has not reoccurred since the mod. :beerbang:

Last brew controller screen misted really badly 75%, inspired with your success, I opened up the controller (again), no evidence of moisture droplets I've seen previously.
Put a 50g bag of colour indicating silica gel beads (golden orange dry, turning dark green wet) in sealed controller, after nearly 4 weeks the silica gel has not changed colour as expected, they go green in a few hours in my telescope after a obsevation night.

See what happens next brew day? :roll:
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby Growler » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:13 am

midnight brew wrote:I've got condensation in my screen and thought all was okay up until now. Now the backlight of the screen doesnt light up making it very hard to read. Anyone else had this issue?


Just completed my brew day and exactly the same thing has happened to my controller, condensation started to show up as usual and not long after the backlight went out. Can,t read anything on the screen without shinning a torch on it.

Any ideas how to fix the backlight?

Thank you in advance for any advice

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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby mashy » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:26 am

The workaround seems to be silica crystals. If you have a fault with the back light, I think you should contact Spiedel.
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby zoigl » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:36 am

The pumps on my really old original BM 50 suddenly refused to operate. After some discussion with Ralph and the local importer, I was encouraged to upgrade my control box.
I have found that condensation built up from brew 1
I returned my control box to the importer who fitted a valve of some sort.
I am still suffering from condensation build up.
I am thinking that I should get my old controller repaired, has any one been able to do this?
I am really disappointed at the upgrade.
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby mashy » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:18 am

I am struggling to understand that they are STILL having this problem. If NASA can get stuff to work in space I don't get why Speidel can't made something that work near hot water...and to be fair they cracked it the first time. :lol:

ALVA controllers are very similar, I have decided that if mine goes pop I will convert. Tom seems like a nice chap (and cares about his kit). Have a look on some of the other forums - they seem sound and the price is better too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgzw1Vcea4Q
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby IPA » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:37 am

zoigl wrote:The pumps on my really old original BM 50 suddenly refused to operate. After some discussion with Ralph and the local importer, I was encouraged to upgrade my control box.
I have found that condensation built up from brew 1
I returned my control box to the importer who fitted a valve of some sort.
I am still suffering from condensation build up.
I am thinking that I should get my old controller repaired, has any one been able to do this?
I am really disappointed at the upgrade.


Are you sure that the old controller was faulty? I had a similar problem but it was the pumps that needed replacing. This was a common problem with the original pumps.
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Re: Controller Screen Condensation

Unread postby grooves » Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:22 am

Now I have the problem too...

I had no problems when I used to brew in the kitchen, but since moving house I've been brewing in the brewery(shed)

I've seen a bit of condensation for the last few brews, but it hasn't been a problem, until now.

On Saturday, I got ready for a brew. Filled the water, and went to input the recipe, and none of the buttons were working. I emptied the water, tipped over the BM, tried to tighten the plugs etc, and then when I turned it back over and switched in on, the menus went crazy, like all the buttons were being pressed at 100mph. As there was already some condensation on the screen, and with this thread in mind, I thought it had to be the moisture shorting out the circuits. When I opened the controller I poured out about a teaspoon of water, there was still more inside that I mopped up with a paper. However, the buttons were still not working, I had to leave it overnight with some ski boot driers on it (they are basically huge bags of silica gel) The next day it seemed to be fine, but it meant I had to squeeze in the brew late on a Sunday night...

Now I know why everyone is so upset.
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