Still alive(despite my best efforts)
odd thing you folks have started this,
about 3 weeks ago I dug it out of the crate I placed it in when the shop got moved (a long time ago) and set it on bike repair bench.
I sat down there with a beer and had a "where are we now" moment.
well....I just sort of flamed-out on the machine a while back
Times and opinions change, I no longer feel the need for a highly programmable machine. I put a tremendous effort into servo needle valves for temperature mix and control board for pressure profiling.
As someone that deals with machine automation on a daily basis, I am quite tired of automatic systems that I am always tweaking and fidgeting with to run. to that end....here is what I have been thinking about.
a paddle control on the group head that manually controls the pressure(simple analog input to to the pump controller.
forget about the temperature control...at least for now (valves were a PITA anyways)
Keep the campy racing crank for the steam valve, prolly another crank for the water control...maybe a downtube shifter.
need to come up with a cup tray
glass sides (hate to hide nice tube work
no promises, but, a cracked brew boiler on my E61 is kinda making this machine more of a priority.
good detective work on the Flying Rhino connection! it kinda threw me for a loop tonight.