Arduino Weather Station Update

Its been a while since i have posted anything to do with electronicals and as i have been tinkering with the its been taking forever weather station i thought i would post an update.

The major change has been to the power system. I found these rather cool Wemos 18650 boards that take care of charge, voltage boost etc etc for a couple of bucks. The specs are perfect for all sorts of projects and will match up perfectly with the 6V solar panel i have to go with this and will charge at a max of 0.5amps. The cheep lipos have a combine capacity of 3.5amp hours, and the project atm draws about 0.1 amp hours, so good for say 30 hours without sun, which in Brisbane should be more than enough, if not I will buy some real lipos and use them instead, but, once i start dropping the micro into standby, that current draw will drop dramatically.

I have the code all working for the modules installed, humidity, temp, pressure, rain, I still have Lux and UV sensors to install. The code will poll the sensors every 15mins, save the data to SD card and push a copy of the data to my home server where I am still working on a web interface and graphing to display the data. High and Low data for the day is saved at midnight and pushed to the home server also.

And not to be outdone, I have even done some woodwork and 1/2 built a house for this which will then get installed in the garden. Also I have coming from china a rain gauge and depth module for measuring how much rainfall there has been, the rain sensor i have in the above image just detects rain, not how much or how intense it is.

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Raspberry Wine Update

So today i racked the raspberry wine off the lees and added some sweetness back into the wine. 25 grams of stevia was added, and after tasting i felt it still needed some sweetness, but the wife thought that it was just right. We agreed to leave it bulk age for a month or so then taste again and see what we think before bottling.

The pictures do not do justice to how clear and how pretty it looks. I added a back light to this shot and you can sort of get an idea of how it will look in a glass. Its a nice reddish pink with plenty of raspberry flavour. Will bottle it in a month and drink it at Christmas. I think it will go down a treat cold over ice on a hot summers day. Very refreshing. Looking forward to this one.

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Its a Boy

I was reading that while making this recipe that most people do not add an airlock till about the 3rd or 4th day. Just cover the opening with a cloth to keep the bugs out. Well i found out why this is a good idea this morning, its jizzing out the top 🙂 Lesson learned.

 

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What’s In The Demijohns

So in the demijohns we currently have from left to right, apple cider that is fermenting like a champion, raspberry wine that needs to be racked again to a clean demi and finally, today’s effort, what will end up being a grape cider. Its 5L of comercial grape juice that I intend to make very fizzy and kind of sweet.

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Today In The Garden

I was out in the garden just now and saw this little fellow on one of the mulberry trees. Had to run back inside to grab the camera to take a decent photo of it.

As far as the mulberries go, they are just about done for the season. There are a few left, but not many.

On the other hand, the blueberries are still going strong and this one plant has the biggest berries you have ever seen. These things are marbled sized and very sweet.

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