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davebl 06-12-2012 01:28 AM

RIMS Heat Exchanger Tube
 
One sold, two remain

The backstory: approx 4 years ago I began to built my Brew-Magic clone, and succeeded. After about a year of brewing, it was time to tear her down for some cleaning and maintenance and that's what I found the short comings of using threaded pipe fittings. There was a TON of built up sludge and gunk on the heating element, very gross. I began to find a easily cleanable solution and that's what led me here.

What I constructed was a completely Tri-Clamp system that uses a tee an an eccentric reducer to house the heating element. The eccentric reducer naturally forced the air pocket out of the heat exchanger. 3 years later, this setup is still rocking and rolling and most important, is clean! The heating element I use is a short, high density Camco element. You have to make a slight bend to it, and it fits perfectly.

To get the parts, I had to meet a minimum order of $250.00. At the time, my plan was to perfect the HEX tube and then resell them. After speaking to my attorney brother in law, I'm frankly too scared of the liability of mixing electricity and water, so I dug these out of the closet and decided its time to liquidate.

I have three of these total. They come with the tube, the 1" TC fitting to hold the heating element, and then your choice on the bottom and exit fittings. You can get either 1/2" male or 1/2" female fittings on each side. I'll toss in some extra o-rings as I divvy up the inventory.

Here are some pictures of the HEX tube:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7077/7...4e142cff_b.jpg
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5450/7...4d125803_b.jpg
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5445/7...fcbe0bbc_b.jpg

And here's the tube installed in my rig, so you can see how I plumbed it:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7088/7...a0b74d0a_b.jpg

I pump in from the bottom and have my PID temp probe on the exit of the tube. I find no differences from the PID and my mash temp once everything gets warmed up and circulating. I also pump 100% of the mash duration.

No leaks, seconds to disassemble and clean.

I'm asking $100.00 per setup, shipped Priority Mail. PM with any questions!

Thundercougarfalconbird 06-12-2012 02:02 AM

Wish I was still using RIMS. That is shiney and a great price

oldbucket 06-12-2012 02:08 AM

I think I am interested. Does it come with the element? Where does the elbow end go to and can that fitting be changed out? Where is the temp sensor placed? Would it be compatible with a bcs sensor?
Thanks

davebl 06-12-2012 02:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by oldbucket (Post 4163481)
I think I am interested. Does it come with the element? Where does the elbow end go to and can that fitting be changed out? Where is the temp sensor placed? Would it be compatible with a bcs sensor?
Thanks

No element is included.

The elbow (as I have it setup) goes at the end. It's a tri-clamp setup so any fitting can be changed out, twisted and rotated.

I put the temp sensor in a 1/2" screwed tee on the output side of the HEX tube.

Not familiar the BCS system, but this a device that holds water around a heating element, therefore I would imagine it's compatible with any RIMS controller.

Tom_FL 06-12-2012 04:09 AM

I am interested in this. I will PM you.

davebl 06-12-2012 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tom_FL (Post 4163823)
I am interested in this. I will PM you.

PM's replied, thanks!

davebl 06-13-2012 01:32 AM

TTT. Two tubes still available

Elfmaze 06-13-2012 11:55 AM

I'm in need of a RIMS tube, I'm not a flow guy but does having the input to the tub midpoint cause and stagnation of the flow in the left side near the element? how do you mount your temperature probe? is there a well, or do you use a fitting outside the output?

Are the triclamp to 1/2" fittings included for the input and output sides?

davebl 06-13-2012 10:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elfmaze
I'm in need of a RIMS tube, I'm not a flow guy but does having the input to the tub midpoint cause and stagnation of the flow in the left side near the element? how do you mount your temperature probe? is there a well, or do you use a fitting outside the output?

Are the triclamp to 1/2" fittings included for the input and output sides?

I have no issues with stagnant flow. I mount my temp probe in a threaded tee fitting directly screwed onto the exit fitting. The RIMS tube itself has no ports.

The TC fittings are included, your choice of male or female 1/2" threaded connections.

cosmatics 06-14-2012 02:59 AM

I'm HERMS here, but just a beautiful piece of work, WELL DONE.


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