Has anyone ever successfully set up a good working electric HERMS or RIMS system?
I was thinking of setting up a PID system using one element at a time but with Electric elements instead of gas.
However I was thinking of using a gas burner and electric burner to get the water to temp then once it got close switching over to only electric.
I read somewhere where someone set up an element and thermometer in both the HLT and Brew Tank, then when one was about finished they would unplug the element and thermometer from the HLT and plug in the Brew Kettle...
There are many documented builds of fully electric HERMS and RIMS systems, as well as gas/electric hybrid systems, on here. Also, I recommend you start your research at http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/.
I have examined all of http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/. The problem is that it is a 240 system...and I may be stuck with a 120 system for a while. I need help with 120. I have a very detailed price list/order list made I just need help with parts for a 120 system.
Thanks wise, that's what I was thinking. I know it is going to take longer that is why I was thinking about using propane to "speed it up" so when it gets a close temp, I would switch to electric to maintain it.
so you are really just looking to maintain a consistent mash temp rather heat with electric for other reasons. If that is the case I would look into a RIMS system thats gas fired. The elements that fit in the tubes are usually all 120v and I have heard that people can heat up to mash temps by recirculating