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Old 02-28-2011, 03:41 AM   #101
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Thanks. Gonna order a few.

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Old 03-18-2011, 01:27 AM   #102
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Just wanted to say thanks for this thread, and R.I.M.S. 4 dummies. Got my controller up and running. Thanks for the inspiration!





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Old 03-22-2011, 04:04 AM   #103
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Your control box def inspired my box. I don't have pics, but I did use love controllers. Mine controls HLT and MLT. Very simple.

Question: Did you ever use the rubber kegs?

I just drilled the top off for my HLT, element hole, thermowell hole, and valve hole, but then realized while I was trying to install my element that the 1/4" rubber puts a big damper on the short element thread and also, how did (would) you ground?

I was thinking of grinding down a hole through the rubber deep enough against the SS to stick a ground wire terminal between the rubber and metal. OR I was going to chip and chisel away enough of the rubber around the hole to press the metal electrical/element box against the metal side of the keg. I would prefer to do the later, considering I built a nice small element receptacle before acquiring a rubber keg.

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Old 03-22-2011, 02:45 PM   #104
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Yes, I did use rubber kegs in the SIMPLE build. I used a hole saw to cut away just the rubber around my holes so I was left with a clean stainless surface for mounting sensors and elements to.

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Old 03-23-2011, 04:34 PM   #105
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I built a small electrical box around the element for easy grounding. On a normal keg, it would attach right to the side. After thinking about it for a couple days, i took a dremel and reinforced cutting wheel and cut a 4" x 4" square out of the rubber around the hole I drilled for the element exposing the metal. Thus being able to easily ground the steel.

Does the silicone o ring go on the inside of the tank or the outside?

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Old 04-04-2011, 10:01 PM   #106
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I love the thread, really informational!

I notice that you are only using a single RTD for the system. Have you had any issues with keeping the mash at the proper temp when you recirculate it?

From what I've been reading, it seems that you'd want to use two RTD elements to make sure your temps are as accurate as can be. One RTD inside the HLT/BK for measuring the temp of strike water and another on the output of the HERMS coil to make sure your mash stays at the right temp during recirculation.

Is a second RTD really necessary, if so, how would change the wiring to switch between the two RTD elements while brewing.

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Old 06-14-2011, 11:23 AM   #107
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You can't switch between 2 sensors because the switch will alter the current in the wire for an accurate reading. However you could get 2 probes from auber with the twist lock configuration and just switch the the to the sensor you wish to get a reading from and have a switch on the box from bk to rims or herms to tell it which element to control

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Old 10-17-2011, 06:41 PM   #108
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Have there been any new developments on this build. I was waiting to see how it turned out

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Old 12-10-2011, 06:39 PM   #109
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It would appear I can no longer edit entries???

Anyway, I am finally going to wrap up my brewery and thought I would update the thread.
Here is the MLT (left) and BK (right)


They are each 24 qt. stainless from Bayou Classics. All connections are silver soldered.

Here is a shot of the inside of the MLT, it has a Jaybird Falsie supported by a thermoplastic tubing ring, a snap lock return hose, and a thermowell for receiving my PID's RTD probe.


Here is a closer shot of the probe; it sits just above the false bottom.


The boil kettle includes a tangential return, bottom drain, heating element, and thermowell. Here is a shot of the heating element.


The outside f the kettle has a metal receptical box silver soldered in place over the element nut.



The tangential return is just a swagelok and a stainless elbow:


Anyway, All that is left now is to build my stand for it and finish the pump box. I have all the parts now, so I just need to find some time. I really want to brew with a friend just after the holidays, so I am pushing to finish soon!

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Old 12-10-2011, 08:08 PM   #110
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Great to hear from an inspiration!!!

For those unaware jkarp is the mastermind of 120VAC for e-brewing.

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The PID uses an RTD that I will be able to move around. Each vessel will have a thermowell in
the sightglass base. Each sight glass will be assembled like this:





with one of these

threaded into the connection instead of the plug.

I will also have a thermowell for monitoring liquid temp through the heat exchangers:
Brewers Hardware, LLC. :: Warning


The thermowells as well as a ton of other stuff are all coming from HBT member Derrin ala


So I will be able to check temps wherever I want. Or at least that is the idea. I will also have
two analog thermos sticking through the lids down into the mash/boil.
Can you please provide more detail on the sight glass and fittings?
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