Originally Posted by chrispykid
1) I've reviewed the RIMS for dummies thread and seen a lot of people using many different elements, but am trying to figure out what will specifically fit in the Tri-Clover tube, it looks like it might be smaller than some of the other tubes out there. Hoping someone that owns that specific tube can chime in with their element choice and experience with it.
2) Looks like 2 SSRs per element is the conservative approach to ensure a true off, will try to plan accordingly although I'm gettting a headache just thinking about the wiring
2b) Looks like I'll heatsink element SSRs and leave the pump SSR's to air cool on their own.
2c) As I price out parts and the total bill spirals steadily north I'm leaning more and more towards the chugger pump, glad to hear people say it's quiet too.
3) I've seen so many wiring diagrams on the site that my eyes are starting to glaze over, it's just one of those scenarios where everyone does things just a bit differently in terms of what switches and indicator lights they're using. I'll keep looking I'm hoping against hope that someone can point me to one for the BCS-460 with a hardwired control panel option. Please reward my faith HBT!
I have reviewed Coderage's electrical primer and am doing my best to educate myself. Regardless I won't pluy anything in without an electrician looking at it first. I love beer and brewing, but I'm not willing to die for it or burn myself and the 31 other tenants in my apartment building out of their homes for it.
An electric boil might be in the future as well but I have a hard to quantify affection for gas flame boils. I figure with the BCS-460 I'll have plenty of options about how I want to upgrade over the years.
1.) I have a 120-1500-ld low density element in the Tri-Clover RIM's tube you are looking at. I bought a 120-1500-eld, but it would not fit. Here's the link:http://www.plumbingsupply.com/elements.html
2.) You only need an SSR on the HOT line, for a 120v element you only need one.
2b) You need a heat sink on every SSR.
2c) I have March Pumps, they are not the quietest... can't say about others, but you might look at Little Giants.
3.) I have a BCS-460 system... My avatar is the control box. You can get some ideas in the following thread:http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/electric-question-153310/