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Old 02-21-2011, 04:26 PM   #1
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Default Budget RIMS tube..

4500w element - free takeoff of neighbors water heater on curb
1" half coupling - $2 KLG Stainless
1" long ferrule - $2 KLG Stainless
1.5" short ferrule - $2 KLG Stainless
tube - free - is section of old handrail
cord is old jumper cords with rusted clamps that someone left at house..

Welding took about 20 minutes, I worked the 1" NPT coupling and heater element for about 20 minutes with lapping compound to get them to screw together enough for water heater element to seal.

Takes 10 gal water 62-170 in 35 minutes on 220.. should do about 1deg/min mash raise on 110.. it does about a 5-degree temp rise with March 809 pump and very little restriction and no head pressure.. reducing flow with output valve got easy 20 degree rise, but obviously lower flow...


It is pictured on my Boil Kettle now, Going to make adapters to hang on side of my 10 gallon igloo mash tun.. probably go to 3/8" or 1/2" stainless ball valve to limit max flow, keep some pressure on water near element, and keep from sucking mash into sticking

I just used a large electric soldering gun to solder ends, hammered flat, re-soldered, filed and drilled connectors.. Handed 23 amps just fine.. Need to insulate... make a little more OSHA approved ;-)


When finished, will hook up to 2 SSR's and use PID of my new BCS-462


test setup


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soldered, hammered, filed and drilled connectors.. Handed 23 amps just fine.. Need to insulate...

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Old 02-21-2011, 04:32 PM   #2
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The old handrail is stainless?

Holy crap that is the biggest valve I've ever seen on a homebrew rig.


Nice setup though.

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Old 02-21-2011, 05:29 PM   #3
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It was a shower handrail, left over after a shower remodeling.. it def is stainless..

Top valve is 1" tri-clover ball valve, bottom is 1.5" tri-clover butterfly valve (ebay, $25 each I think..)..

thanks!

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Old 02-21-2011, 06:36 PM   #4
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Nice setup.

With all that bright shiny SS, clean up those kegs!

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