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Old 05-04-2011, 05:24 PM   #1
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I've been all electric for awhile now. That is of course, if you count the electric stove as part of the "build."

I've been using a 120V e-RIMS for the better part of my brewing history. I finally decided to bite the bullet and upgrade to a completely stand alone 240V brew rig.

It may be overkill for 5 gallon batches. But I do not care. I love DIY and this is right up my alley.

I'm not drawing out a wiring diagram or anything. But Kal's build has inspired a whole lot of this build. Albeit, removing items that I do not wish to have in my build.

Here's the build sheet I've been using to track money and parts I need to order. It isn't everything that I've used, I had quite a few of the parts already that are not on this sheet. And other miscellaneous items such as wire are not on this either.

Here's a link to my google spreadsheet for the build. It has the added heatsink that I forgot to put on the build list.
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Here is the front panel I have ordered (not yet recieved) from Front Panel Express:


The mockup of the panel on the front of the NEMA enclosure:


I will be using a 3 way toggle switch to select either the HLT or boil kettle just as Kal does. The only difference being, I'll have 4 NO contact blocks on the switch so it switches the RTD sensor as well.

Mockup of the power inlets. This is not going to have an expensive etched panel such as the front, I plan on using a Ptouch labeler to print out some highly durable labels.:


And two shots of the holes mounted for the 4 XLR connects for the RIMS, HLT, Boil, and Chiller probes. They're all deburred and everything:


And one last picture, of the back plate for the interior of the control panel:

A little blurry but you get the idea. Mounted everything with 8-32 machine screws that I drilled/tapped the backplate.

I'll have more pictures as more parts arrive over the next few weeks.

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Old 05-04-2011, 05:34 PM   #2
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:32 PM   #3
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USPS just dropped off my heatsink
This thing is heavy... at least 8-10lbs


Ignore the messy desk.

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Old 05-05-2011, 12:33 AM   #4
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Is there anyway you could post the actual build sheet excel file? I'm trying to read some of it, and it's a bit small to read.

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A couple more pics.
Location of heatsink:


I was drilling/tapping the holes to 10-32... and well, I broke off two of the drill bits into the aluminum (this is some thick stuff for my wimpy drill):


This is a problem, because I plan on anodizing this bare aluminum some sort of color so that it stays all shiny. Only aluminum can be in the acid bath for anodizing.

So to take care of that, I mixed up a solution of alum (the stuff that makes pickles crispy) and hot water. In a few days time, the ferrous drill bit should be all corroded away. Or maybe at least brittle enough i can redrill the holes with a 1/4" tap:

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Looks like it going to be a quality build. What's the "plate chiller" cutout on the panel for - how are you controlling that?

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Looks like it going to be a quality build. What's the "plate chiller" cutout on the panel for - how are you controlling that?
It's not a control, just an RTD panel meter.
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Do you mind saying what you paid for the engraved panel from Front Panel Express?

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