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Default RIMS Tube and Element, 5 Year Inspection

I wanted to add one of Peter's stainless steel element enclosures to my RIMS tube so I disassembled it after 5 years of continuous use.

It has had probably 60 batches through the tube, and have never had it apart.
Aside from some corrosion on the element threads, I was surprised how clean the tube and the rest of element were.

I clean in place by circulating PBW solution through the pump and RIMS after finished brewing.

This is a 4500 watt 240 volt element running on 120 volts with a PID controlling temperatures.

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Impressive.

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The base of my stainless steel RIMS tube element rusted when I left water in it for a few days. What brand is your heating element?

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The base of my stainless steel RIMS tube element rusted when I left water in it for a few days. What brand is your heating element?
To be honest, I don't know. I think I got it at Lowe's but it could have been made by anyone.

My RIMS is all copper fittings.
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Any chance you could post pictures and description of your entire system? Because it seems that it may be the cat's a** awesome!

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Here's a thread that I posted a while back. It has a link to some pictures of the system.
I need to update the pictures. I have made some changes over the years.

edit: Added later pictures with modifications to my rims panel for electric kettles and misc. systems shots.

Also a direct link to the pictures below.

When I'm not brewing, the kettles and MLT tear down and get stored on hooks from the ceiling so I can use the counter space for other uses.

I have found that hose barb fittings and hose clamps make a cheap, reliable quick connect system with my system. Even the 1/2" copper line works well with 5/8" ID reinforced vinyl hose and hose clamps.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/rims-system-45665/

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I have the ripple element and after only 5 batches I replaced due to rust. I found a thread on HBT that had a suggestion of adding an anode to the kettle. Haven't had a problem since.

Your element condition is very impressive after 60 batches with no tare down. How long do you usually recirculate PBW for?

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To be honest, I don't know. I think I got it at Lowe's but it could have been made by anyone.

My RIMS is all copper fittings.
This makes me wonder if copper is the "magic bullet" for preventing corrosion?
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I have the ripple element and after only 5 batches I replaced due to rust. I found a thread on HBT that had a suggestion of adding an anode to the kettle. Haven't had a problem since.

Your element condition is very impressive after 60 batches with no tare down. How long do you usually recirculate PBW for?
Typically about 20 minutes @ 140 degrees. Then a hot water rinse for another 20.

The tube and element are both copper. I think the pH of the mash help keep every thing clean and bright.
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