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Old 10-17-2011, 06:49 PM   #1
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Default Stout Tanks RIMS Module

I just popped the box on one of these and thought I'd share some pics. When I was researching these I couldn't find much info on them outside the website and no photos anywhere so hopefully this will help someone out in the future.






I'm a month or two away from putting it to work but I'll add details when I do.

In the meantime, mid way along the tube is a 1/2" port for a liquid sensor. Anyone have any suggestion for what kind of sensor to use?

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Old 10-18-2011, 09:19 PM   #2
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Anyone? No one uses liquid sensors or knows about them?

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Old 10-18-2011, 09:35 PM   #3
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a thing of beauty to be sure. Although I don't know myself the guys over at brewmation.com have partnered up with stout tanks and kettles. They supply them with brewery control panels and whatnot. Im sure they would know what to recommend for you.

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Anyone? No one uses liquid sensors or knows about them?
I use RTD sensors & PIDs for temperature control. I'd check out http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/ if you havnt already
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Anyone? No one uses liquid sensors or knows about them?
Are you talking about a temp sensor or a sensor to prevent dryfiring, like a flow sensor, or something else?

Either way, it will have to be compatible with the "control" system you plan to use.
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I assume you mean temperature sensors. You'll need a thermowell of some type, sensor, and device to gather and read data. The thermowell will be copper or stainless, easily attained at Brewershardware.com, ebay, etc. You'll need to decide on what device the temperature sensor will be attached to, and that will determine what type of sensor you'll need. There are many types; RTD, K-type, thermistor, One-Wire (ex Dallas DS18B20) to name a few. So as you can see your question doesnt have an easy answer. However, it looks like there is also 1/2" fitting on the end as well. So maybe you mean a flow sensor?

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Sorry, I guess I mean a flow sensor to stop dry firing.

It'll be run with a PID and an RTD. On the stout website they label it as an input for a flow sensor but I'm not sure what I'm looking for or how to implement it. I'll probably just plug it to start but figure it might be cool to add it on.

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Sorry, I guess I mean a flow sensor to stop drop firing.

It'll be run with a PID and an RTD. On the stout website they label it as an input for a flow sensor but I'm not sure what I'm looking for or how to implement it. I'll probably just plug it to start but figure it might be cool to add it on.

Thanks all.
I have a flow sensor inline with the output of my RIMs tube.
The stout tube looks like it has an "extra" port?
So, it looks like you have ports for the Element, Temp Probe, Liquid In, Liquid Out, and then the "extra" port? If that's correct, I'm not sure how you would use a flow sensor. You might find one that has a paddle that fits into the port, but the one I have has an in and out.
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Wow, that is a beautiful RIMS tube. What kind of set up are you using it on? Would love to see more pics of it once you get your build done!

So a heating element can just screw right in to the one of those ends? What goes on the other end?

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I used a flow meter with a paddle that was about 1 1/2" in diameter and it clogged with husks frequently. I think you would need what called a sail switch (if I remember a conversation I had with CodeRage a long time ago).

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