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TheDom 01-13-2012 10:09 PM

TheDom's Two Vessel RIMS Build
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Thanks to Santa and a very awesome SWMBO, I am finally going electric! I've got a mostly unmodified keggle and a 10gal round cooler MLT, and really can't wait to be done lifting gallons of hot water over my head during my brew day! I've got a 5500W ulwd element going into the HLT/BK and will be doing a RIMS for dummies approach to my rims element. Since the water here sucks, and I batch sparge, I will just be doing a 1500W element in the RIMS tube, no need for on demand sparge water yet.

Ooh pics!

2 Auber PIDs and SSRs/heatsinks, pretty illuminated buttons (2 red for element power, blue for pump, and green for PID power), contactors (30a) for element power switching, RTDs and my potentially overstuffed ammo can of a project box:

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The dimplemaster proudly posing next to its first victim:

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Got a 50a spa panel, pics of that to come once I actually do something to it. Waiting on a pump, tubing, camlocks and sightglass. Still need to order DIN rail, breakers, and terminal blocks. Also need to get a regular 50a breaker for my breaker panel, some conduit and 6awg wire for a short (10ft) run to the spa panel.

Thanks to P-J and Kal, and everyone else posting their builds and advice in this forum. I wouldn't be able to do this without this awesome resource! That being said, I am pretty confident in my ability to do this right, but would love to be called out if it looks like I'm planning on doing something stupid.

That's all for now, more to come once I start putting it together.

Ooh, shiny:

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Yes, it is crooked, I have to buy another pipe wrench. :)

TheDom 01-14-2012 03:39 AM

Quick question: Can 14awg wire safely be used with a 16 amp breaker?

For some reason factorymation.com only carries 10 amp and 16 amp mini din mount breakers, no 15 amp, which I wanted to use so I could use 14awg wire for my RIMS element, which draws 12.5 amps. I only ask because in another thread someone said it was fine to use 6awg wire for up to 60amps, while the electrical primer says 55 amps for 6awg, and I'm confused. Thanks!

TheDom 01-15-2012 12:07 AM

Nobody? Ahh well. Picked up 8' of 6/3 w ground, some conduit and various outlets today, hope to get the 4 prong outlet mounted in the spa panel tonight, and probably the conduit, breaker and mounting of the spa panel in the garage tomorrow afternoon. Pics to come once progress is made.

It is kinda funny, for some reason having a thread going about my build is really motivating me to get things done.

P-J 01-15-2012 12:36 AM

I subscribed to your thread and have been watching with interest.

Quick question: Can 14awg wire safely be used with a 16 amp breaker?
It is within your panel... Therefore no problem what so ever.

Wishing you the best.

TheDom 01-15-2012 10:22 PM

Thanks P-J, I appreciate it. I am expecting everything but my camlock fittings to arrive by Thursday, so hopefully I will be able to start getting elbow deep in it soon.

TheDom 01-17-2012 03:06 AM

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Got the 50a receptacle mounted and wired up in the spa panel. I learned to love hole saws after a good while cutting and grinding out a hole for the receptacle with my dremel. I didn't mangle it too badly, but a properly sized hole saw would have made it look much nicer.

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Here is a pic of the inside:

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Hopefully tomorrow I will have a chance to mount the spa panel out in the garage, and get it wired into the main panel.

SGFBeerBuzz 01-17-2012 11:54 AM

Hey. Just wanted to let you know I've subscribed and can't wait to see the finished product.

shortyjacobs 01-17-2012 03:02 PM

Nice job so far. I just finished building my own 2 vessel system + RIMS, (60 qt cooler MLT, 1500W RIMS tube, 5500W keggle...sound familiar?). Hope to brew on it this thursday or next monday!

TheDom 01-17-2012 06:02 PM

Thanks for the encouragement guys! Shorty, that does sound strangely familiar. :) Do you have a thread where I can check it out?

shortyjacobs 01-17-2012 06:07 PM

Not a real build thread....I've got a wiring diagram thread:

And a few pics (click for bigger, don't wanna hijack your thread too much!):

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