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TheDom 01-13-2012 11:09 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:

Attachment 43535

The dimplemaster proudly posing next to its first victim:


Attachment 43536

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:

Attachment 43538

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


TheDom 01-13-2012 11:09 PM

TheDom's Two Vessel RIMS Build
 
3 Attachment(s)

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:

Attachment 43535

The dimplemaster proudly posing next to its first victim:


Attachment 43536

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:

Attachment 43538

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


TheDom 01-13-2012 11:09 PM

TheDom's Two Vessel RIMS Build
 
3 Attachment(s)

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:

Attachment 43535

The dimplemaster proudly posing next to its first victim:


Attachment 43536

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:

Attachment 43538

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


TheDom 01-17-2012 04:06 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.

Attachment 43935

Here is a pic of the inside:

Attachment 43936

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


TheDom 01-17-2012 04:06 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.

Attachment 43935

Here is a pic of the inside:

Attachment 43936

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


TheDom 01-17-2012 09:28 PM

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Nice man, no hijack worries, thanks for sharing.

No wiring work today, but I did try my hand at some silver soldering. Used the kit that Airgas sells, with the Harris stay-brite solder and sray-clean liquid flux. I will probably add more solder to get it flush and pretty with the wall of the vessel, but for a first crack at it I am pretty happy.

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TheDom 01-17-2012 10:35 PM

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I added a little bit more solder, and am happier with it now. After a little sanding and BKF it should look pretty nice!

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TheDom 01-19-2012 03:08 PM

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Got my factorymation order yesterday, and have decided that no matter what level ninja I were, all these components just won't fit in the ammo can. I figured it would be a challenge, but this just isn't worth fighting with.

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Instead of getting inline fuses for the P-J E-stop and the PID power, I got 2 1amp breakers. I decided to go with a 20a breaker instead of the 16 mentioned earlier to leave some room for a bigger RIMS element in the future, and did the standard 25a 2-pole breaker for the 5500W BK element. The only thing I am concerned about is my breaker for my pump. I read that the march 809 will draw 1.4 or so amps, and went with a 4a breaker because I wanted to power the illuminated switch for both the pump and RIMS, as well as the coil for the contractor that will switch the RIMS element power on the same circuit. I basically want the rims element power switch and contactor coil to only get power when the pump is running. After placing my order I read that pumps can draw a little extra current at startup. Did I cut it too close with the 4a breaker?


TheDom 01-21-2012 11:40 AM

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Well, I got a B curve breaker, which I think counts as fast blow (throw in this case?) Hopefully it will work, if not I can always get a bigger one.

I pulled the cover off of my main breaker panel yesterday to make sure everything inside was as it appeared on the outside.

Attachment 44447

Nothing goofy that I could see/recognize. I will probably be putting the new 50a breaker in this morning, and running the cable/conduit. It just depends on how happy my drill is with putting holes in block. If not, I should be able to make some progress on the control panel.

Thus far I have cut some DIN rails for my terminal blocks and breakers, and attached the range cord.
Attachment 44448


TheDom 01-21-2012 11:40 AM

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Well, I got a B curve breaker, which I think counts as fast blow (throw in this case?) Hopefully it will work, if not I can always get a bigger one.

I pulled the cover off of my main breaker panel yesterday to make sure everything inside was as it appeared on the outside.

Attachment 44447

Nothing goofy that I could see/recognize. I will probably be putting the new 50a breaker in this morning, and running the cable/conduit. It just depends on how happy my drill is with putting holes in block. If not, I should be able to make some progress on the control panel.

Thus far I have cut some DIN rails for my terminal blocks and breakers, and attached the range cord.
Attachment 44448



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