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lamarguy 06-15-2009 07:38 PM

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Mine is very similar, but with a few differences:

Used Auber RTD instead of thermocouple: Liquid tight RTD sensor, 2” probe, NPT Thread [PT100-L50NPT] - $29.95 : auberins.com, Temperature control solutions for home and industry

Used 1 1/2" SS pipe from BFO: Stainless Steel Fittings

Used a 5400W 240V ULD element, but run it at 120V.

I covered the dangerous end of my element with a PVC cap.
Sawdustguy and bakins, thanks for the information...Just the websites to order the parts from is very helpful.

I just purchased the parts (mentioned above) to make a 1 1/2" RIMS heater. I went with the Auberins PID controller and RTD thermocouple for better accuracy. I also chose the ultra low density heating element made from SS nichrome (better resistance to burnout if operated dry).


Veritas 02-17-2011 01:39 AM

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This "top down" shot shows my RIMS, complete with ground wire attached.

I used two ss u-bolts to anchor my RIMS to a ghetto piece of 2/4, and attached the ground (green) to one of the U-bolts, making sure the "u" was in contact with the RIMS. Nice, safe, ground...

big_al_in_k-zoo 03-23-2011 11:19 PM

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Hey. Need some input.

Today I got around to testing my RIMS unit.

Tested for leaks. None

Plugged heating element into control box. Set SV value to 150.

Figured out how to start Auto Tune and ran it. After about 20 minutes, it
it finished (Stoped blinking At ) In doing so. raised my "test water" from about 130ish to the 150. I let in run a while longer, and it maintained fine. Nothing seemed to be wrong at all.

Decided to test "Mash out" temp. Raised it to 170. After about 10 minutes or so it got to about 168 and I then noticed a burning rubber smell. Shut everything down. Checked inside controller, not there. None of the power chords felt warm at all. Turned out inside my "Cover" for the element was lightly smoking. Unscrewed cover and noticed The element had melted. The outlet box was HOT. Any insight on what went wrong, any idea's? It never tripped the CFCI it all was plugged into.


big_al_in_k-zoo 03-23-2011 11:19 PM

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Hey. Need some input.

Today I got around to testing my RIMS unit.

Tested for leaks. None

Plugged heating element into control box. Set SV value to 150.

Figured out how to start Auto Tune and ran it. After about 20 minutes, it
it finished (Stoped blinking At ) In doing so. raised my "test water" from about 130ish to the 150. I let in run a while longer, and it maintained fine. Nothing seemed to be wrong at all.

Decided to test "Mash out" temp. Raised it to 170. After about 10 minutes or so it got to about 168 and I then noticed a burning rubber smell. Shut everything down. Checked inside controller, not there. None of the power chords felt warm at all. Turned out inside my "Cover" for the element was lightly smoking. Unscrewed cover and noticed The element had melted. The outlet box was HOT. Any insight on what went wrong, any idea's? It never tripped the CFCI it all was plugged into.


big_al_in_k-zoo 03-24-2011 01:22 AM

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It was horizontal while I operated it. I only ran water through it, here's what the element looks like now....



Should it look like this after 1 use, and only it water? Or does it indeed look to be dry fired?

That sucks. I made sure to run water through first for awhile, to get any air out. Oh well. Got the element from Lowe's, only 9 bucks or so.


big_al_in_k-zoo 03-24-2011 01:22 AM

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It was horizontal while I operated it. I only ran water through it, here's what the element looks like now....



Should it look like this after 1 use, and only it water? Or does it indeed look to be dry fired?

That sucks. I made sure to run water through first for awhile, to get any air out. Oh well. Got the element from Lowe's, only 9 bucks or so.


big_al_in_k-zoo 03-24-2011 06:56 PM

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Are the input/outputs of the tube pointing in the same direction (Up or Down)?
No, didn't think about that. =(

Here's how I had it

bighand 03-26-2011 05:27 PM

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I wanted to share some pics of my RIMS setup since I relied so much on the information in this thread to build it.

Attachment 22586
Front of control box, the PID is a SYL-2362 from auberins.com. There is a 25A SSR and a heatsink in the control box. The two switches control the PID and the pump.

Attachment 22587
RIMS tube purchased from brewershardware.com using camlock quick disconnects, a 1500 watt low-density heating element from plumbingsupply.com, and an RTD sensor from auberins.com.

Attachment 22588
Plug that is connected to the PID/element switch.

Attachment 22589
Plug that is connected to the pump switch.

I wanted to send out a huge thank you to everyone who has shared information on this thread, there is no way I would have been able to do this without this thread.


bighand 03-26-2011 05:27 PM

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I wanted to share some pics of my RIMS setup since I relied so much on the information in this thread to build it.

Attachment 22586
Front of control box, the PID is a SYL-2362 from auberins.com. There is a 25A SSR and a heatsink in the control box. The two switches control the PID and the pump.

Attachment 22587
RIMS tube purchased from brewershardware.com using camlock quick disconnects, a 1500 watt low-density heating element from plumbingsupply.com, and an RTD sensor from auberins.com.

Attachment 22588
Plug that is connected to the PID/element switch.

Attachment 22589
Plug that is connected to the pump switch.

I wanted to send out a huge thank you to everyone who has shared information on this thread, there is no way I would have been able to do this without this thread.


bighand 03-26-2011 05:27 PM

4 Attachment(s)

I wanted to share some pics of my RIMS setup since I relied so much on the information in this thread to build it.

Attachment 22586
Front of control box, the PID is a SYL-2362 from auberins.com. There is a 25A SSR and a heatsink in the control box. The two switches control the PID and the pump.

Attachment 22587
RIMS tube purchased from brewershardware.com using camlock quick disconnects, a 1500 watt low-density heating element from plumbingsupply.com, and an RTD sensor from auberins.com.

Attachment 22588
Plug that is connected to the PID/element switch.

Attachment 22589
Plug that is connected to the pump switch.

I wanted to send out a huge thank you to everyone who has shared information on this thread, there is no way I would have been able to do this without this thread.



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