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Old 01-23-2011, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default RIMS System Schematics

This thread is designed to be a single resource for posting schematics/diagrams for RIMS system builds. There is no shortage of HERMS system build diagram schematics on this site, but finding RIMS system build diagrams have proven more difficult.

Please post your system's plumbing diagram, and if you have a build thread associated with it, add a link to the thread.

UPDATE: Let's keep this thread clean by only posting diagrams of system builds. If you want to participate in other RIMS related discussions, here are some threads you can visit:

Definition of RIMS

Brew Tree vs RIMS vs HERMS

RIMS for Dummies

A RIMS build project
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:39 PM   #2
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Everything I need to learn was here...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/rims-dummies-114997/

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Old 01-24-2011, 07:37 AM   #3
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Everything I need to learn was here...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/rims-dummies-114997/
Yes, that thread is a great read (currently 56 pages) that discusses best practices in building RIMS tubes and controlling temperature.

The intent of this post is not to discuss what RIMS is, but rather for people to post diagrams of their system builds which could serve as a distilled resource for someone who is looking for schematics to build a brewing system that incorporates RIMS.

For example, I am about to build an all electric BCS controlled single tier 3-vessel RIMS system from scratch. I am looking for various plumbing system schematics to decide how I want to build the system, and I have found very few visual diagrams of RIMS plumbing systems in various corners of the web. I'm sure there are several all over the place, and RIMS is not wildly different from HERMS, but it could help to collectively bring all RIMS build diagrams together into one thread.

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For example, below is step 1 of 6 in a plumbing schematic for a RIMS build found here.

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Isn't that a HERMS? I thought RIMS uses a heating element directly and HERMS uses a heat exchange system.

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Isn't that a HERMS? I thought RIMS uses a heating element directly and HERMS uses a heat exchange system.
From viewing the other steps at the website, it appears to be a direct fired RIMS. The wort is never sent out to a heat exchanger.
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From viewing the other steps at the website, it appears to be a direct fired RIMS. The wort is never sent out to a heat exchanger.
It is not really a RIMS if it is direct fired. There is no heat exchanger. A RIMS uses a heat exchanger that contacts the wort to keep the mash tun temperature stable during recirculation. Also a schematic is an electrical diagram. I think what you seek are system designs.
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Found this at breweryconstructionguide.com

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It is not really a RIMS if it is direct fired. There is no heat exchanger. A RIMS uses a heat exchanger that contacts the wort to keep the mash tun temperature stable during recirculation. Also a schematic is an electrical diagram. I think what you seek are system designs.
I think it is well accepted that you can direct fire and it is still RIMS. The key points are that is is recirculated and the hot wort is returned to the top of the grain bed.
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