I was building an E-HERMS build, but learned two major things:
- Coolers are expensive, especially when you hack two of them up beyond repair.
- It is hard to fix a leaking cooler. (Well for me it was!)
The inspiration for me to go "waste" more money on this hobby was Sawdustguy's RIMS for dummies thread. So, I went back to that and decided to use all that I had already purchased to do a RIMS.
There is the tube I came up with using all 1/2" SS fittings... Mounted with exhaust hangers. I'm just waiting on the ELD heater element to get to the house before I can go any further.
There's the whole stand. It isn't too big, since I brew in my kitchen, it needs to be able to be put away. The copper pipe needs a ball valve (on the way) on it... I usually start building then realize that I am missing more pieces to the puzzle. No biggie, I can cut the copper and put some male fittings and plop in the valve. It will go to the HLT that is sitting on the stove. Since I'll be heating up the sparge water during the mashing, I can pump it through the heating element on the way to the mash tun.
The control box, plain and simple. Was a box I saw at the hobby store, fitted my needs perfectly. Would have a shot of the inside, but the camera's battery died on me. Everything is fused up so my house cannot blow up the electronics.
The return and sparge manifolds. Had the copper laying around. Both have QD's on the top. The wire at the bottom of the return manifold is so that I can adjust the height of the manifold as needed.
In the next few days, I *should* be able to do a wet run on this and see where I need to go from there.
I'd appreciate any help on learning the ins and outs of the PID controller, since I have never used one. Any settings I should change? Or should they stay the same. I thought I've read people changing some of the variables for better accuracy... but maybe I am mistaken.