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Old 04-27-2014, 05:24 AM   #1
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Default NorCal RIMS Tube and EBrewsupply Controller Build

After much planning, design, and coveting on HBT I have decided to make the jump to a RIMS system. I have learned so much and gotten so many ideas from posts of similar builds on here that I am going to try and document the process as best I can. I have one additional challenge in that my rig lives outside, my gear inside, and so the controller, pump, and the RIMS itself must be modular.
The RIMS tube, pump, fittings, etc. I picked up from NorCal (who are fantastic if you've not ordered from them). Their tube seemed to have the best features already baked in, and with the sale they had going on, the price was right. Those items should arrive late this week.
The PID is a Ebay Sestos that came with a probe. That should be here early in the week.
For the controller, I knew I wanted to try and build something myself, but I am no electrician, and with my rudimentary at best electrical knowledge I went with the 20A PID kit from ebrewsupply. I started to try put together a part list myself, but I just don't have the knowledge or confidence to be comfortable that I got everything I need. I know I probably paid a little more, but not that much, and it was well worth it for the piece of mind knowing that I wouldn't start work to realize I forgot one integral piece that is going to take another week to order. I looked into a lot of options for the controller, and ultimately went with a metal toolbox for the portability, ruggedness, as well as the price and looks. I used this one http://tinyurl.com/lbv6fnn.
My parts for the controller (less the PID) were in, so I started on that today. I was lucky enough to be able to get my coworker, who is an excellent electrician (he commissions 5MW utility solar farms) to come over and help. Let me say this first- if you do not have a good bit of electrical experience try your damnedest to get someone who does. It would have taken me 5x as long, and looked 5% as good. Plus I learned a lot along the way and usually folks will work for beer and pizza. In a day of work we were able to get through about 75% of the controller. Had a couple of hang-ups, but everything is now mounted and wiring has begun. He was not super pleased overall with the wiring diagram from EBrew, but again- it has all the components and will work. I'd say we still have one after work build session to get it done (again, less the PID and RIMS tube).

Configuration Mock-Up (has changed just a bit)

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Old 04-30-2014, 12:57 PM   #2
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Got some work done today before/during the deluge/tornadoes. Everything except the slot for the PID is now cut and mounted. I was planning on using a dremmel cut wheel for that, for lack of a better option. Now all that is left is that and the remainder of the wiring! The RIMS tube, pump, etc was supposed to be here Friday, but tracking looks like it is pushed till Monday, so sadly probably don't get to test this weekend.
Final configuration, other than that the PID will likely go below the white element light.



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this is looking awesome!

do you remember the issues your friend had with the ebrew designs? I have been looking at theirs and P-J's as I get ready to take the plunge but still haven't.

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Again, not an electrician so I'm not 100% sure. I believe that it had something to do with the placement or type of the breaker, but we got that wired up last night and it threw, so I think it works. Other than that, no sure. All in all, it will definitely work, and I am glad that I sprung for the kit so I know everything is there. One thing we are going to add is a ground bar.

Got the E-stop and engage element switches going last night, as well as cutting the PID hole below the white 'element firing' light. Only the pump and buzzer switches/lights, PID, and outlets left to wire up. Going to try and finish it out tonight.

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Nice setup. What 220v element are you going to use in the rims tube ?

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It's a 5500w Low-watt density that Lowes had for $15.

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It's a 5500w Low-watt density that Lowes had for $15.
Are you running it at 110V then? Im guessing yes. This is what Im looking doing as well. However that diagram at ebrew supply shows I think a 220V output..

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Here is the schematic for the kit I am running:
http://www.ebrewsupply.com/designs/2...-1PID-RIMS.pdf

It is 120v, meaning the 5500w 240 element will be putting out more like 1375w, if I understand correctly.

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Ah. I was looking at the 30A build.

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