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Old 04-29-2013, 02:22 AM   #1
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Default Propane + RIMS build (Update 5/11)

I am starting to design/purchase parts for a RIMS build using propane for the HLT and BK with a 5500 element in the HEX. I know how the systems work, but this is a lesson in planning so far. I thought I knew how to plumb the system but I have all but tied my brain in a knot trying to figure it out.

Anyways, I am planning it in sketchup. I linked my diagram so far down below in hopes that anyone could help me with the plumbing. I may have some help coming from the brewhardware guys but want any and all help I can get.

As of now I have kegs figured out and my pumps are in hand (Chuggers). Everything else is to come shortly. I hope.


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Old 04-29-2013, 10:03 AM   #2
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right off the bat, I notice you will need to rotate that pump head at least 90 degs. To avoid air pockets, the outlet either needs to face to the right or straight up.

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I thought the center inlet pumps got rid of that issue, but it makes sense looking at it. I've looked at every RIMS system I can find and while I understand the plumbing, the valves are what keep me guessing. I need to just sit down and draw a hand drawn diagram rather than fooling with 3d. Maybe I can get that done today. Updates to come!

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I talked with one of the guys from brewershardware about plumbing and routing of things and we have come up with a better way to do things. I am going to use 3-way SS valves, the two pumps, and a vertical hex. Even though the MT drains into a horizontal tube, it should be a non-issue as the water level will be way high and it should gravity feed to the pump.


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Edit: This is obviously not complete and still needs the BK plumbing and such.

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I was told when I bought my plate chiller a few years back that the outlets need to face up for maximum efficiency. Can you point me to a link for three way stainless steel valves? Sounds interesting. I am thinking about putting in a RIMS in the near future, but was planning on using existing parts...might change my mind though.

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interesting. keep posting pics, im interested how it turns out

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I was told when I bought my plate chiller a few years back that the outlets need to face up for maximum efficiency. Can you point me to a link for three way stainless steel valves? Sounds interesting. I am thinking about putting in a RIMS in the near future, but was planning on using existing parts...might change my mind though.
Amazon has quite a few options. Not sure the exact ones I am going with, but they are ~40 a piece. You may also be correct about the chiller, I will research that. I still don't know the exact one I want but I hope to get a 40 plate. It will be easy enough to build a bracket/mount for it to mount correctly.
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I'm trying to figure out my RIMS system, so if anyone would be ever so kind to help me figure out what I need that would be awesome. I'm looking for 1.5 Tri -> 1/2" barb in some fashion I believe. I am using braided silicone hoses, so I need to run the 1/2" hosing to the inlet and outlet of my rims tube (1.5 tube). Do I need to go 1.5 Tri -> 1/2 NPT -> 1/2 barb?

I think I can manage the plumbing fittings outside of this. I just don't know the availability for that style fitting.

My main issue is the electrical and what to run. I know I need a SSR compatible PID from Auber, but which temp sensor and such should I use? I've read a little about the RTD deal, but know nothing of it. The RIMS for Dummies thread is out of hand now, it's far too long to read through and decipher the conversations.

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Looks good so far man! I can't wait to see how things progress

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I'm trying to figure out my RIMS system, so if anyone would be ever so kind to help me figure out what I need that would be awesome. I'm looking for 1.5 Tri -> 1/2" barb in some fashion I believe. I am using braided silicone hoses, so I need to run the 1/2" hosing to the inlet and outlet of my rims tube (1.5 tube). Do I need to go 1.5 Tri -> 1/2 NPT -> 1/2 barb?
http://www.brewershardware.com/1.5-T...Hose-Barb.html

You can also do what you described (with 1/2 NPT) if you want greater flexibility. But hose barb-triclamp fittings are available.
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