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Old 11-16-2012, 12:26 AM   #1041
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Default RIMS Tube Sanity Check

I've decided I want to go the RIMS tube route, but before I start ordering parts can I get a sanity check to make sure I'm not missing something, or have some gross misconception.

Tube - http://brewhardware.com/rimsherms-parts/122-rims

Temperature Controller - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_ id=3

RTD - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_15&produ cts_id=246

SSR - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_30&produc ts_id=9

Heat Sink - http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_30&produc ts_id=45

Heating Element - http://www.kegkits.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=W&Product_Code =120VBP_EL&Category_Code=EBREW

I'm going to find a box on ebay and am pretty confident in the wiring, as long as I know I've got the right parts. I've got a 20A outlet in my garage so I'm going to also be running the pump off the panel as well. I also know that I'd probably be able to do better buying the heating element and enclosure piece by piece, but I'm ok with spending a few extra bucks rather than figuring out how to enclose the elements connections on my own.

So I ask you, am I out to lunch with what I'm ordering?

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:00 PM   #1042
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I would suggest you choose a RIMs tube that you can easily and routinely disassemble in order to give the element a good scrubbing. Brewing Hardware sells a tri-clover version for $40 more than the one you linked to.

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Old 11-16-2012, 04:03 PM   #1043
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I know, I looked at that. There is a lot more than 40$ difference though, by the time you buy the fittings to support the heating element, and the temp probe. I'm still thinking about it.

Is cleaning it really that big of a deal? I mean, it doesn't have to be sanitized. I figured I'd blow PBW through it to get the gunks out.

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Old 11-16-2012, 06:02 PM   #1044
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Yes it's that important. The element gets a weird film on it from protein or something. You can't get it off without rubbing/wiping. Eventually it gets baked on. Do a quick search and you'll see a lot of people wishing it was easier to take the RIMs apart for cleaning. There are other options besides the ones Derrin makes too.

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Old 11-17-2012, 01:28 AM   #1045
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Check out the cam locks at pro flow dynamics. I used a set to make my element removable from the tube. They have stainless steel and aluminum. I used stainless threaded pipe and the aluminum can locks. No issues in a year. I can get you lengths and diameters if you are interested.

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Old 11-17-2012, 01:42 AM   #1046
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I have the tri-clover clamp rims tube and the guys are right every time I tear the rig apart there's a weird slime on all the parts that need a gentle scrub to remove. The tube cost me around 150 but piece of mind was worth it. I have a parts list if anyone wants it.

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Old 11-17-2012, 01:44 AM   #1047
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Plus with the tri-clover outfit I can tool around with different configurations and add parts latter with no problem.

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Old 11-17-2012, 05:20 PM   #1048
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Fine fockers, you win. I ordered the trio-clover.

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Hooray, I'm influential! You love that thing for sure. Plus it may be easier to replace the element when you dry fire it (which you will).

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Old 12-05-2012, 01:37 AM   #1050
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Would love to see a parts list. I know this is bringing back and old thread but that is exactly what i am looking for.

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