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Old 07-31-2009, 06:51 PM   #31
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Do you take it apart to clean it once in a while?

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Old 07-31-2009, 07:13 PM   #32
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Do you take it apart to clean it once in a while?
Shouldn't need to assuming you run a cleaner (PBW, detergent, etc.) through it after brewing. It's the same logic as using a March pump, you should only need to take it apart if you encounter problems.

With that said, if I goofed and accidentally ran the RIMS element dry, I would certainly take it apart to scrub off the burnt wort.
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:16 PM   #33
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Doesn't get much simpler than that! Nice work. People mare very hesitant to provide electrical assistance on the forum because of the liability with liquid. Thanks for this.

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Old 08-01-2009, 12:08 AM   #34
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With that said, if I goofed and accidentally ran the RIMS element dry, I would certainly take it apart to scrub off the burnt wort.
Having done so, I ran near boiling PBW water through it again, and again, and again. (ie, several different batches of PBW water) Then near boiling rinse water the same.
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Old 08-05-2009, 06:57 PM   #35
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I like your post very much and I think i am going to follow your build. How did this device work in practice? Did your efficiency go up at all? did you have any problems with overheating?

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Old 08-05-2009, 07:03 PM   #36
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Sawdustguy, I like your post very much and I think i am going to follow your build.
The only change I would recommend is use 1.5" pipe, as others have noted...
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The only change I would recommend is use 1.5" pipe, as others have noted...
WHy 1.5" vs 2"?
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Why in your parts listing do you specify a 2"x6" SS pipe(S4N2x6), but the part number you specified is a 2"x10"(S4NX10) piece of SS tubing?

Which is correct? I assume the 10" pipe, since the heating element you chose is 7+" long.


Also, do the example photos use the same parts? Seems to use more busings that in your parts list? Is the two bushings at the bottom of the Tee's 1/2" to 1/4" bushings?

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Old 09-01-2009, 04:09 PM   #39
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WHy 1.5" vs 2"?
Too much mass to heat. It decreases the efficiency of heat transfer.
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Also, do the example photos use the same parts? Seems to use more busings that in your parts list? Is the two bushings at the bottom of the Tee's 1/2" to 1/4" bushings?
I had to use 2 bushings because they were out of stock on the bushing I wanted. I didn't want to wait so I did it with 2 bushings. The supplier felt bad they weren't in stock so he gave me one of the bushings for free. Kapish.
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