Ok, so I have been reading and researching, much like this summer when I was trying to decide on to go HERMS or RIMS.
I am now kind of wishing I had gone RIMS (I ended up going HERMS). So having said that, I am going to make the switch over to a RIMS system, but slowly.
I have ordered my PID controller components- I think this is what I need from Auber (Let me know if I missed something):
Universal 1/16 DIN PID Temperature Controller
Heat Sink for 25 A SSR
Liquid tight K type, 4 in probe, 1/2 NPT Thread
Do I need to get a thermowell for the probe?
This project will slowly come to fruition- still have to build my RIMS tube and get the heating element. Then I will be building a new control box replete with a cooling fan and vents for the SSR heatsink. It will also be replete with aircraft switches (those rock!). The idea is not too much automation, but have the availability to if I want. I certainly want to get the wort recirculation efficency question solved- my temp control thought process is a bit flawed as I am using a RANCO (not working the way I thought it would)
Anyone have any other ideas, thoughts or input?
My current HERMS is this:
I figure without too much trouble I should be able to retrofit.