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Old 01-29-2011, 12:09 AM   #581
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It was tough for me to make the commitment to drill 1" holes in my vessels, but I've never looked back.

Electric>Gas in almost every way I can think of.


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Old 01-29-2011, 10:22 AM   #582
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Aw, but you don't get to play with fire. I love that stuff.

About hot water heater elements being screwed into tapered female fittings, it wasn't a problem for me because the threads on the element are not long at all. Also, instead of spending lots on a tap, why not just use a dremel to remove a few threads from the ID of the coupler? This should do the trick just fine. Remember, you only need enough threads to tighten it down (not strip) because the threads aren't sealing anything, the gasket does.



 
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:24 PM   #583
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After reading this entire thread I was wondering if someone could put together a parts list so that a person who understands RIMS but not controllers and the electrical side can purchase the items and have a buddy who does know about the electrical side assemble it =). At the beginning of the thread there is a awesome parts lists but I don't think it includes the controller, etc.. Also, since the beginning of the thread, people have come up with modifications and better ideas so I don't know if it makes sense to update the parts list and add electrical components?

I think it would actually be a good thing for this thread to kind of sum it all up.

Along the lines of what I said above, and if my request cannot be met can someone point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it. My system right now is not automated at all, what I want to do is add a tri-clamp RIMS tube with a basic controller that will recirc. the mash. I was also hoping that I can recirc. the HLT in the same RIMS tube. Can that be done?

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Old 02-01-2011, 02:31 PM   #584
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Got most of my build done today after the replacement RTD probe & 1/2 to 1/4 adapter arrived. Here are some pics. I'll likely start my own thread to detil the build once I get it completely done. Idea is a tabletop-type design that can store in minimal space. The RIMS will not rest on top of the control/toolbox during use. It will hang vertically on the side of my 10 gallon rubermaid, with the element-end on the bottom. Thanks Sawdustguy for the inspiration.

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Pump mounted on toolbox:


Detail of RIMS manifold:


Detail on wiring:
Ok so I am trying to put together a rims. I have some of the parts but I am trying to figure out what else I need and how to hook them up. looking at your picture with the tool box open I have the SSR and the PID, but what is that part just north of the pid? Is that what is called a bus and if so what is it's purpose? What is the part on the left side of the tool box oppisite of the pump?

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Old 02-08-2011, 12:13 AM   #585
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Dave-

I have not put together a parts list yet, but am currently working on documenting my particular RIMS setup on my website, mersonbrewing.com. Shortly I will have the wiring schematic up for my control box.

As far as the hlt, yes, with an additional valve manifold. Right now I am able to mash or heat the hlt, but what I actually do is heat the hlt water separately, then use the rims to maintain the hlt temp while I sparge.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:40 AM   #586
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but what is that part just north of the pid? Is that what is called a bus and if so what is it's purpose? What is the part on the left side of the tool box oppisite of the pump?

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The bus is kind of like a power distribution center for the toolbox. You hook up your load wire to the tab and jumper the connections on one side. You can then add several load lines to each device needing power without having to twist them all together.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:53 AM   #587
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The thing opposite is the SSR if that is what you are refering to...otherwise it appears to be a connectior for the temp probe
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:04 AM   #588
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The bus is kind of like a power distribution center for the toolbox. You hook up your load wire to the tab and jumper the connections on one side. You can then add several load lines to each device needing power without having to twist them all together.
Thanks obviously I need to do more research before I start messing with this.
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:07 AM   #589
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I did all of mine on here and it is not as hard as what you think. Having said that, I did have some help on the electrical end.

This might help:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/wiri...r-rims-213340/
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:10 AM   #590
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The thing opposite is the SSR if that is what you are refering to...otherwise it appears to be a connectior for the temp probe
Hmm. On the "left side of the box" the device is the back side of a standard duplex outlet.



 
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