Originally Posted by Carlyle
I brew beer, but I am not an engineer, nor an electrician. I need a panel to run electrical on a heater and keep the heat er at the right temp. I run propane burners to bring the water up to strike temp. Perhaps a simple Johnson controller that I have will keep the right temps I need.
My specialty is stirring the mash and boiling the wort. I just moved up to a double pump single tier after twenty + years of brewing and would like to have a tighter control on mash temps. I have no desire to automate just have stricter control on my temps.
Well, there is no automation to my box other than keeping the temps maintained. After you mash in set the desired temp to be maintained. Then once your mash is set (about 10 min), you start the pump by flipping a switch. When the RIMS tube is full and wort is recirculating back into the tun, turn on the element with the flip of another switch. Temps will be maintained by the PID via the RIMS tube. When you're done with the mash turn off the element and pump. Move your pump output to your boil kettle and turn the pump back on to empty the tun. Add your sparge water to the tun, stir, etc then pump that into the kettle. It's pretty easy.
Clean up is easy as add'l unused sparge water can be pumped through the RIMS tube.
PM me if you are still interested.
The ordinance box is cool too. Makes the setup somewhat portable.