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Old 05-05-2010, 03:53 AM   #31
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Great Project. I've been reading through all the RIMS threads collecting ideas for my RIMS hex when I came across your thread. It really fits the scope of the project I wanted to take on. I already have the March Pump toolbox from an earlier DYI so that's a bonus.

Do you have a parts list for your project that you wouldn't mind sending me. I'll send you a PM as well.

Again great project it's really going to help my brew set up.
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Old 05-05-2010, 01:01 PM   #32
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I got the PID and RTD probe from Auber Instruments, auberins.com1 x 1/16 DIN PID Temperature Controller (SSR control output) (SYL-2352) =$44.50
1 x Liquid tight RTD sensor, 2” probe, 1/4 NPT Thread (PT100-L50NPT) =$29.95
You may as well get your 40a SSR and heat sink from them as well, or find a cheaper equivalent on ebay, I already had the SSR and I made a heat sink from apple G5 parts. You really don't need much of a heatsink for this small load, mine never gets warm.

The Stainless Tees, barbs, compression fittings, etc. I got from Bargain Fittings. The RIMS tube's stubs are 3/8" OD so I used two 3/8 in OD tube x 1/2 in NPT (pipe thread) adapters and a 1/2 x 1/4 inch reducing bushing for the RTD probe.
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The RIMS tube, that may be difficult to source unless freddyb still has some left. It is made by Watlow and I assume he bought them surplus or something. Here is a link to the thread that got my attention http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/35-rims-heater-133208/ I used plumbing strap clamps from home depot and covered them with heat shrink tube to mount it to the wood block. The shrink tube gives it better grip and should prevent from marking up the RIMS heater. Searching by the part # on the element I found this which may help you http://www.midohioresale.com/storepages/tube-heater.htm
The 3/8 OD stubs concerned me but they are short so they don't have too much affect on flow for Mash recirc but when I whirlpool the boil I disconnect the RIMS and use the march pump directly.
I would consider some kind of ventilation for the toolbox, I leave mine cracked open during the mash but I'd prefer some kind of shielded vent.
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:54 PM   #33
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This is really cool, but you GOTTA paint that block of wood black or yellow or something!
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:55 PM   #34
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I admit the block of wood was a last minute necessity because of the shape of the toolbox. Some black paint would do it some good.
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:14 PM   #35
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This is sweet. It may be my baby step into electric brewing.

 
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:33 PM   #36
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very cool, nice project

 
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:42 PM   #37
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This is sweet. It may be my baby step into electric brewing.
It certainly is for me. Now I am re thinking my entire brew rig and where I brew. It gave me a chance to learn about PID's and how all this electrical mumbo jumbo works.
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:49 AM   #38
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Do you have a write up of the parts list to make this? I just got my tax return and I'm going RIMS!

 
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:44 PM   #39
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Retrofit:
The closest thing would be post #32 above. March pump, Auber PID, SSR with heatsink and RTD probe. A couple light switches and a weatherproof cover. A toolbox (find one with flatter sides) and you'll need some fittings for the pump and whatever RIMS tube you can find, this one in particular may not be available, I haven't found any more.
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Thanks for the reply. I saw that, but some guys include a sheet. Not complaining, just curious if one was available. I like the portability of this system and I'm going to try an emulate it.

 
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