I am at the beginning of setting my new RIMS and after a lot of searching and reading I choose to go RTD/PID route right away on temperature monitor/control.
Temperature will be measured in 4 places:
- HLT- RTD sensor
- RIMS- RTD sensor
- MLT- RTD sensor
- CFC- K Type sensor
Since I will use CFC to chill the wort I dont see reason to drill BK and install temperature sensor in it since CFC output temp. is what we want to know, and also it will be usable if/when I choose to buy plate chiller.
I like the idea that sensors can be disconnected from kettles for easier cleaning so I"ll buy RTD with XLR3 connectors for HLT and MLT.
Probes for HLT and MLT will be 4" lenght, and for RIMS/CFC will depend on connection setup.
Heater 1 is for HLT and heater 2 for RIMS. Pumps will do circulation for regular single tier stand.
For now, RTDs and K type will be connected to simple display units to measure temperature, I will surely buy PIDs for HLT and RIMS but for now (since budget doesnt allow) I"ll manually control heater elements.
I divided whole building process in two stages:
install RTDs and K type sensor and connect them with 4 displays that will monitor temperatures (w/manual heaters control)
RTD Display Unit
K Type Display Unit
Control Panel- 1st stage
replace 2 RTD displays with PIDs (HLT and RIMS) that will control heaters in HLT and RIMS, 2 other displays will continue to only monitor temperatures (MLT and CFC)
Auber PID 2352
Control Panel- 2nd stage
I hope that you have the idea what I am trying to accomplish.
Problem is that I dont have electrician knowledge I am not sure will I be able to connect RTDs and K type sensors with those ebay displays.
What do you think about it, is this feasible and will it work (especially 1st stage build)?
Any other suggestion/critic is highly appreciate.