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Old 04-04-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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Well a while back I ordered a Tri Clover RIMS Tube fro Derrin at Brewer's Hardware. I contacted PJ, and he was kind enough to draw up a schematic for a simple controller to run my pump and RIMS Tube. I am finally getting around to starting the project. The schematic was for a 20 amp 120v RIMS tube that would not allow the element to be powered if the pump was not on.

Here is the drawing PJ did:




I went ahead and ordered 2 of the elements he had recommended (one as a backup). It was a Rheem SP10868GL 120V 2000W Stainless Steel Element



Well I got the elements, and there is no way I can get them to fit in the tube without touching the sides. My question is has anyone else used these in Derrins RIM Tube? What are others who have the Tri clover using?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 04-04-2012, 04:22 PM   #2
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Yeah I use the same element, but the 5500w version, in one of those tubes. Same thing, its kind of mashed against the side. Some careful bending tweaks to the base of the element minimized this, but it works fine.

The only issue this causes is the outside of the tube to get quite hot. But I've used the same element for over a year now with weekly or more use. I use the tube to recirc cleaner and sani washing sankeys at my pub.

So no worries, just make sure you can't easily touch the outside of the tube.
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Yeah I use the same element, but the 5500w version, in one of those tubes. Same thing, its kind of mashed against the side. Some careful bending tweaks to the base of the element minimized this, but it works fine.

The only issue this causes is the outside of the tube to get quite hot. But I've used the same element for over a year now with weekly or more use. I use the tube to recirc cleaner and sani washing sankeys at my pub.

So no worries, just make sure you can't easily touch the outside of the tube.
Very interesting. I thought the element touching the side would be sure catastrophe. I guess I was wrong.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:25 PM   #4
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Same problem here. Same element and rims tube. I was able to pinch the two parts together a bit(carefully). It doesn't touch the sides any longer but it is close.

I definately think you should avoid it touching the sides if possible.

 
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Anybody else able to chime in on whether they are using this element, or what else they are using with the Brewer's Hardware RIMS tube?
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:59 PM   #6
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I've had elements of that size touch the sides of my 1 1/2" SS pipe RIMS tubes. As mentioned earlier, some careful bending of the element can avert the touching.

Specifically I used a bench vise to close the element more at the top bend where it folds back on itself. Then I placed the base of the element in the vise and slightly bent the element back at the base.
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Anybody else able to chime in on whether they are using this element, or what else they are using with the Brewer's Hardware RIMS tube?
Just used my Brewers Hardware RIMM tube yesterday for the first time. I have a 4500W (at 240v) ss element from Lowes running on 110v. It touches the sides. I was also concerned. I ran 3, 10 gallon batches yesterday and the outside of the tube does get a bit hot. But when I tore it down to clean there did not appear to be any burn spots or anything on the element or the tube. Element was clean too. As far as I'm concerned I'm going to run it just like it is.

1 batch of a Wiess beer 50% White Wheat malt OG 1.045
2 Chimay clone with a OG of 1.072
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Just used my Brewers Hardware RIMM tube yesterday for the first time. I have a 4500W (at 240v) ss element from Lowes running on 110v. It touches the sides. I was also concerned. I ran 3, 10 gallon batches yesterday and the outside of the tube does get a bit hot. But when I tore it down to clean there did not appear to be any burn spots or anything on the element or the tube. Element was clean too. As far as I'm concerned I'm going to run it just like it is.

1 batch of a Wiess beer 50% White Wheat malt OG 1.045
2 Chimay clone with a OG of 1.072
Good to hear. I will try to get it to not touch the sides, but wont spend too much time worrying about it.
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This may be a little but has anyone had a burned flavor. Is it best to start the element after you have recirculated for a few minutes to get the smaller particles that may have gone threw the false bottom back on top of the grain bed?

 
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:19 PM   #10
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I am also searching for the best element for the same 1.5" tri clover rims tube. bumping this thread. Hopefully someone will come in and offer some suggestions that have been tried.

 
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