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Old 03-21-2013, 07:34 PM   #1
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Last year I had this idea to a build a compact mash tun with the capability to recirculate and heat like a RIMS system. Well after going back to the drawing board numerous times, this is what I finally came up with. The first thing I did was have a stainless steel filter bucket built to place inside of the cooler. After that I built the heater tube out of stainless pipe and a brew heater that I got from my local brew shop. I bought a Sous Vide temp controller on ebay that has the capability to do up to 8 phases so I can do an automated step mash. I'm in the process of building a raised round platform to mount the Chugger pump to so I can sit the cooler on top of the platform, but for now I have the pump bolted to a piece of pine. Last weekend was the first time that I have used the whole system together including the heater pipe. I did a Hefeweizen doing a 90 minute automated 4 step mash. All in all I am very happy with this set up and I hit 85% efficiency on my first try. I'm sure there will be some more tweaking that I will do but at least I have a good start. Experimenting and building equipment is why I love the hobby of beer brewing so I thought I would share my ideas for others to improve upon!

Here is a YouTube video of my system in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7Uu6...ature=youtu.be


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Old 03-21-2013, 07:39 PM   #2
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Wow very nice set up. How much did it run you $$$?? That's so cool and portable also!!!!


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Old 03-21-2013, 08:28 PM   #3
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I would LOVEEEE a parts list on this.

I'm close to building a very small brewshed that will house all of my brew stuff, but doesn't leave much room for my current BIAB brewstand. Your system here might be a perfect solution for my mini brewshed.

Did you keep any notes when you were putting it together?
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:32 PM   #4
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I cant tell you exactly how much $ I have into this system because Ive changed the design over the past year. If I were to guess, I probably $500-600 wrapped up into it but Im sure it could be built cheaper. I never really kept any notes or parts list but here is what I could remember off the top of my head.

Rubbermaid 10 gallon cooler - http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rubbermai...9#.UUt3aOQo7Vg
I pieced together the valve assembly for the cooler, not sure of all the part #s. I used a 1/2 thread barb for the tube assembly on the cooler lid and lined with Reflectix insulation.

I had a custom stainless basket built for $150 including shipping. PM me and I will give the contact info for Chad at Arbor Fabricating.


The heater tube assembly I made from the following stainless pieces from Amazon and bought the brew heater from my local beer store for $70.


Quantity of 1 - Stainless Steel 304 Cast Pipe Fitting, Hex Bushing, MSS SP-114, 1-1/4" NPT Male X 1" NPT Female - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Quantity of 2 - Stainless Steel 304 Cast Pipe Fitting, Tee, Class 150, 1-1/4" NPT Female - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Quantity of 1 - Stainless Steel 304/304L Pipe Fitting, Nipple, Schedule 40 Welded, 1-1/4" X 8" NPT Male - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Quantity of 3 - Stainless Steel 304 Cast Pipe Fitting, Hex Bushing, MSS SP-114, 1-1/4" NPT Male X 1/2" NPT Female - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Quantity of 1 Stainless Steel thermowell FPT x 2 L x MTP protection tube - http://www.ebay.com/itm/THERMOWELL-3...item2ec1341dde

Quantity of 2 x 1.5 pipe nipples


I have a Chugger Stainless pump - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chugger-Stai...item1e73ee9fc9


Sous Vide temp controller - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thermostat-T...item20ce09909d


5 feet of Norprene tubing

6 SharkBite swivel fittings - http://www.homedepot.com/p/SharkBite...4#.UUt6NeQo7Vg



That's about all I can remember right now.

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Old 03-22-2013, 01:42 AM   #5
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Nice system.
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This is awesome. I may have to add this type of setup to my cooler mashtun.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:44 PM   #7
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Very well done. I've been contemplating a RIMS setup for my cooler mash tun as well.
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Does your heating element require a 220/240v 30/40 amp circuit, or is 110/120v 15/20 amp enough?
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:52 PM   #9
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The element runs off a normal 15/20 amp circuit and I never had any issues this past weekend even when running the Chugger pump for the whole 90 minute mash.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:38 PM   #10
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I'd love to build something like this, would it be possible to go into any further detail, like actual assembly, etc.?



 
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