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Old 03-23-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default RIMS Tube - 1 1/2" or 2"?

I'm getting ready to buy a RIMS tube from Brewers Hardware. Of the users out there which size would you recommend with a fold back element? I've read different things regarding the element touching the sides, etc. Is it worth the extra money for the 2"?


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You can fit the element in the 1.5" all day long (it just might require a real light bend to keep if off the wall). Going with the smaller pipe will give you less dead space to compensate for in your water calculations.

Bobby has the same setup I use for sale on his page, at a very reasonable price.
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I had considered Bobby's set up, but am leaning toward wanting Tri Clover connections.

I guess I didn't think about water calculations. I currently use 1.25 qt per lb. Would that ratio run to thin, or is it dependent on other things? I would assume you would probably need more water with a larger tube, and less with a smaller diameter.
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You can still mash at your preferred water to grist ratio, but you have to add in the dead space volume (plumbing, rims tube, area under a false bottom) when figuring out your strike water volume and temperature.
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Other than taking into account the volume difference, are there any other potential issues between a 1.5" or 2" version?
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Touching the sides is not really a problem, but you can bend the element to reduce any contact. Since the permeability of the grain bed limits the maximum flow rate through the RIMS, it is best to use the smallest diameter heating tube to produce the highest velocity through the tube to reduce the potential of wort overheating or scorching. 1.5" is preferred.
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You might save a few dollars by taking a look at the RIMS tube kit @ Glacier Tanks http://www.glaciertanks.com/TriClamp..._Tube_Kit.html.
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You might save a few dollars by taking a look at the RIMS tube kit @ Glacier Tanks http://www.glaciertanks.com/TriClamp..._Tube_Kit.html.
Thanks, good price. Sure is a lot longer than other's I've seen.
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You should be aware that the price of the Glacier tanks RIMS does not include a way to protect the wiring of the element.
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You should be aware that the price of the Glacier tanks RIMS does not include a way to protect the wiring of the element.
Didn't seem like it. I've already got one 2" element enclosure (one of the reasons I'm asking these questions to save the price of the enclosure).

Since you dropped by, when will you get more of the 5500 watt elements in stock? (this one https://www.brewhardware.com/Product...t5500&CartID=1).


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