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Old 08-31-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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Let me start by saying thank you to everyone who has posted their projects. I rarely come up with my own great ideas, most of them are crafted from what others have done. So thank you all.

I currently have a single tier rig with 3 BG14 burners. 2 are controlled by Honeywell electronic ignition and one is by a ball valve.

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I have been drooling over other peoples control panels and wanted to take my set up to the next level. Here is what the plan is.
  • Add a RIMS tube
  • Add electronic ignition on BK
  • Add control panel w/ 2 PIDs
  • Add a second pump for fly sparging

So first off I wanted to find a schematic for the system that fit the bill, which was pretty tricky since my system will be a cross between an electric RIMS system and a gas direct fire system. P-J was kind enough to create a drawing that got me going. Here is the basis of the design.

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As you will see when I start showing the actual panel, I changed it up a little as the build started. P-J's schematic really helped a ton as I haven't done much electrical work since electronics class in high school over 20 years ago.

My skills do not allow me to make changes to P-J's schematic so I will just list them.
  • Removed the PID on the BK and just made it a push button
  • Added a push button to direct fire the MLT via electonic ignition
  • Added a second Pump
  • Removed the power button


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Old 08-31-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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My first purchase was the RIMS tube. I went with the one from Bobby M. at BrewHardware. I already use cam lock fittings on my rig and I really liked the clean design.
http://www.brewhardware.com/rimsherms-parts/169-newrims

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This was my birthday gift from my inlaws. Awesome inlaws, right?

I went with a 120V 1500W low density element from Plumbing Supply. It was reasonably priced, although the shipping was a little steep.
http://www.plumbingsupply.com/elements.html


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Old 09-02-2013, 12:15 AM   #3
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Here is a quick update before I head out to a few of the local breweries.

Here is nearly all of the components to start the build. I got most of the parts from EBrew Supply and Auber.

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First off I laid out all of the controls using cut out templates to make sure it all fit properly.

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I used a spring loaded punch to mark the pilot holes for the 1/2" knock out.

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The 1/2" knock out tool made quick work of all the holes. Definitely worth every penny I spent on it.

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The holes on the bottom were made with a step bit and a hole saw. I had to go back and cut out the two outlet holes for the pumps.

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Now that the grunt work is done the fun part begins.
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:41 PM   #4
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UPDATE

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I got all of the holes drilled and mounted the components. I had to go back and add the two pump outlets not in the picture. I also had to turn the door lock 90 degrees to make it fit properly. I did not take the size into account when laying out the boil switch. oops.

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The panel is only 5" deep so it took a little time to get all of the interior components to fit without touching the the PID's and switches. You can see the two pump outlets that were added in this picture.

So far so good. Next up is to start wiring.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:41 AM   #5
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Update
So I tried my hand at wiring today. I made quite a few errors along the way, but ultimately got it all worked out without letting the smoke out.

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This is the first wiring attempt before working out all of the bugs. Once the testing is competed I will clean it up to make it a presentable wiring job. More pictures to follow.
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:21 PM   #6
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where did you get the box for this panel? How much was it?
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I got it at http://www.ebrewsupply.com/more/encl...ncl3x3x15.html. Nice quality and price. Once completed I will put together a complete list for the build.
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Update

Not a huge update. It has been over 100 degrees for the last week, so working in the garage hasn't been very appealing, but I did get a few small things completed.

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I got the RIMS tube element installed as well as the cord built. I looks super cool.

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The temp probes are built as well. I followed the instructions on Kal's site, with a few modifications. I used the 1/16" cable from Lowes instead of ordering 100' of the recommended cable.(smallest qty available) So I used 1/4" sleeve to fit over everything. Turned out pretty nice.

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Everything powered up nicely. I found that a number of the switches and outlets were crossed. Since I didn't mark them on the inside of the panel I visually mixed them up. Nothing that swapping a few wires on the switches couldn't fix. I also boiled a pot of water to check that the probes worked properly. So far so good.

Hopefully the heat will let up and I can start reworking my old control panel. The plan is to make it a sub panel mounted under the rig to house the ignition controls. This will eliminate any issues with interference with the PID's.
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Ran into a small issue this past week. My kegerator died! I spent a few days in Vegas on business and came home with food poisoning.

I got a 15 cubic feet chest freezer on CL for $200, and it is only a year old. Now I can get back to rebuilding my rig.

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Looking great. How'd you cut the holes for the PID? For the outlet at the bottom, did you tap the holes for the screws or use nuts on the inside?


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