RIMS Tube and Element, 5 Year Inspection - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > RIMS Tube and Element, 5 Year Inspection
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-05-2013, 06:48 PM   #1
processhead
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Nebraska
Posts: 792
Liked 130 Times on 102 Posts



I wanted to add one of Bobby's stainless steel element enclosures to my RIMS tube so I disassembled it after 5 years of continuous use.

It has had probably 60 batches through the tube, and have never had it apart.
Aside from some corrosion on the element threads, I was surprised how clean the tube and the rest of element were.

I clean in place by circulating PBW solution through the pump and RIMS after finished brewing.

This is a 4500 watt 240 volt element running on 120 volts with a PID controlling temperatures.


Click image for larger version

Name:	2013-12-04 16.29.04 (Small).jpg
Views:	883
Size:	34.1 KB
ID:	164327  
__________________
How hard can it be?

2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2013, 08:20 PM   #2
rvklein
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Posts: 563
Liked 44 Times on 37 Posts


Impressive.


__________________
Tapped-Out Brewing & Pub Build

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2013, 07:59 PM   #3
kenh
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Oct 2013
Posts: 256
Liked 20 Times on 16 Posts


The base of my stainless steel RIMS tube element rusted when I left water in it for a few days. What brand is your heating element?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2013, 09:06 PM   #4
processhead
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Nebraska
Posts: 792
Liked 130 Times on 102 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by kenh View Post
The base of my stainless steel RIMS tube element rusted when I left water in it for a few days. What brand is your heating element?
To be honest, I don't know. I think I got it at Lowe's but it could have been made by anyone.

My RIMS is all copper fittings.
__________________
How hard can it be?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2013, 09:11 PM   #5
kegger_maker
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
kegger_maker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2012
Posts: 27
Liked 62 Times on 22 Posts


Any chance you could post pictures and description of your entire system? Because it seems that it may be the cat's a** awesome!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2013, 10:26 PM   #6
processhead
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Nebraska
Posts: 792
Liked 130 Times on 102 Posts


Here's a thread that I posted a while back. It has a link to some pictures of the system.
I need to update the pictures. I have made some changes over the years.

edit: Added later pictures with modifications to my rims panel for electric kettles and misc. systems shots.

Also a direct link to the pictures below.

When I'm not brewing, the kettles and MLT tear down and get stored on hooks from the ceiling so I can use the counter space for other uses.

I have found that hose barb fittings and hose clamps make a cheap, reliable quick connect system with my system. Even the 1/2" copper line works well with 5/8" ID reinforced vinyl hose and hose clamps.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/rims-system-45665/


http://s200.photobucket.com/user/pro...Brewery%20Gear
__________________
How hard can it be?

kegger_maker Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2013, 11:59 PM   #7
everty2007
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
everty2007's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Sheboygan, WI
Posts: 104
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


I have the ripple element and after only 5 batches I replaced due to rust. I found a thread on HBT that had a suggestion of adding an anode to the kettle. Haven't had a problem since.

Your element condition is very impressive after 60 batches with no tare down. How long do you usually recirculate PBW for?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 12:34 AM   #8
kenh
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Oct 2013
Posts: 256
Liked 20 Times on 16 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by processhead View Post
To be honest, I don't know. I think I got it at Lowe's but it could have been made by anyone.

My RIMS is all copper fittings.
This makes me wonder if copper is the "magic bullet" for preventing corrosion?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 12:45 AM   #9
processhead
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Nebraska
Posts: 792
Liked 130 Times on 102 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by everty2007 View Post
I have the ripple element and after only 5 batches I replaced due to rust. I found a thread on HBT that had a suggestion of adding an anode to the kettle. Haven't had a problem since.

Your element condition is very impressive after 60 batches with no tare down. How long do you usually recirculate PBW for?
Typically about 20 minutes @ 140 degrees. Then a hot water rinse for another 20.

The tube and element are both copper. I think the pH of the mash help keep every thing clean and bright.
__________________
How hard can it be?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 01:18 AM   #10
thekraken
Recipes 
 
Aug 2014
DFW, Texas
Posts: 1,254
Liked 224 Times on 148 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by processhead View Post
Here's a thread that I posted a while back. It has a link to some pictures of the system.
I need to update the pictures. I have made some changes over the years.

edit: Added later pictures with modifications to my rims panel for electric kettles and misc. systems shots.

Also a direct link to the pictures below.

When I'm not brewing, the kettles and MLT tear down and get stored on hooks from the ceiling so I can use the counter space for other uses.

I have found that hose barb fittings and hose clamps make a cheap, reliable quick connect system with my system. Even the 1/2" copper line works well with 5/8" ID reinforced vinyl hose and hose clamps.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/rims-system-45665/

http://s200.photobucket.com/user/pro...tml?sort=3&o=0

The links to the photos are down, do you have a working one?

What is the fitting at the input? Did you drill a hole and solder in that smaller tube?



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Florida RIMS Tube and 120v 2000 SS element shellej For Sale 9 12-04-2013 02:12 AM
Max element wattage for my RIMS tube TinTurtle Electric Brewing 1 11-27-2013 12:58 AM
Texas BrewersHardware RIMS Tube w/NPS Element Adapter + 1500W element dWiGhT-TX For Sale 2 07-15-2013 03:03 PM
Stainless Steel RIMS Tube w/element MrShake For Sale 3 02-22-2010 09:11 PM


Forum Jump