Thrifty RIMS canister from Nor Cal Brewing Solutions

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Add a duplex outlet, wire and connectors to this and you would have a nice controller. There are cheaper parts out there I am sure. Really, if you have a drill, a few bits, wire terminal tool and a screwdriver you can build this quick with Aubers enclosure. Putting it all together is actually pretty dang fun too!!!



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LED Indicator, 22 mm, 120/240V
Item #: IND-1


  • Power Voltage Option - 120V AC/DC
  • LED Color Option - Green

$3.45 $3.45



40A SSR
Item #: MGR-1D4840

$15.50 $15.50



Selector Switch, 2-Position Maintained 2 NO, 22mm
Item #: SW4

$5.99 $11.98



EZboil, Power Regulator for Boiling Process Automation
Item #: DSPR120


  • Model Option - DSPR120

$46.95 $46.95



Contactor, 2 pole, 30/40 A, 120V Coil
Item #: CN-PBC302-120V

$12.59 $12.59



Wall Mount Box for Single Controller 10x8x6"
Item #: B252015


  • Hanger Option - Without Hanger
  • Heatsink Option - With 40A Heatsink (BHS40A)
  • Precut Option - With factory precut for 1 x 1/16 DIN controller

$60.00 $60.00



Liquid tight RTD sensor, 6 in, 1/2 NPT Thread
Item #: PT100-L1501/2NPT


  • Cable Option - Standard Teflon Cable (6 feet)

$34.35 $34.35 Sub-Total: $184.82

Looks KILLER! Thanks for the insight in the thread buddy!

How is the system working out for you?

Cheers
Jay
 

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Looks KILLER! Thanks for the insight in the thread buddy!

How is the system working out for you?

Cheers
Jay
Thanks Jay, I was hoping maybe it would be helpful to someone here. That and maybe I was showing off a bit.:fro::fro:

I haven't brewed with Thrifty yet but it performed well when I was testing the controller, heating 10 gallons of water from 55* to 170* in right around 3 hours. Not that I plan to use it for that, but it will heat. I have been working on stage two of my system, including Thrifty along with a few other things.

I am excited for my next brew day which is coming soon hopefully. I will post up a picture of Thrifty in action when it happens.
 

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BEAUTIFUL!

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Yes she is!!! That is our oldest daughter, she has taken a interest in home brewing for sure. She keeps drinking it every time she is over so I had her help me brew a couple of batches. :p:p

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Back on topic.

Thrifty worked pretty well but couldn't quite keep temps up by itself. I tried tuning my EZBoil to help but still lost a degree or two. Gonna play around with it a bit more but I am thinking I may need to find a 1500W element for the Thrifty RIMS tube.
 

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Back on topic.

Thrifty worked pretty well but couldn't quite keep temps up by itself. I tried tuning my EZBoil to help but still lost a degree or two. Gonna play around with it a bit more but I am thinking I may need to find a 1500W element for the Thrifty RIMS tube.
I found the super slow trickle people talk about doesn't work well for me. I up the flow and now works great.
 
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Yes she is!!! That is our oldest daughter, she has taken a interest in home brewing for sure. She keeps drinking it every time she is over so I had her help me brew a couple of batches. :p:p

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ENABLER! Baaahhahhaaaaa!

Nicely done DAD!

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ENABLER! Baaahhahhaaaaa!

Nicely done DAD!

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Haha....... Yep, but she is of age and on her own.

I was super stoked when she told me she would help me brew for the day. She ground most of the grain too!!! :D
 

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Does anyone use this rims tube with a kettle mash tun instead of a cooler style tun? Does it maintain heat pretty well?
 

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Does anyone use this rims tube with a kettle mash tun instead of a cooler style tun? Does it maintain heat pretty well?

I do and it does work well for smaller batches. I did get a 1500W element for it though as it couldn't quite keep up with 5 and 10 gallon batches on the 1100W element. Now I have two, one dedicated to my HLT and small batches and one for my larger kettles and bigger batches.
 

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I do and it does work well for smaller batches. I did get a 1500W element for it though as it couldn't quite keep up with 5 and 10 gallon batches on the 1100W element. Now I have two, one dedicated to my HLT and small batches and one for my larger kettles and bigger batches.
Where did you get your 1500 watt element from?
 

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I got it from brewhardware along with a hot pod enclosure. The element seems to work good, so far I have brewed both 5 and ten gallon batches with it. As for the enclosure, it works fine but I wish I would have gotten one of the nicer ones like Jaybird sells.
 

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I got it from brewhardware along with a hot pod enclosure. The element seems to work good, so far I have brewed both 5 and ten gallon batches with it. As for the enclosure, it works fine but I wish I would have gotten one of the nicer ones like Jaybird sells.

Did you go with the 1500 watt long or short? I measured my 1100 watt and its 12", which makes me think I could fit the longer element.

What wire gauge did you choose?
 

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I use an 1800w cartridge heater rims tube with an uninsulated 16 gallon bayou kettle as the mash tun and the highest duration my pid ever fires the element to maintain temps is 20% per minute, meaning there plenty of room for a bigger load or a smaller rims element... thats if the flow is slow enough to allow the rims to be more effective in heating per pass. slowing the flow will also net you better efficiency due to less channeling. my last brew session efficiency was just over 91%
 

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Did you go with the 1500 watt long or short? I measured my 1100 watt and its 12", which makes me think I could fit the longer element.

What wire gauge did you choose?
I went with the short one as I wanted to get the element further away from my temp probe. So far it seems to work pretty well. Like augie said slowing the flow down helps too. I used 12 gauge wire that I got that from brewhardware at the same time.
 
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Gonna resurrect this thread just for a minute. We have been selling the HECK out of these in the last few months. I have received several calls and Emails about 411 about testing ETC and I have been directing people over to this thread. Good stuff here! You guys ROCK!

Thanks for the information all you have shared.

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