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Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« on: June 29, 2014, 06:16:49 AM »
I'm going all in and building a Brutus 25.  I saw a deal on 25G pots and thought, "brewing 20G at a time would be really cool!"  Here are my initial thoughts:
1-25G pots to brew up to 20G
2-natural gas burners
3-Stainless steel frame

That's about as far as I got.  I'd really like to hear some updates on your rigs and advice on going about this journey.  I can't wait!

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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2014, 09:25:38 AM »
I say go for it!  JUst make sure if you are brewing inside to vent correctly.  Also, keep in mind that with 25G pots it will probably be a little finicky brewing 20G.  Good luck in the planning and building of the new brewhouse!

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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2014, 05:29:09 AM »
I say go for it!  JUst make sure if you are brewing inside to vent correctly.  Also, keep in mind that with 25G pots it will probably be a little finicky brewing 20G.  Good luck in the planning and building of the new brewhouse!

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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2014, 05:47:03 AM »
I just bought one of the Blichmann RIMS-Rockets myself... Had been holding off to have a custom made HERMS tank made for me... but won a $200 gift card at the NHC so.... RIMS it is :D
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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2014, 05:47:58 AM »
I just bought one of the Blichmann RIMS-Rockets myself... Had been holding off to have a custom made HERMS tank made for me... but won a $200 gift card at the NHC so.... RIMS it is :D

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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2014, 07:31:33 AM »
I just bought one of the Blichmann RIMS-Rockets myself... Had been holding off to have a custom made HERMS tank made for me... but won a $200 gift card at the NHC so.... RIMS it is :D

Keep us posted on how you handle the temperature control.  I'm wondering about getting one myself.
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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2014, 07:36:44 AM »
I just bought one of the Blichmann RIMS-Rockets myself... Had been holding off to have a custom made HERMS tank made for me... but won a $200 gift card at the NHC so.... RIMS it is :D

Keep us posted on how you handle the temperature control.  I'm wondering about getting one myself.

I just asked my wife if we knew any electrical engineers as I'm pondering this myself.  I'd like to be able to dial up temps as opposed to programming them per Lonny's YouTube video.  I just don't know enough and I don't want to spend my life researching it.....

I also don't want to go touchscreen so I'm in a quandary right now.

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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2014, 07:55:21 AM »
I just bought one of the Blichmann RIMS-Rockets myself... Had been holding off to have a custom made HERMS tank made for me... but won a $200 gift card at the NHC so.... RIMS it is :D

Keep us posted on how you handle the temperature control.  I'm wondering about getting one myself.

I just asked my wife if we knew any electrical engineers as I'm pondering this myself.  I'd like to be able to dial up temps as opposed to programming them per Lonny's YouTube video.  I just don't know enough and I don't want to spend my life researching it.....

I also don't want to go touchscreen so I'm in a quandary right now.

Dave
With a PID controller that has a manual mode you can just change the setpoint at any time to "dial up" the temps you want.  I wish they offered a 1500 watt/115V heater option as I do not have 230v at my brewstand.

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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2014, 08:30:37 AM »
I just bought one of the Blichmann RIMS-Rockets myself... Had been holding off to have a custom made HERMS tank made for me... but won a $200 gift card at the NHC so.... RIMS it is :D

Keep us posted on how you handle the temperature control.  I'm wondering about getting one myself.

I just asked my wife if we knew any electrical engineers as I'm pondering this myself.  I'd like to be able to dial up temps as opposed to programming them per Lonny's YouTube video.  I just don't know enough and I don't want to spend my life researching it.....

I also don't want to go touchscreen so I'm in a quandary right now.

Dave

Maybe you should consider electric. there is already a bunch of prebuilt preresearched options out there.

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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2014, 08:48:35 AM »
I thought about electric, but then I go back to not knowing any electrical engineers.  I think I'm more apt to electrocute myself than blow myself up...... ;D
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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2014, 08:51:46 AM »

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I just asked my wife if we knew any electrical engineers as I'm pondering this myself.  I'd like to be able to dial up temps as opposed to programming them per Lonny's YouTube video.  I just don't know enough and I don't want to spend my life researching it.....

I also don't want to go touchscreen so I'm in a quandary right now.

Dave
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Maybe you should consider electric. there is already a bunch of prebuilt preresearched options out there.

Jeff
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That's a good point to consider.  The cost of having a gas line or a 220V outlet installed will be pretty similar.
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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2014, 09:04:11 AM »
Im not an electrical engineer either, but after building my system i have a veryg ood grasp of the whats and whys.  Just something to consider is all:D

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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2014, 09:07:57 AM »
Im not an electrical engineer either, but after building my system i have a veryg ood grasp of the whats and whys.  Just something to consider is all:D

Jeff

I'm definitely not against it and have pondered it as I could plug in to my 220V dryer outlet right inside the garage door.  The alternative is to tap in to the gas line behind the dryer and run a line in to the garage. 

Both good options I think.  I'll keep researching it...

Dave
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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2014, 09:34:56 AM »
I just bought one of the Blichmann RIMS-Rockets myself... Had been holding off to have a custom made HERMS tank made for me... but won a $200 gift card at the NHC so.... RIMS it is :D

Keep us posted on how you handle the temperature control.  I'm wondering about getting one myself.

I just asked my wife if we knew any electrical engineers as I'm pondering this myself.  I'd like to be able to dial up temps as opposed to programming them per Lonny's YouTube video.  I just don't know enough and I don't want to spend my life researching it.....

I also don't want to go touchscreen so I'm in a quandary right now.

Dave
With a PID controller that has a manual mode you can just change the setpoint at any time to "dial up" the temps you want.  I wish they offered a 1500 watt/115V heater option as I do not have 230v at my brewstand.

Another Dave
EDIT:  Not sure how my response ended up inside one of the other quotes... w/e.... actual post below :D

haha so glad you mentioned this... I noticed for the whole kettle elements they have a couple 120V options... I guess I just assumed the RIMS would only be 120V... I actually had to just cancel my order because I don't have a 240V outlet anywhere in my condo... Even my drier in the basement is only 120V lol.
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Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2014, 09:51:27 AM »
I thought about electric, but then I go back to not knowing any electrical engineers.  I think I'm more apt to electrocute myself than blow myself up...... ;D

A simple temperature control unit is only contains a handful of parts.

  • A NEMA-rated electrical enclosure
  • 25A solid-state voltage regulator
  • An aluminum heat sink to dissipate waste heat generated by the sold-state voltage regulator
  • 500K-Ohm 2 Watt linear taper potentiometer
  • knob for the potentiometer
  • A twist lock inlet in which to plug the Blichmann cord
  • A 10/3 power cord to that connects the control unit the wall receptable


A PID-based control unit can be built for not much more money, but it only benefits the user if temperature feedback is provided to the PID.
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