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Normoxic



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PostLink    Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:30 pm    Post subject: Adding RIMS Reply with quote


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Hey all,

I'm thinking about trying to tie my RIMS systems into the Mash Tun PID in the 50A control box. The wiring shouldn't be any issue, but I'm a little concerned about having space to get an extra switch, light, and socket in punched in. Has anybody tried this already?

Thanks!
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PostLink    Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just brainstorming here but you could move your two element switches to one 3-way switch (Boil-off-HLT) and than use the open switch for RIMs.
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PostLink    Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum Normoxic!

What's your goal here exactly? You mention you already have one of our 50A Electric Brewery Control Panels - which one? Are you already using HERMS today? Why also add RIMS?

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PostLink    Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had 2 - 3 way switches for mine, one for (boil) - (hlt) and one for (boil-hlt) - (Rims)
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Normoxic



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PostLink    Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the welcome and all the feedback so far!

Some more detail on what I am trying to do. What I currently have is a natural gas system that uses a home made RIMS unit to keep the Mash Tun warm. I've finally gotten to the point where I would rather switch to all electric, mostly for the convenience of being able to brew inside. I don't have the kind of ventilation needed to use my NG system indoors. So my ideal situation is to use something like the electric brewery 50A panel setup for back-to-back batches to replicate/upgrade my current capabilities. I did spend a lot of time thinking about just switching to HERMS, but I've become attached to RIMS. I guess its just sentimental. After looking at the control box specs online I noticed the Mash Tun PID is reading temp, but not controlling anything. So I figured I could keep my RIMS heating element assembly but get rid of some clutter if I could tie it into the Mash Tun PID. It seems like the best of both worlds.

Cheers!
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PostLink    Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our 50A back to back panel here sounds ideal: https://shop.theelectricbrewery.com/collections/control-panels
Simply use the HLT PID to drive your RIMS element.

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PostLink    Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool! Thanks.
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