I've finally begun the DIY build on my RIMS System. For those not familiar with this system, (Recirculating Infusion Mash System), click here to learn all about Recirculating Infusion Mash Systems.
First of all, I didn't design the stand, I bought it from someone in Pensacola, Florida that was getting married and needed the money. He spent about three years researching and finally designing and building the stand.
It's all stainless steel and came with three Hurricane Burners by Hurricane Products, Inc. (he said he had bought the banjo burners from Bayou Classic but wasn't happy with the quality, so he scrapped them and purchased these from Hurricane Products, Inc.) Here are several pictures of the RIMS System build so far.
The problems so far usually entail little things. Such as not having all the right small fittings and having to run to town to purchase them. Things like nipples, adapters, elbows, etc.
As you can see, I'm using stainless steel fittings wherever possible. They are usually more expensive but in the long run, worth it because stainless steel is extremely durable (almost indestructible) food-grade metal that resists corrosion in caustic fluids and can be sanitized easily making it basically food-grade. I've wanted to use March Pumps with Stainless Steel heads but the price was way too high, until now..
Northern Brewer has their own Northern Brewer Wort Pump at a great price point. The stainless steel head is an option and only adds about $25, what a deal. Just click on the "Head Option" to select Stainless Steel.
OK, on to the RIMS System build again. One of the next steps is to connect the gas valves with the burners and I haven't really decided whether to go with flex hose or make the lines with stainless tubing and bend the tubing. If I go with tubing, I'll have to find a way to flare the 1/2" tubing for the orifice on the burner. With flex gas connector it will come ready with female flare fittings and the hose can be bent in any configuration. It's a good temporary fix and I think this is the way I'll go.
Next will be to run the 1/4" pilot tubing and attach the Honeywell pilot light and flame sensor to the stand and into the burner. The ignition control module will control the burner when a call for heat is detected, and maintain the pilot light flame. If it senses the light has been blown out, it will shut down the burner and try to relight the pilot light. This is all for safety and I think a very good idea as I plan on using the stand for demonstrations and wouldn't want anyone getting hurt while no one is watching the pilot.
Keep the page bookmarked if you are interested in the build as I'll be updating it as I continue building. Right now, the build is at a standstill while waiting on a pump housing that I cracked. I suppose I'll have to go ahead and cut the tops off my two kegs and start working on the fittings for the vessels. I've bought weldless fittings for a sight-glass on each vessel, thermometers, and ball valves.
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