I've gotten comfortable doing the AG in the past 5-6 months. I have the process down comfortably and have made some great beers.
However, I don't like scooping the water out to poor into the Mash tun.
I'm planning to set up a 3 tier system but not sure how I want to go about the hot liqour tank. For those with electric elements, tell me your likes and dislikes. For those with fired HLT's, what do you like/dislike? Folks using coolers as HLT's, do you pump in the hot water or pour it in from a seperate heating pot?
Once you have your hot liqour to the temp you want, what methods do you use to measure how much water goes into the mash? Right now I have a 4 qt Lexan pitcher, but it gets old moving water that way, and I lose more heat that way.
So, I'm looking for info about how you set up and how you use your HLT.