So, this is the first day in about 4 months where i haven't been working 15 or 16 hours. So, instead of doing something constructive, like sleeping, I'm dreaming about brewing equipment upgrades.
I'm building an electric HERMS system, but now an interesting thought came up while trolling through various forums and I wanted to get opinions on it...
I'm contemplating putting bottom dump valves on my mash tun and boil kettle? And hell, for HLT too.
My thought is that if there's no flame on the bottom of the pot then what's the harm in putting a dump valve near the edge of the pot on the bottom? In the BK, you could still whirlpool to gather the sediment in the center and drain damn near all the wort without having to tip the pot. In the MT, same kind of thing...under the false bottom and recirculating to the top.
As for the HLT, that'd just be for symmetry if I got the bottom dumps on the other two pots. I like things to be symmetric.
So...tell my why I shouldn't do this...