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Old 03-24-2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default Bottom Port? Or Front Port?

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...

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Old 03-24-2012, 10:20 PM   #2
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That's the way the hlt and mt are at the pub where I brew. On the bk it is benifical to leave the sediment so a side drain with a baffle works better to promote settling and not disturb the trub pile.

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Mine drain through the bottom and it makes cleanup a snap!

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Mine drain through the bottom and it makes cleanup a snap!
You have a bottom drain in your BK? Any issue with added sediment in your wort?
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I have a modified false bottom that allows the trub cone to form on top of it during the whirlpool. Without the false bottom it almost immediately plugs my pump. I have very minimal trub in the fermenter.

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I have a modified false bottom that allows the trub cone to form on top of it during the whirlpool. Without the false bottom it almost immediately plugs my pump. I have very minimal trub in the fermenter.
Any pictures you'd like to share? I don't want to make a mistake with everything being so "inexpensive" as it is! ;-)
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Look at my signature line there's a link there. Basically my keggles are inverted and I connect a 2" tri-clamp the the original sanke "neck". It seals great with an o-ring or a modified tri-clamp gasket. My BK is different now that what's in that thread I referenced, but it's now the same as the HLT and MT pictured.

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Look at my signature line there's a link there. Basically my keggles are inverted and I connect a 2" tri-clamp the the original sanke "neck". It seals great with an o-ring or a modified tri-clamp gasket. My BK is different now that what's in that thread I referenced, but it's now the same as the HLT and MT pictured.
Will check it out...thanks!
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i have a bottom drain MLT and love it. Will be making the HTL bottom drain too.

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Ok...I'm 100% on the HLT and MT...I see that Stout Tanks has just released a bottom drain MT too...albeit a little different than I'm planning.

Thanks every one for the help...I'll be sure to post up some pics as I go along...I've still got a metric crap ton of reading to do (and yes, that is a valid technical approximation).

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