So I looked through the forums and was only able to find information on Temp probe location when using HERMS or a RIMS setup.
I have an all electric brew rig consiting of two 10 Gal SS kettles (BK and HLT) and one Orange round 10 Gal cooler. I do not have a HERMS or RIMS setup. I have one pump that is connected to the HLT that pumps the hot water up to the MT. Currently I have a temp probe in my HKT almost in the center above my valve. I want to move the temp probe much lower so when the water level goes lower than 3 gallons, my PID can still sense the temp and fire the heater in the kettle.
I was about to put the sensor probe at the same level as the drain valve using a weldless kit but read that some people install a T on the drain valve to install the sensor to read the temp of the water as it's being pumped into the MT.
Question is, if I put it in a T past the valve, how will I read the temperature of the water prior to start pumping it into the MT? I understand it's best to read the water temp as it's being pumped through but I would like to know when the Strike temp is reached prior to pumping.
Is it best, with my setup, to install the temp probe in the kettle wall or in the T past the valve? Or, should I install two sensors and just switch the cables from the sensor in the kettle wall to the T once I reach the strike temp?