Originally Posted by slakwhere
you will be able to put the Immersion Chiller in the HLT to manage mash temps (HERMS) if you are having issues holding heat in the mash for an hour. my 15 gallon MLT wouldn't hold temps, but i really like HERMS. gives me the ability to recirc the mash for an hour through the coil so the beer comes out crystal clear and i hit my temp dead on for whatever length of time i want. plus i can ramp up for mash out or step mashes if necessary.
as for the keg mash tun, i love my false bottom. it blew my stainless filter thing out of the water.
i have a side pickup in my propane fired rig, but i was never patient enough to let everything precipitate out... so all it did for me was waste about a gallon of beer in the bottom of the keg. if you can wait the few minutes for everything to settle it's a great method. i switched to a counterflow chiller and bottom drain so i can save a couple bucks on ingredients for that extra gallon or 2 i don't really NEED to brew. Trub in the fermenter isn't the end of the world.
I'm setting it up using a brewers hardware RIMS system. I have a jay bird false bottom that I'm going to use and now add a bottom drain for the mash tun.
I plan to whirlpool the wort using the pump while cooling using the immersion chiller to help aid. Does the counter chiller not get clogged on yours with hops going through? I would think a bottom drain would pass all the hop sludge and clog the counter chiller.
The bottom drains are for clean in place on mine.