Originally Posted by Bsquared
I have mine attached to the recirculation pump output for the mash, It's not necessary but I like it to see the mash recirculation, and it's fun to watch it go from turbid to clear-ish.
I agree about it not being necessary but we brew because we enjoy the process right? During the mash I like to just sit and watch it as it changes. For cleaning I run the hot liquor through it to flush it, and it bumps the temp up to 170. After that I pull the RIMs tube off the stand, take both caps off, and clean it with soap and a wine bottle brush. This does a good job for me. I agree with Kal about not wanting to do something that makes more things to clean.