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Old 09-28-2008, 02:36 AM   #1
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I hate vorlaufing. I dont like draining out wort and pouring it back in the MLT. It is my main gripe about going AG. So I have been thinking of a way to avoid it.

Is there any reason why attaching a nylon paint strainer bag to the output of the MLT wouldnt work? It should have a fine enough mesh to catch anything that came out of the MLT. All I would have to do then is open the drain slowly to set the grainbed then drain away. Add my sparge water and repeat. After the sparge is done just remove the nylon bag and all the grain should go with it.

Am I missing something or do you guys think it would work?

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Old 09-28-2008, 02:40 AM   #2
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it wont catch proteins but it might get bits of grain, so it would help but not eliminate the need for a vorlauf. I dont understand why you would hate it, how much do you have to vorlauf to get clear runnings? if its more than a gallon you might want to play with your manifold/false bottom/braid to make life easier.

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Its usually only 2qts or so but for some reason it really bothers me. I just figured if all we really need to do is keep husks out of the boil then why wouldnt a paint strainer work.

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Old 09-28-2008, 02:58 AM   #4
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Compared to clean-up and washing? It takes less than 30 seconds for me to vorlauf my wort.

Cleaning up and washing the stuff is FAR more of a PITA.

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It never occurred to me to hate vorlaufing. Actually, I think I kind of like it.

Cleanup is even kind of quick and easy for me somehow. The only thing I've ever really HATED is bottling.

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I just figured if all we really need to do is keep husks out of the boil then why wouldnt a paint strainer work.
It also sets the grain bed and facilitates lautering.

Get one of these and it'll do the work for you.

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Vorlaufing could be my favorite part of brewing.... if only because the word "vorlauf" is just so awesome!

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Vorlaufing could be my favorite part of brewing.... if only because the word "vorlauf" is just so awesome!
My buddies (non brewers) like using brewing terms in their own way - they think its hilarious for some reason. For example, after hearing the word "vorlauf", they now use it in placement of "vomit". As in, "Dude, I was so hammered last night I vorlaufed all over my shoes.

On a related note, I hate vorlaufing only because I always forget to when I go to drain my mash tun. I'm an AG noob so hopefully I'll start remembering before I open the ball valve.
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When you vorlauf (recirculate) you are setting the grain bed so it acts like a filter. If you don't do this long enough then the grain bed will still pass some solids. A pump is a great way to do this but in the past I have just used 2 stainless pans and while one is filling up I am pouring the other back in the tun until it runs clear. It's really quite easy and I do not understand why you hate it?

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