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Old 07-24-2008, 10:03 PM   #1
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Do any of you strain your wort as you pour it into primary?

Mod Edit: this is not specific to extract brewing, it's been moved to a relevant forum.

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Old 07-24-2008, 10:07 PM   #2
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Yes, but only to catch the hops and to allow me to rinse them. I use a mesh screen that fits in the funnel.

All the trub goes into the fermenter, but I allow it to settle then rack it off into another fermenter before pitching the yeast.

That's just my process, fwiw.

Why do you ask? Any questions or concerns you are trying to address?

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Old 07-24-2008, 10:09 PM   #3
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the first time I did an extract I did(what a pain in the a$$, and loss of beer). Now I bag my hops in the boil to easily remove them, and pour the cooled wort right into the primary. anything left will settle out, then you can rack off the finished beer leaving the trub behind.

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Old 07-24-2008, 10:18 PM   #4
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Yea, I feel like I'm losing beer by straining it. I'm experimenting with a gluten free batch and after the boil, there seemed to be so little left, I just poured it all in and added water. I'm doing 2 1/2 gal. batches.

Also, I'm using hop pellets, so it just clogs up the strainer anyway. On my 5 gal. batches of real beer, I strained until it got too thick and called it good.

I've just never poured all the wort into primary without straining and was wondering if it would affect racking. As in, will it all settle on the bottom?

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I usually use whole hops, so I don't want them getting into the fermenter. Whenever I use pellet hops and they clog the strainer, I just scoop out the mass with a sanitized spoon then continue pouring the wort.

I wouldn't recommend dumping the pellet hops into the fermenter unless you let them settle out and then rack off the clear wort into another fermenter before pitching the yeast.

Losing wort during operations is what made me switch to 5.5 gallon batches, so I end up with a full 5 gallons at the end!

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Old 07-24-2008, 10:25 PM   #7
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i experienced some trouble making my first brew (a double ipa) a few weeks ago and straining the wort.. i was using TWO strainers (one mesh strainer attached to funnel, and a plastic colander type strainer i poured through first) and was getting some serious cloggage in both strainers after pouring not much wort through.. granted it was a hoppy recipe but damn were those strainers getting clogged..

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Yes, we strain our extract batches. Like Yooper said above, less trub.

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i have a false bottom on my boiling kettle, which stops a lot of the trub. i also sometimes use an in-line filter. for most 5 gallon batches, i just dump it straight in, as my smaller stockpot does not have a false bottom anyway and i just get a slightly smaller yield due to more trub.

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I have used a wire mesh strainer between brewpot and primary after my first three batches. The only time I have problems is mentioned above, when I do my IPA. I just make sure the trash is close and flip the junk into it when it fills and continue straining. I've only used leaf hops once, and that was for dry-hopping. I'm harvesting some of my own soon, so it'll be interesting to see the difference in the way that they strain after the boil.

As for the first three batches, they had more problems from temperature control than straining issues. BUT!! They were still beer! I have a lot more variables in my process to worry about.

I think that most of the stuff that I strain would end up at the bottom of the fermenter anyways, so maybe its unnecessary to get that stuff out. I don't know, but I'll keep doing it until I don't have a helper to hold the strainer as I pour the wort through. If I want to brew and can't round someone up, I'll just dump it in and not worry about it.

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