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Old 02-05-2012, 02:34 AM   #1
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So I just installed a ball valve and pick up tube on my kettle and had a first run today on a pale ale I brewed. I thought having the pickup tube would help eliminate some trub and gunk getting into the fermentor. I cooled it down to 70 and then stirred it to try and get a whirlpool going, put the lid on and let it sit for about 25 mins. I went to start draining it and as it got towards the end there was no cone of trub in the middle, it was still all spread out on the bottom and I got a ton of gunk in the fermentor. How do you properly whirlpool without having a pump and some sort of recirculator?

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Old 02-05-2012, 04:49 AM   #2
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I whirlpool while using my IC and don't find any cone of stuff in the center either so I am interested in how this works too.

However, my pickup tube is close enough to the bottom of the kettle that most crap can't make it through so it remains behind.

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On my whirlpool IC, You have to have the output in the kettle right up against the wall. When it's running wide open, you get a vortex going and then shut it off for 20-30 minutes, and you will have a cone of trub.

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On my whirlpool IC, You have to have the output in the kettle right up against the wall. When it's running wide open, you get a vortex going and then shut it off for 20-30 minutes, and you will have a cone of trub.
how is this accomplished without a pump?
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how is this accomplished without a pump?
http://www.norcalbrewingsolutions.co...roduct201.html and a drill.
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Interesting. Have you tried that? Does it work well?
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I'd also like to hear more about this.

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I just stir vigorously with my SS spoon for about a minute and it makes a nice, tight cone of trub. Perhaps it's b/c I do it while the wort is still hot?

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I have searched for the ellusive trub cone since day one. Only gotten it once, seemingly at random.

I first tried the "stir like crazy and let sit for 20 minutes" method, no dice. Then the "use a paint mixer and drill, then let sit 20 minutes) no dice. I built my version of "jamil's whirlpool IC", no dice. I installed a whirlpool port on my keggle for use with my pump, and after some trial and error got it set up so it makes a real nice whirlpool while pumping. Only once with this last method did I get a trub cone. I THINK it was when I didn't use whirlfloc either. FWIW, I've tried all of these methods with and without whirlfloc.

I did a brew yesterday. At flameout, I added my flameout hops, and left it to whirlpool at about 185F, (chilled it slightly, then killed the chilling water). After about 20 minutes, I turned on the chilling water, chilled it to 68F, still whirlpooling. I let it go for a few more minutes, then shut off the pump to let everything settle. Once again, upon draining the keggle, no trub cone.

I've pretty much given up on the whole thing. I think all you bastards are enjoying a big joke with "oooh, you get a trub cone", and it's really impossible. Damn snipe hunt. I've never noticed off flavors from getting break/hop material in the fermenter, so the hell with it.

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I've never noticed off flavors from getting break/hop material in the fermenter, so the hell with it.
I think this is the important part. I never tried til recently, and never had a problem. For the first dozen batches or so I used to dump the trub in the fermenter and it wasn't a problem.
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