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Old 05-29-2012, 05:43 PM   #1
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I finally got a diverter which allows me to pull wort from the side of my kettle instead of the middle. I've atempted twice to do a whirlpool and neither were successful. I'm interested to hear from people who whirlpool as a part of their process. Any advice or tips?

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Old 05-29-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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My process is very simple, but had been effective for me.
I simply stir the wort at flame out for a few minutes, creating a nice whirlpool.
Then, let sit for 20 minutes. This is important.
Once I turn the pump on and start drawing from the side, I catch the first few ounces of junk and discard. This will create a nice wort channel in the kettle, allowing me to draw clear wort.
Keep an eye on it as it is drawing down, and you'll be left with a nice trub cake.

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Old 05-29-2012, 08:43 PM   #3
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I second the rest period after the whirlpool... while I don't bother at home (I just dump it all into my ferm! screw it!), the SOP from the commercial systems I have worked on is a 5-10 minute whirlpool followed by a 30 minute rest. I don't believe those times are needed for a home system, evandena's sound good to me. One thing I would recommend to someone making a fancy home kettle would be to put a trub dam in front of your OUT port, they may not ALWAYS be necessary, but they certainly help.

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