I had a question for those that are more experienced. I was told at the local Homebrew shop that when I move from my fermenter to the bottling bucket, I should use a siphon.
Currently, I have been using a strainer with a tight mesh filter and pouring into the bottling bucket with my sugar before I get bottling. My brew partner and I have felt that this gives extra aeration to the beer before we begin bottling. They guy at the home brew store told me this was incorrect and I should always use a siphon but did not give me a reason why pouring through a strainer was not optimal.
Can you tell me if this is just another reason to sell a piece of equipment or is there a good, scientific reason why using a siphon is optimal? I just don't know and the pouring method has been working.