Originally Posted by heckels
Have you whirlpooled before? If so, you'd see that all of the junk you're trying to collect in the center of the kettle is in suspension.
I've whirlpooled. But I've never been able to see how the solids behave during the whirlpool, due to the fact that the wort is too dark (even when the wort is pretty light in color its hard to see).
Ive just seen the result after the whirlpool but that doesnt give me much information how the solids behave during the whirlpool.
The solids would be in suspension, like you say. But as long as the solids are centrifuged to the middle (like when you stir a tea cup) it should be fine?
Of course you cant have the whirlpool going until the whole amount of wort has been drained, you would have to stop the whirlpool before the kettle is empty.
I really appreciated all of your inputs! All these thoughts I have are just that - thoughts and ideas.