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Old 10-10-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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Default What do you do to get/keep the crap out of your wort?

I did my first AG last night, and for the most part, it went great. I hit my target gravity, and everything smells wonderful.

The only issue I had was lots of 'stuff' in the wort. This was also my first time using whole hops (as opposed to pellets). I used a strainer to get the hops out, but there was still tons of debris. I don't know if it was hop debris or from the hot or cold break. I ended up leaving quite a bit of trub out, so my total volume was a little less than I hoped, and there's still lots of debris that made it into the carboy.

What things should I be doing to keep the beer cleaner?

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Old 10-10-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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I do my best to keep most of the junk in the kettle when I transfer to my bucket. Aside from that, I don't worry about it as most of the junk will settle out after fermentation is done anyway.

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Old 10-10-2011, 05:07 PM   #3
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Leaving out the trub is about the only thing I can think of. I always dump everything into the fermenter as the break material will settle out during fermentation. Also, I keg my beers so I generally don't have clarity issues.

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Old 10-10-2011, 05:13 PM   #4
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I just started using whole hops in the boil and have been putting them in a grain bag to minimize debris. Also, good hot & cold breaks help a lot. Finally, I always brew an extra 1/2 gallon, use Whirlfloc and whirlpool before transferring to the fermenter, leaving the extra 1/2 gallon with the break and such in the BK. The wort is always crystal clear and without debris.

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Old 10-10-2011, 05:22 PM   #5
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It will all settle and you will have clear beer in the bottle.

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Old 10-10-2011, 05:57 PM   #6
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Alright, it looks like I got my favorite type of advice: Do nothing.

Thanks, all.

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I've dumped it many times. I now whirlpool and siphon it from the side. It keeps my yeast cleaner (I repitch slurry most of the time.)

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Alright, it looks like I got my favorite type of advice: Do nothing.

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Exactly, it all settles out over time.
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I found removing it makes a cleaner flavor and reduces astringency.

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You just need one of these while you brew, and never leave from in front of your kettle.





They're right, everything settles eventually.

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