Originally Posted by 1MadScientist
Do you have a center dip tube or a side/whirlpool tube? Did you keep it in during the boiling? Did you chill in your keggle on your first BIAB? Would you say the cold break and pellet hops stayed above or below the false bottom? Thanks...
I do have a center dip tube and left both it and the false bottom in during the boil (although they are pretty easy to remove and clean afterwards). I have a big immersion chiller with a recirc arm that I dropped into the keggle after the boil. Regarding cold break, hop particles, and general clarity, I think it's a tradeoff I'll have to make for the convenience of this method. I used whole hops and squeezed the bag pretty good after the mash. I think the whole leaves probably acted as a decent enough filter bed, but it seemed pretty murky when I pumped to the carboy. I would imagine that had I used hop pellets, a lot of them would make it through to the fermenter, but I can't confirm. I know a guy who's been doing BIAB like this for awhile and have sampled some of his light pilsners that were delicious, but cloudy.