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Old 03-13-2009, 03:51 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I am almost complete my steeping / sparge step before starting the boil up and I am wondering for later when I am ready to move it all into fermentor, do I need to use the filter/strainer thingy that came with my funnel?

I am moving it into the primary bucket, not a glass carboy so I am thinking just dumping it in will work fine right? no real need to filter?


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I'm confused. What are you going to filter? Grain or wort?

You should strain out the grain before you boil...you'll want to filter out the hops and any other solids from the kettle before going into the primary.

Also, be sure to sanitize the strainer. I put mine in the kettle for a few minutes to boil off any nasties.

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Yeah after sparging I am going to strain the grains, then start the boil.
but when I am all done and putting it all in primary, I am thinking I may not need to strain the wort since I am using a fine mesh hop bag?

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Just use common sense, if there is anything solid that could plug up your blow off tube or airlock, then strain it. I always use a blow off tube any way. Every fermentation is different, even the krausen can be so thick that it will blow your airlock off. For such a simple procedure as sanitizing your strainer and pouring through, I would go ahead and do it. Might save you a big mess in the end.
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When I used a hop bag, I just dumped the cooled wort into the bucket. When I just dumped the hops in and let the float freely in the boil, I strained.

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The filter that came with my funnel was useless. It clogs within the first 1/2 gallon of wort. I use a strainer.

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The filter that came with my funnel was useless. It clogs within the first 1/2 gallon of wort. I use a strainer.
And here I thought I was doing something wrong. Up until now, I've had a pitcher of star san sitting next to me and as it gets clogged - I stick my hand in the star san and then pull out the clumps of hops that are clogging it. I switched to using my racking cane, and it seems to clog a little less.
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thanks for the tips fellow meisters,

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Just a thought, for my own education as well...even if you are using a hop bag, probably a good idea to strain, isn't that the whole point of cooling down fast to create the cold break? Solidify and strain out some of the impurities?

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Just a thought, for my own education as well...even if you are using a hop bag, probably a good idea to strain, isn't that the whole point of cooling down fast to create the cold break? Solidify and strain out some of the impurities?

Technically yes, you are correct. The big boys all whirlpool and leave what falls out in the main brewpot. Many here don't remove anything, they just dump the entire contents into primary with good results. In my mind cooling quickly gives unwanted microbes less time to get into the wort.
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