Ok so I've moved on from kits to full boil 50l extract brews, I bought me this baby and skinned it with insulation myself to increase energy efficiency.
Now I've done two full boils in it, well not full as it takes 75l, but I've done 50ish litre boils.
First one went off without a hitch, the second one two days ago however gave me a few problems. The main problem was that the hop strainer got clogged when I was draining and I had to do a lot of stirring to get the wort out. The problem with that is that I also pushed a lot of hop and break material through, so the wort was very cloudy. The first time, it formed a perfect filter bed and did a great job of producing a crystal clear wort.
My question really relates to the amount of break material in the fermenter. Is it a problem? Will it settle out or will it lead to haze problems later?
I think I'll secondary this one in a week or so to get it off any trub that has settled but am wondering if getting a clear wort makes a lot of differnce or not, or does it matter at what stage you get the break material out?
Any advice would be much appreciated.
(On the road to an eventual kickass herms system with another boiler the same as this one to come and the same vessel also made into a mash tun, long term plans