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Old 01-31-2013, 03:40 AM   #1
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Default Rough day at work.

What else to do but brew a nice ale and enjoy some time in the kitchen using the stove for its original purpose. Plus my mother-in-law gave me my birthday gift early, so why not try it out, the only question, to filter the leaf hops or to not filter.

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Old 01-31-2013, 03:42 AM   #2
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I just recently heard of a process - strain them out when you are transferring from your boil pot to your fermentor.

It is supposed to get some extra hops goodness out of them.

I just leave mine, but its a PITA to separate at transfer to bottling bucket.

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Old 01-31-2013, 03:47 AM   #3
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I just recently heard of a process - strain them out when you are transferring from your boil pot to your fermentor.

It is supposed to get some extra hops goodness out of them.

I just leave mine, but its a PITA to separate at transfer to bottling bucket.
I was thinking to just use the spoon to get the big chunks, while leaving the smaller ones.
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...the small one are the ones that get stuck in the bottom end of the bottling wand, just sayin.

I'm going to try it next time. I got some local grown hops at our club Christmas party that are on deck for my next brew.

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That is going to be the fun part. The bottling bucket is the primary fermenter, and I have a lager in secondary that won't be ready until after this beer is ready to bottle.

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Pick up another virgin HDPE bucket at Home Depot or Menard's or such and sterilize it.

I have four - they are like $2.75 each.

Don't strain it into the bottling bucket though.

Extra air after fermentation isn't a good thing. Beer ends up with a cardboard taste.

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I was thinking about getting a second bucket anyway.

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I just recently heard of a process - strain them out when you are transferring from your boil pot to your fermentor.
I thought that is what people did normally?? Why wouldn't you strain into the fermenter? It (very slightly) aerates and gets rid of the crap.
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I ended up straining the whole thing last night, mainly due to a lack of energy and I needed to get to bed to sleep. Plus I figured a little extra O2 would help the yeast get started. When I went to check on it this morning, the air lock was bubbling away. 4 weeks out from bottling day!

EDIT: SG came out to 1.048, right on the money for what I wanted.

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I thought that is what people did normally?? Why wouldn't you strain into the fermenter? It (very slightly) aerates and gets rid of the crap.
I just had that situation with one of my last batches. I will avoid straining at bottling time from now on. I can't tell so much, but a guy judging a contest told me he could.
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