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Old 03-21-2009, 02:57 AM   #1
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I've done a hand full of extracts when it dawned on me I may not be doing something right. After cooling my wort should I dump everything including the hops sediment into the fermenter or leave the sediment in the boil pot? I usually dump everything, but my last batch I didn't dump all of the hops sediment from the boil whould I?

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Old 03-21-2009, 03:04 AM   #2
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I'm just a nooB myself, but if your not using some sort of bag to contain your hops or steeping grains, I would be straining your wort on its way to the fermentor.

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Old 03-21-2009, 03:07 AM   #3
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Your beer will not be ruined if you leave it in there, but you will have a better final product if you strain it out.

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Old 03-21-2009, 03:10 AM   #4
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I should have been more specific; I use hops pellets in the boil which pretty much break dow into a sediment after the boil and settle to the bottom when I chill.

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Old 03-21-2009, 03:11 AM   #5
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Your beer will not be ruined if you leave it in there, but you will have a better final product if you strain it out.
If I leave it in will it continue to contribute any hop to the beer?
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Old 03-21-2009, 03:14 AM   #6
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Not really. After 60 minutes boiling, most of the lupulin has already been extracted. Strain or don't strain, I don't notice a huge difference in flavor... just in clarity.

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There's obviously a few ways to do this. When I first started, I whirlpooled my wort a few times as it was cooling and then used the siphon to transfer the wort. Now I just use a strainer, but I do also use hop bags. Would highly reccommend picking up one if you're using pellet hops. Much less trub that way...

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Really appreciate the info I'm sure this will improve my brew. Thanks guys

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Old 03-21-2009, 04:44 AM   #9
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There was a thread a while back that said that dumping the sludge into the fermenter helped the fermentation to some extent. It said there was something in then trub that acted as a nutrient but also killed head retention.

The article went through dumping or leaving it in the brewpot. The final answer was.....











go ahead and leave it in the brewpot. A better way to make sure you have good fermentation is just to make sure that you oxygenate and pitch healthy yeast.

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I had thought I read here somewhere that it isn't good to pour the wort into a strainer as you are pouring into the primary. So it is ok to use a strainer?

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