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Old 11-13-2013, 02:18 AM   #1
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So after many hours of brewing my first hoppy IPA (4th brew in total), I discovered that my strainer clogged up while pouring the cooled wort into the primary. The 6 oz of hops i added during the boil prevented the wort passing through the strainer. In my tired state I gave up and dumped wort and spent hop in together. Fermentation is proceeding nicely, though I see plenty of hoppy bits churning around in the mix.

Did I screw up here or am I okay? I understand its best to strain as much of the gunk out of the wort as possible, if only to aid in settling. Note: I will be trasferring to a secondary in 1 week, then dry-hopping another ounce of cascade. All input appreciated.

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Old 11-13-2013, 02:24 AM   #2
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It'll be fine. Some folks strain, some folks don't. Either way, great beer gets made.

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Old 11-13-2013, 02:24 AM   #3
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There shouldn't be any problem as long as you don't mind the extra trub in your fermenter, it's not going to cause any issues to leave it.
Not to start the age old argument but it's not necessary to rack into a secondary before adding the dry hop

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Thanks both, relieved to hear its okay. As far as the secondsry goes... just gonna go with it for now. I need to practice up on my racking skills.

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I just had to throw it out there since it seems to show up every time anybody mentions secondary. .... its just a personal preference kinda thing and ya gotta do what feels right to you

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I very rarely strain just because I'm lazy and it's an extra piece to sanitize. But if you're worried about having hops floating around, at bottling time you can sanitize a hop bag and a rubber band and you can rubber band the hop bag to the inlet of your racking cane, or to the outlet of the siphon hose and that will help strain out some of the extra hops you might not want. I've done this on beers that I've dry hopped with success.

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I very rarely strain just because I'm lazy and it's an extra piece to sanitize. But if you're worried about having hops floating around, at bottling time you can sanitize a hop bag and a rubber band and you can rubber band the hop bag to the inlet of your racking cane, or to the outlet of the siphon hose and that will help strain out some of the extra hops you might not want. I've done this on beers that I've dry hopped with success.
I might havs to do this. One week in, vermentation has calmed down, and I see a lot of hop gunk floating on top. Guessing the only way to stop it transferring to the seckndady and then again to the bottle is with a hop sock or cheese cloth on the syphon. Hope I dont get issues with clogging
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Sorry for the spelling. Typing on the phone :/

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