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Old 06-25-2012, 01:46 AM   #11
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I honestly don't think there is really think there is a bad way to do it. Just find what works for you and have fun



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Old 06-25-2012, 01:51 AM   #12
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Does straining when going into the primary affect taste or is it primarily for having clear beer and less to clog airlocks?



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Old 06-25-2012, 01:55 AM   #13
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Personally I do it to give more oxygen to yeast, easier cleanup, clarity (if you let it age this is not really a concern), and I don't like to leave hops in my primary in case it is too active and clogs my airlock.

I haven't noticed any positive or negatives in terms of taste either way.

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Old 06-25-2012, 01:55 AM   #14
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Also make sure to really strain your brews. Especially if you have really fine hop particles in it. This is what usually gums up the airlocks. Blow-off tubes are better.
This is only half true. The yeast (especially a top fermenting ale yeast) can clog the airlock even in a clear, strained wort! It's always wise to use a blow off tube IMO..
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:01 AM   #15
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I've only brewed 3 batches of beer and a batch of cider. So far I've had to use a blow-by hose for every batch but the first one. I use the 3/8'' hose that came with my kit, pushed it around the 3 piece airlock tube and ran the hose into a sanitized beer bottle full of star-san. Haven't had a problem since.

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Old 06-25-2012, 02:03 AM   #16
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That is true. Especially if you don't have a lot of head space in your primary. But hops DO make it worse. I wasn't suggesting it can't ever happen.

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Old 06-25-2012, 03:24 PM   #17
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I just leave my lid loose for the first few days.

This is what I do as well. My secondary fermentation gets the tight lid and airlock!

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Old 06-25-2012, 04:07 PM   #18
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The Iron Rat Stout is delicious. I'm at TBBC from time to time, that's what I prefer when I'm there.

I've never brewed a brew bigger than 1065 so, three piece airlock has worked just fine for me on all my batches. As far as straining, another route you could go is to build yourself a hop spider. I use them in all my btaches, you can search on this site for the DIY instructions. Super easy and greta at catching just more than hop particles (coriander, orange peel, jalapenos, etc.).



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