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Old 02-20-2014, 10:53 PM   #1
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I'm sure there are a ton of threads about this on here but just wanted a second opinion. Is it necessary to filter/strain the wort into the fermenter after the boil? Or is it ok to dump all the by-product into the fermenter. Does it affect the flavors of the finished beer? Thanks!


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Old 02-20-2014, 10:57 PM   #2
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Both are acceptable. You can dump everything in and wait for it to settle out or you can use something like a fine mesh nylon paint strainer bag and filter it out. I tend to filter mine because I do mostly BIAB brewing.

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Agreed, but the bigger your trub, the more volume you will lose. Probably not a big deal on 5 gal batches, but its huge on mini batches...

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Old 02-24-2014, 03:53 AM   #4
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I filter my wort as it goes in to the fermenter with SS strainer for the hops and a fine mesh coffee filter for the trub. Works good except it takes time. I'm trying to get as clear of beer as I can (for looks) but after bottling I get the bottling trub anyways.



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I filter my wort as it goes in to the fermenter with SS strainer for the hops and a fine mesh coffee filter for the trub. Works good except it takes time. I'm trying to get as clear of beer as I can (for looks) but after bottling I get the bottling trub anyways.



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As long as you are bottle carbonating you can't get rid of the yeast in the bottle but you can reduce it a lot by letting your beer stay in the fermenter for a longer period. The beer I let sit for 9 weeks had so little yeast in the bottom of the bottles it was hard to see, even in a clear bottle.
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I always strain through a SS mesh strainer as I'm pouring into the fermentor. Getting all the hop material out allows more volume for actual wort and it helps to aerate it a bit.

Other than that though, most people I have read on here, say it doesn't matter at all weather you filter it or not.

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Old 02-24-2014, 07:45 PM   #7
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I don't filter/strain the wort anymore. I do use a hop spider, add Whirlfloc at 10min and give it a post-chill settling period of 15-20. When transferring to the bucket, I can leave almost all of the gunk behind.

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Old 02-24-2014, 08:21 PM   #8
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Clearly you can see from the above that there's nothing wrong with filtering. But I figured I'd add my opinion.

I don't personally filter. I use Irish moss in my boil to help drop out the proteins and then use my auto siphon with a cap that makes it siphon from the side about an inch from the bottom. In my experience I don't have any trouble with clarity or leaving too much wort behind in either the kettle or my fermenter.

In fact my last batch is perfectly clear even being bottle carbed and conditioned and also endued up just 4 bottles short of the 5 gallon mark.

So either way works. And no it doesn't affect the flavor. But if you dumped all the trub into the fermenter I would advise against filtering after it's done. Otherwise you run a much higher risk of introducing oxygen. If you're going to filter do it up front.

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Old 02-27-2014, 05:17 PM   #9
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I had the exact same question. I just did a batch and did not filter or siphon from the brew pot, but then afterwards noticed the kit instructions said to siphon. I did have the hops in mesh bags, so I pulled those out.

Just curious, what are the other solids that would be filtered out (besides hops)?

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Mostly protein from hot/cold break.

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