Originally Posted by kingmatt
whhhhisk, like cool whhhhhip. everything tastes better with cool whhhhip...
Will Whhhheaton uses a whhhhisk to whhhhip his cool whhhhip...
On the topic of fermenter placement, if it is practical to put your fermenter up high enough that you'll be able to siphon out of it when the time comes, I'd do it. It saves you having to lift a big heavy bucket up later.
If it isn't practical, don't worry. When you do move it, do so carefully and gently. You'll want to do this because it is heavy, you don't want to kick up the yeast any more than you have to, and you don't want to slosh the beer and introduce oxygen. After you move it, give it a while to settle down. Again, if it is practical to move it the day before you transfer to your bottling bucket, great. If not, move it and then start getting ready to bottle.
As far as hops bag goes, I used a bag for my last batch, and although it cut down on the amount of trub, there was still a significant amount of fine particles in the wort. I think it was worth it, as I was able to get a lot more wort out of the pot this time.
Sorry for the long post....I am an engineer and by nature quite anal retentive.......
I think it is good to figure this sort of stuff out before hand, that way you don't have to stress out about the decision in the middle of the process. I find it much more relaxing if I have a procedure to follow. RDWHAHB!