I'm a relative newbie to homebrewing and recently finished my third extract brew. I'm having a problem when transferring my wort to the carboy. I use a funnel with a screen at the bottom and the hop residue clogs it up. I constantly have to scrape the screen to allow the wort to flow thru. Am I doing it wrong? Should I just remove the screen and pour the wort with all the hop residue into the carboy?
I use a bucket for my primary and pour the wort through a screen to catch the hops. If you like your hops, you will need to ditch the small screen in the funnel. Others will likely have suggestions for using a carboy for primary but I find the bucket primary and carboy secondary works great for avoiding the problem you are having.
I don't try to separate out any hops residue when transferring to the fermenter. For leaf hops, I generally use a bag now because they will clog up the pump I use but never for pellet hops or cold break or any other stuff.
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I use a mesh strainer and am usually by the garden/compost pile and keep flipping the crud into the pile as I go. In colder temps I dump the strainer into the compost pail. I try to keep some crud out of the carboy just to make the final racking a bit more efficient.
I just line my bottling bucket with a sanitized paint strainer and pour through a wire colander. The colander usually needs to be cleaned out once in the process. The nylon paint strainer grabs the rest of the shtuff. Works great for me! Then you can just pour directly into your fermentation vessel from there. The wort needs aeration, so this extra step helps ensure it!
I BIAB, and then use the bag as a super loose hop bag. Keeps 90%+ of the residue out of the primary, and still lets the wort circulate through and utilize the hops. That grain bag is the best purchase I've made to date.