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View Poll Results: How do you transfer your wort from the kettle to the fermenter?
Kettle w/ valve 52 20.39%
Siphoning 67 26.27%
Manually pouring 132 51.76%
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:57 AM   #1
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Default How do you transfer wort from the kettle to the fermenter

Hey guys! After a few years of brewing I've decided that I'm tired of manually pouring the wort into my better bottles through a funnel that I can never seem to keep all the liquid in anyways, lol. I wanted to try to get some pros and cons feedback from you guys on the different methods/equipment used to make the transfer happen.

I'm looking at going with one of these two options:

1. Weld a stainless valve onto my boil kettle. If I use this method won't my ice bath contaminate the valve putting me at risk of infection? My immersion chiller is incapable of cooling the wort to below 80 without the aid of an ice bath. Will pellet hops clog the inside of the valve, I don't filter or boil bag my hops.

2. Use a autosiphon to transfer. The only issue I can see with this is maybe the pellet hops cloging the siphon during transfer. Also thats just one more thing that has to be sanitized, hopefully no bacteria survives on the inside of the siphon tubing.

Thanks for any info on which way will help my brew day go easier.

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Old 11-15-2010, 07:39 AM   #2
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I use an auto-siphon because I got tired of lifting and pouring the boil kettle

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I use an auto-siphon because I got tired of lifting and pouring the boil kettle
Yea thats my issue too, its fairly heavy and I always spill a little bit trying to ring the funnel, lol.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:48 AM   #4
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I just pour the whole works into my fermenting bucket. I use a bag for my hops so all I really get into my fermenter is the coagulated proteins in the wort.

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I use an autosiphon into a filtered funnel. Only problem being that since I don't have a wort chiller yet, I don't get a good enough cold break, so the filter gets clogged up during siphoning. However I use a nylon straining bag for my hop pellets during the boil so at least I don't have to deal with them.

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Actually I chill with my immersion chiller and then rack with an autosiphon into my fermenter. I leave it all behind, hop gunk and break material. What I do is when I start siphoning I gently rest the bottom of the autosiphon on one of the coils of the IC above the gunk and rack until all the clear wort is gone and I can see the bottom, then I lower the as closer to the muck and try to get as much of the remaining wort as well, leaving everything else behind.

Don't forget to do w quick whirlpool a few minutes before you start the autosiphon, it will help pull most of the stuff to the center of the kettle.

If you start high in the kettle and rack the majority of the beer in first, you can actually see where you then set your autosiphon and avoid the rest of the hops. Though with whole hops, it's nearly impossible not to have a few try to block your flow. They are yummy packages of pure evil in that capacity.

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I use to pour from the kettle. I've had a pot with a valve, but never used it. I finally broke down and bought tubing to transfer from the valve.

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Old 11-15-2010, 11:50 AM   #8
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I pour through a sanitized metal strainer which gets clogged from the hops quite a bit.

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Old 11-15-2010, 12:09 PM   #9
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I siphon through a counter flow chiller.
A copper scrubbing pad keeps the hops out.

BTW an autosiphon should not be used for hot wort (DAMHIKT),
use a copper or stainless racking cane.

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