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Old 02-10-2012, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default Mesh strainer and siphon

I recently bottled an ipa i have been working on and used a paint strainer over my auto-siphon. Everything looked great! appeared as though all sediment was left behind! Now i am just wondering does using the strainer leave any valuable beer elements behind? yeast?

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Old 02-10-2012, 04:45 PM   #2
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The yeast cells being microscopic would get through the mesh that were still in suspension. All the other settlings you don't need. It'll be fine.
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sweet! i think i want to keep using it every time! Eliminate sediment!

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You also want the beer to be clear,or slightly misty at bottling time. Even when bottled clear,the bottles will have a slight dusting of yeast dregs after carbonating/conditioning. It can't be avoided 100% with bottle conditioning. But it can be lessened greatly by allowing the beer to settle out clear. Or cold crashing. The mesh bag filter just helps as a last ditch move to make sure no particles get out to the bottling bucket.
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I love the thin gray layer of yeasties that are on the bottom of each home brew...lets you know this is REAL beer!

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Dumb question: does the paint strainer go over the "in" or "out" end of the siphon?

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I would place it over the inbound side, so as not to introduce air into the beer prior to bottling.

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in. Stop it before it goes into the strainer

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Thanks. I'd like to try this going from kettle to primary, too.

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I use a wire mesh strainer to go from kettle to primary. It filters out allot of the hops particles and cold break while aerating the wort.

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