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Old 06-23-2014, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default Is it ok that I strain my beer before fermentation?

I take a cheesecloth and dump that wort through it into my fermenter. I have a feeling this oxygenates it well as well. I sanitize the cheesecloth first. Results in a nice wort with no trub.

Any negatives?

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Old 06-23-2014, 03:39 PM   #2
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Ok, but unnecessary.

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It's a good thing. You are still probably going to get some trub in there, since the particles can be small, but it will remove spent hops. And IMO, it's not worth worrying about getting out all the trub unless maybe you are trying to make a light lager.

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I know it isn't really necessary, but I run mine through a strainer to filter out some of the excess hop sludge.

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I pour mine through another BIAB bag from an ikea curtain.

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Old 06-23-2014, 04:23 PM   #6
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I strain thru a hop bag and get next to nothing trub works like a charm and oxidizes as well

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I use (stainless) steel wool on the pickup tube in the boil kettle. It slows down the draining of the wort, but does a great job of keeping pellet hops and break material out of the fermenter.

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I strain the wort through a mesh strainer and a grain bag as it transfers to the primary. Maybe it's not necessary, but I prefer to try and get the sludge out so that there's less in the primary.

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I poor mine through an extra biab bag. I only do it when I'm making a big ipa with lots of hops. I squeeze the bag to get all the liquid out.

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I've started just dumping everything into the fermenter. I've found it has no negative impact on clarity, taste, etc. and I end up being more efficient by getting more beer in the end. In fact, Brulosopher recently did an experiment and found that when he added all of the trub his beer actually came out clearer. When I do very hoppy beers I will still try to limit how much of the hops makes it in though.

But there's nothing wrong with straining it as long as you are doing it sanitarily.

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