So, I have been using a 5 gallon paint strainer while transferring from my boil kettle to my FV on the last 4 brews. It seems to work very well, but I do have some questions:
First, the strainer bags hold the finest materials, so the contents left in the strainer bag become very wort logged.. to the point where I have to squeeze the wort out of the bag to top off my volumes. Its starting to feel risky to do this, since I have to wring out the strainer bag with my hands. I am contemplating dropping this technique on my next batch, and just wanted some feedback from the forum on this.
I recently put in a pick up tube into my kettle, which doesn't make any sense while I still use the paint strainer method... The tube is basically a u shaped piece of copper, so it picks up from the side of the kettle... I am thinking that on my next batch, I will cool the wort while stirring, and let it settle, hopefully leaving most of the trub/hops away from the sides, and then just go out of the kettle thru the pick up straight into the FV, with no strainer. This method will also seem to be a bit easier, time wise... Currently, I have to drain into a bucket with the strainer, then pour the bucket into my Spiedel fermentor. So, I can eliminate one step, and the cleaning out of the bucket and paint strainer.
What do you guys think about this scenario? I think I am gonna give this a shot... Guess I better see what volume is left in my kettle on a dry run with water before I do a real batch, then make that adjustment in Beersmith.
I guess I am just trying to simplify my brew day, and have less to clean up and less chance of contaminating my wort before I even give it a chance to ferment