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Old 03-17-2013, 05:02 PM   #1
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Default Removing hop trub

Just fermenting my first all-grain batch which seems to be going fine. It was a pale ale with centennial and cascade hops. I was wondering if removing most of the hop trub before filling the fermenter has any effect on the taste of the beer.
If the hop gunk was in the fermenter would you get a more pronounced hop aroma/taste?

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Old 03-17-2013, 05:08 PM   #2
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Are you talking about the trub that settles in the boil kettle? If so, leave it behind.

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Old 03-17-2013, 05:10 PM   #3
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I don't have any sources to quote on this but my gut says no. That trub would be mostly spent as far as getting more flavor and since dry hopping early is useless because the co2 scrubs it then I'd say you won't get any aroma either.

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Old 03-17-2013, 07:23 PM   #4
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Yes I meant from the kettle. I wasn't sure wether the hops would be spent or not. I guess so.
Glad I filtered most of it out!
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:10 AM   #5
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I don't believe it makes any difference to the finished beer. If you want to re-use the yeast, it comes out cleaner if you don't have the trub in the fermenter ...... but then you can always wash it.

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Old 03-18-2013, 12:58 AM   #6
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It does not make a flavor difference unless you were to leave it in the primary for a couple of months. I have tried both ways of leaving it in the fermentor and filtering it out. I can tell no taste difference. The only difference is you lose less beer to the trub layer when racking the beer out of the primary, so that is reason enough for me to filter it out.

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Old 03-18-2013, 12:59 AM   #7
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I use a stainless steel strainer to filter as much gunk as I can from the kettle to the bucket.

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