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Old 01-12-2013, 06:44 AM   #1
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Default To strain or not to strain, that is the question

Hi all, a noob general question here.... When we made our 1st batch (made with extract), we poured the wort into the carboy using the funnel that came with the kit, the funnel has a small removable strainer which we used. The strainer had to be cleared every few pours. The recipe didn't say anything about straining the wort, we just assumed it is the done thing. I've just read a recipe that says no need to strain. So to my question, does it matter if you strain the wort or not, does it have any effect on the fermenting process or on the flavour of the finished product or is it personal preference if you strain the wort or not ? I'm just curious as will be starting our second batch soon.... Thanks

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Old 01-12-2013, 06:50 AM   #2
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Ive made some great beers without straining. I dump everything in. It will give you more trub, but i see no problem with that.

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Really, it just depends on what you're looking for. I don't strain, but I do all of my hopping in nylon bags, and I siphon to my fermenter, leaving some of the crud behind.

in the end, it shouldn't affect flavor in most beers. But it can affect clarity, if you care about that.

Personally, I prefer only my wort in the fermenter, not the crud. If your strainer is small in your funnel, you can pour through a metal mesh kitchen strainer (smaller, handheld varieties can be had at Target or Walmart for just a few bucks.

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Or get a bigger funnel & put a fine mesh strainer on top of that. Regular kitchen strainers aren't the same as the fine mesh,dual layer ones.
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I strain for a couple reasons one is to remove the hops from the wort since I don't use a bag. second is if your using a fine mesh strainer it helps big time with aerating the wort when putting it in the fermenter. Its really up to you on how you want to brew everyone does things differently but in the end get the same results: BEER

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Yeah,pouring wort & top off water through the fine mesh strainer in a circular motion makes it come out the bottom of the strainer like rain. Aerates it all reall well. Then stir 5 minutes roughly to mix the wort & top off water & aerate more.
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Straining is straining. I never had a strainer that didn't clog.

Trub in the fermenter is not a problem. Dumping the whole thing is fine. You're not going to hurt your beer.

I've seen a few tests comparing trub and no trub. Results are contradictory. Sometimes trub is cloudy and tastes funky. Other times it's clear and has better flavor. My conclusion is there are more important things to consider.

You can syphon to greatly minimize trub to the fermentor. Whirlpooling can make siphoning cleanly much easier. You will most likely be happy with the results. You can siphon with your racking cane.

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I use a larger strainer,not the ones in the funnel. Those are pretty usueless. That's also why I have plastic fermenters,bigger opening to work with. So my set up doesn't glog so redilly. But I also use hop sacks,since not using them makes a big mess. Constantly dumping crap to get back to straining the wort. Keeping it cleaner in the boil kettle will mean less time cloging the strainer. It also aerates the wort & top off nicely.
Siphoning still requires a hop sack over the end to strain things out,like hop particles/leaves. Might as well strain it & save time.
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You don't need to put anything over your syphon tube.

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If you've got a lot of loose hop trub,etc in there,you'd be better off doing so. Extra steps at that point mean less trub loss later. That's from my experiences. If you want to let it all go & make it easier on you,go for it.
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