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Old 04-12-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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I plan to use a SS kitchen strainer to filter my wort on its way into my primary carboy. I found one that fits on top of my funnel. I was hoping it would filter some of the Hops etc. Is there any risk or decrease in flavor or quality? I don't want to sacrifice taste or quality for clarity. I saw some other posts that are similar, but does not answer. I typcially do extract brews with LME.

Anyone have specific expereice that can confirm or offer advice?

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Old 04-12-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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From what I understand, you can leave the hops in or you can filter them out, makes no difference. I strain everything when I transfer to my primary.

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Old 04-12-2012, 05:55 PM   #3
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I can't answer this for you. I can tell you that I pour all but the absolute solid pieces of hops junk ino my fermentor, and my beers are extremely clear. I do let them sit for a while, however - I'm not a member of the "bottle it the moment gravity is stable" gang.

If you are patient, all of that hops junk will collect with the yeast into a nice, hard cake on the bottom.

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Old 04-12-2012, 05:57 PM   #4
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i never strain anything out when i pour my wort into the fermentor. in all honesty i dont think even doing that would help with clarity since it all sinks to the bottom. if you really want clarity I would recommend that you cold crash as this will greatly improve clarity while not changing any of the taste or quality. Just my thoughts though.

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Old 04-12-2012, 06:00 PM   #5
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i never strain anything out when i pour my wort into the fermentor. in all honesty i dont think even doing that would help with clarity since it all sinks to the bottom. if you really want clarity I would recommend that you cold crash as this will greatly improve clarity while not changing any of the taste or quality. Just my thoughts though.
I strain my beer and one advantage not mentioned is that this process also helps aerate the wort as it goes into the fermenter introducing lots of o2
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:04 PM   #6
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It certainly won't hurt and will help aeration.

I use hop socks, so there is not much to filter.

When the wort is about the temperature I want I give
it one last really good swirl and let it set about 10 minutes.

Then autosiphon into the primary and any solids get left behind.

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dubo- i guess you are right that it does give some extra O2 into the mix. I guess i just try to go for the simpliest way of doing things. I strained the first and second batch i ever did and after that i said screw it. I didnt notice any difference really so i just kept on pouring it right in there.

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dubo- i guess you are right that it does give some extra O2 into the mix. I guess i just try to go for the simpliest way of doing things. I strained the first and second batch i ever did and after that i said screw it. I didnt notice any difference really so i just kept on pouring it right in there.
I run my beer directly from the kettle through a CFC and drain through a strainer into my primary, it's what works for me :mug
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