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Old 01-21-2008, 06:52 PM   #1
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first batch ever, was straining into a carboy and my strainer kept getting clogged with this stuff. looks like a gross coney sauce.... was this caused by the irish moss I added?

What is it?
Is it normal to get a large amount of the stuff?
If one decides not to strain this would all go into the fermenter, and do what to the beer?

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Old 01-21-2008, 06:55 PM   #2
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That looks like the sludge from hop pellets. They kind of disintegrate in the boil and just fall to the bottom when it cools. You can strain them out (I do), or leave them in. It won't hurt anything, but I like to strain out the "junk" and top up to the 5 gallons. I figure if you've got a quart of sludge in there, why not remove it.

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Old 01-21-2008, 07:09 PM   #3
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I pour it in the fermenter and rack off when I transfer to the secondary. Makes no difference either way.

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I pour it in the fermenter and rack off when I transfer to the secondary. Makes no difference either way.
Same here, sometimes. I haven't been using secondaries so I filter when racking to kegs. No problems to report...
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A quart? Amateur!




This is before the ferment started. I know the bazooka was installed and I only used whole hops. It's going to be one weird batch!

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Old 01-22-2008, 06:02 AM   #6
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Same here, sometimes. I haven't been using secondaries so I filter when racking to kegs. No problems to report...
coffee filters or a real filtration system?
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coffee filters or a real filtration system?
Oh no, much more primative. I usually just put a mesh bag or something similar over my racking tube...
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You'll never get all that wort through a coffee filter... let alone an entire stack of filters. Use mesh....it clogs up FAST

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