Originally Posted by dcbc
It works better if you can get a little pull/push going, i.e., dip tube angled one direction pulling the wort with whirlpool return angled the other direction, pushing the wort to get a good spin going. You don't need a vortex. If you had the hop blocker in there as shown in the picture, that may have interfered with things a bit. Most importantly, you need to let it all settle for at least 20 minutes or so. I've got a picture of my trub/hop pile on the first page of this thread. That resulted from a pretty mild whirlpool and a 20 minute rest afterward. Good luck.
Thanks. I can easily re-orient the dip tube, however it will lead to increased residual in the kettle afterward. The hopBlocker was not in there during the whirlpool. I rested the ring into the sludge to try and reduce the amount of crud getting drawn into the dip tube. Not effective.
I might consider doing something like a 5 gallon bucket drilled with a ton of holes in the bottom and then covered with a SS mesh screen and drain into another 5 gallon bucket and then pour into the fermenter to filter this crap out next time... That does sound like a pain in the a$$ compared with using hop sacks and the hopBlocker however.
I think I did get a little hasty in starting to run off the wort to the fermenter.