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Old 08-25-2011, 04:24 PM   #1
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I recently started using a pump to recirculate my wort during chilling. I also built a hop spider. I've been thinking about recirculating the wort through the hop spider (made with a paint strainer bag) in an attempt to reduce the trub that gets into the fermenters. Has anybody tried this?



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Old 08-25-2011, 04:32 PM   #2
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Sometimes, depending on break material you can wind up with a bag of wort/hops that won't easily drain. You won't know till you try.



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Old 08-25-2011, 04:40 PM   #3
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Has anybody tried this?
Yes, and I found that I prefer the results from whirlpooling, but as always YMMV.
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I had a similar question...

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Old 08-27-2011, 03:02 AM   #5
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I recirculate cooling wort through my hop spider with a paint strainer bag. I find that it reduces trub, but I mainly recirculate through my plate chiller in warmer weather to chill the wort enough to ferment. I do have to watch that the strainer bag doesn't block the outlet of the boil kettle during recirculating.

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I tried this today. I didn't put the hop spider in until 15 minutes left in the boil to sterilize it. At knockout I started recirculating through the hop spider. When I was ready to move the wort to the carboy, I turn the hop spider over which effectively lifted the bag up enough that it wasn't sitting on the bottom any more. The wort drained nicely and I got a lot less trub than I normally get. The only drawback was that the wort didn't seem to cool as quickly. The circulation probably wasn't moving as well since it was going through the hop bag.

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Yes. When I do this, my recirc arm is a piece of loc-line and I jump from in to outside of the hop spider when chilling or I'll get stratification of temps inside the spider. My spider doesn't cover the whole tun like a lot of folks. Mine is about 6 gallons big in a 17 gal tun.

I'm thinking of making mine smaller. Also, I do get an overflow when I try to recirc entirely in the spider.



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