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Old 05-23-2009, 02:13 AM   #1
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Getting ready to brew my second extract kit and got thinking about what issues I had with the first batch and how I could improve my technique. Both kit instructions for the hop additions say to just dump the hops (pellets) right in. Then they say that when the wort is transferred to the fermenter to leave the trub behind. When I did my first batch, I thought I could just pour it slowly, but alot of trub was coming along for the ride. I had to quickly sanitize a strainer which clogged up really fast and had to be emptied several times. I'm thinking there must be a better technique than this. What is the best method to transfer the wort to the fermenter and leave the crap in the pot...?



 
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Old 05-23-2009, 02:15 AM   #2
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i use a hop bag for the boil so i can just pull it out at the end...

as for the trub, I always dump the whole thing into the fermenter.


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Old 05-23-2009, 02:21 AM   #3
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Don't sweat the trub.
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Old 05-23-2009, 02:21 AM   #4
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I use a big strainer I bought from the HB store. I only had 1 time were it clogged and I just had to dump it, spray it again with my sanitizer and continue. Some people just leave it all in and dump into the fermenter. There is also the whirlpool method.

 
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Old 05-23-2009, 02:50 AM   #5
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get hop and grain bags and your troubles are over.

 
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Old 05-23-2009, 03:00 AM   #6
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If you dump the trub into the fermenter, then that trub can impart off flavors.
On the other hand, the trub also acts as a yeast nutrient, which will increase the yeast cell count and make the yeasts happier so they produce less off flavors. In other words, it probably doesn't make any noticeable difference.
If you really want to reduce the trub in the fermenter, you can whirlpool after cooling, and siphon into the fermenter instead of pouring. This will leave more trub in the kettle.

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Old 05-23-2009, 03:28 AM   #7
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+1 siphon from the top leave the stuff in the bottom behind.
+2 throw it all in the primary leave it behind when you siphon that.

 
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Old 05-23-2009, 06:18 AM   #8
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Hey, thanks everybody. I was just about to post the very same question, since I just had a little strainer clog earlier this evening. A hops bag sounds like the veritable nuts.
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Old 05-23-2009, 11:16 AM   #9
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are a hop bag and a grain bag the same thing? the kit comes with steeping grains and a big grain bag. can I cut off and use some of that?

 
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Old 05-25-2009, 11:58 PM   #10
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Shoot, I think I'd just rinse the grain bag and use it again. In fact, I'm going to try that next time around.


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